When up’n’comer Madeline “Maddy” Green made her WHITE FERNS debut while still a teenager, it was quite a first assignment: a T20 against Australia, on a rain-sprinkled day on their home turf in Sydney, February 2012, where the hosts had won the toss. However, not only did the WHITE FERNS defeat the Southern Stars, it was a tight, low-scoring, last-over win in which Green’s quick 14 off 18 proved essential. Welcome to the thrills and pressures of international cricket.
The young batting allrounder would wait a further two years before the chance to make her ODI debut — another winning start as the WHITE FERNS crushed a weakened touring West Indies side in Lincoln. A whirl at that year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India and a reciprocal tour to the Caribbean followed, then re-selection to mid-2015’s ground-breaking first bilateral tour of India.
But the top order depth and all-rounder stocks in New Zealand’s squad meant the playing XI was tough to break into on a regular basis, and it was as a replacement for injured spinner Leigh Kasperek that Green was brought back into the squad on the October 2016 one-day tour of South Africa.
Tall, agile and composed, Green is also a superb fielder and has scored a domestic century at one-day level for the Hearts, having posted her maiden ton (105 off 117) in late 2015 to set up an impressive victory over Suzie Bates’s Otago Sparks. Away from the field, Green has also found time to graduate from Auckland University and join ANZ’s graduate programme.