Women’s Cricket, after being practically overshadowed for the longest time, has finally started to witness the growth which it rightfully deserved all along. The stakes are now much higher with the viewership tally breaching records almost throughout the season’s calendar. A testament to this would be the final of the ICC’s T20 World Cup Final between India and Australia in the year 2020, which saw close to 87,000 spectators in attendance at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground.
This in the truest sense depicts the trends of development around women’s cricket at all levels. A greater number of fans means greater coverage and this leads to the emergence of superstars of the sport. Today, cricket fans of a country would know a great deal about their Women’s Cricket teams as well, the teams which work just as hard as their male counterparts and in the process inspire millions of young girls to take up the sport.
One of the most dominating teams in the International Women’s Cricket circuit is England, being at the 2nd spot on the T20I rankings and 3rd on the ODI rankings. Let’s look at the team members with some numbers showing what makes the team a ruthless force.
- Amy Jones
The current Captain of the England Women’s Cricket team, Amy Jones is a right-handed wicketkeeper-batter. Born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, Jones has filled in the shoes of legend Sarah Taylor as the wicketkeeper in the English side.
- Danny Wyatt
She is a top-order, right-handed batter and is quite an experienced member of the England Women’s cricket team. She made her debut against India in an ODI match in Mumbai in the year 2010 and has been a consistent performer on the team since then.
- Tammy Beaumont
Tamsin Tilley Beaumont, popularly known as Tammy is an opening batter of the side. She too has immense experience with 100 ODI appearances under her name. She made her debut against Australia in a test match at Wormsley in 2013.
- Maia Bouchier
A right-handed middle-order batter for the side, Bouchier has till now only played T20Is for England. Comparatively a young member of the team, she made her debut against New Zealand at Hove on 4th September 2021.
- Alice Capsey
Capsey, making her ODI debut for England at the age of just 18, is a batting allrounder for the team. Her batting style is right-handed and she bowls right-arm off-break. While she has both batted and bowled in T20Is, she is yet to ball her first ball in an ODI.
- Sophia Dunkley
Dunkley is a right-handed batting allrounder and bowls right-arm leg break. Currently 24 years old, she made her debut against Bangladesh at Gros Islet in the year 2018 and played her first ODI against India at Bristol in 2021. Dunkley makes a great impact on the England Women’s cricket team.
- Charlie Dean
Charlotte Ellen Dean is a young bowling allrounder. She is a right-handed batter and bowls right arm off-break. She made her debut against New Zealand in September 2021 and was recently involved in the infamous non-striker run out by Indian spinner Deepti Sharma.
- Lauren Bell
Lauren Katie Bell, nicknamed – The Shard is a right-arm medium pacer on the team. She made her ODI debut this year against South Africa and has shown immense promise. Being in the early stage, Katie has claimed 2 wickets in 7 games.
- Kate Cross
Cross is an experienced right-arm medium pacer in the side and has played more than 50 ODI matches for her country. She debuted against West Indies in a T20 match in October 2013.
- Sophie Ecclestone
The much experienced especially considering her age, Ecclestone is a left-arm slow orthodox bowler and she has played more than 50 ODIs as well as T20Is in her illustrious career. She made her debut in July 2016 against Pakistan in a T20I
- Freya Davies
The 26-years-old is a right-arm medium pacer for England. The highlight of her career has been the 4-wicket haul she took against New Zealand in a T20I in Wellington. She made her debut in a T20I against Sri Lanka in March 2019.