Rachel Priest is a wicketkeeper -batswoman who rose up through the ranks at Central Districts. In January 2007 she was named in the New Zealand A squad for the first time, and an impressive 36 off 34 balls in her first game helped with her promotion to the full squad for the tours of Australia and England later in the year.
She played her first ODI match in 2007 against Australia. The same year she also made her T20I debut. Since then she has been the regular in the white ferns side. Priest opens the innings for New Zealand along with Suzie Bates and the duo have become a formidable opening pair for the side.
A technically correct wicketkeeper, Priest is also a hard-hitting batswoman and became an increasingly consistent run-maker as her career unfolded.The year 2015 was remarkably prolific one for her – she scored 592 runs in ODIs at an average of 53.81, including four fifties and two centuries.
Along with the International cricket she also plays different T20 leagues. Priest was picked up by Melbourne Renegades in WBBL and has played two seasons for them. In 2017 she was signed by Sydney Thunder and currently playing for them. Not only WBBL, she also plays for the Western Storm in England’s Kia super League.
Rachel Priest holds the record for the highest individual score by a batswoman in an ODI innings as wicketkeeper (157) and is the only wicketkeeper batswoman in ODI history to score 150 in an innings.