Last decade, the women's cricketers around the globe showed us why cricket is never a game only meant for men alone. Here is a list of 10 great performers from the last decade.
Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Across the decade Ellyse Perry has a Test batting average of 114.6 and a bowling average of under 17. And these are the figures of a woman whose Test career has been limited to just eight Tests across a career spanning 11 years. The #1 ranked all-rounder in the world and the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2019, Perry has been named as one of the five cricketers of the decade by Wisden.
Charlotte Edwards (England)
England’s greatest batter of the modern era, a run-compiler of the highest order, Charlotte Edwards' career spanned 20 years. As captain, Edwards won back-to-back Ashes series in 2013 and 2014. She was also one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 2014.
Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
A magnificent captain for New Zealand, Suzie Bates stepped down in 2018 after nearly seven years in the job. Bates' work ethic has shone nearly as much as her run-getting and her more than handy medium pace. Suzie Bates is New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in one-day internationals and fifth on the all-time list.
Meg Lanning (Australia)
In 2011, Meg Lanning became the youngest male or female Australian to score an ODI century; in 2012 she smashed the record for the fastest ODI century by an Australian and in 2014, aged 21, she was handed the captaincy Under Lanning's leadership, Australia have won the T20 World Cup twice and have just broken the record for consecutive wins in ODIs – 18 surpassing the achievements of Belinda Clark’s great team.
Mithali Raj (India)
Near impossible to leave behind Mithali Raj. Mithali is the leading ODI scorer with nearly 7,000 at more than 50. The Indian stalwart has the steely temperament and silky stroke play. Undoubtedly, the best batswoman ever produced by India.
Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
West Indies’ leading ODI run-scorer has been a trailblazer for her country from the day Stafanie Taylor scored a 49-ball 90 in her first T20I as a teenager. Taylor led West Indies to triumph at the 2016 T20 World Cup – finishing as leading scorer and player of the tournament. She sits pretty in the ICCl rankings, second in both the batting and all-rounder categories.
Jhulan Goswami (India)
The leading ODI wicket-taker in women’s cricket with 225, Jhulan Goswami has been a giant, in every sense, of India’s side since 2002. She has collected her wickets with speed and guile, moving the ball off the pitch and occasionally getting it to spit. At 37, she still runs in with the same enthusiasm.
Megan Schutt (Australia)
Megan Schutt terrorizes the opposition with the swinging ball and consistently hovers around the top of the ICC bowling rankings. In September Schutt became the first Australian woman to take an ODI hat-trick; she was also the first Australian to take a hat-trick in a T20 international.
Katherine Brunt (England)
Katherine Brunt’s unstinting, big-hearted, gut-busting efforts for England have carried the attack for years. Brunt has swapped some speed for accuracy and a selection box of skills, and her sometimes badly concealed irritation at fielding fumbles make her an addictive watching. She can tonk a few with the bat, too.
Sarah Taylor (England)
Widely feted as the best wicket-keeper in the game, the swift-gloved Sarah Taylor announced her retirement in the summer after struggling with anxiety issues for most of her career. No woman has come close to her 232 dismissals across all formats and Taylor is also second on England’s list of all-time run-scorers.
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