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Last Updated: January 23, 2024, 15:14 IST
ICC Announces Women’s ODI Team for 2023
The International Cricket Council announced the team on Tuesday which didn’t include a single player from India.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) named its Women’s ODI Team for 2023 with 5 Australians making the cut. The global cricketing body rolled out the team on Tuesday which didn’t include a single player from India.
Veteran Sri Lankan batter Chamari Athapaththu, who showcased exceptional skills in the ODI format throughout the year, has been named the skipper of the side. Her standout moment came in the series decider against New Zealand, where she played a stunning unbeaten 140 off just 80 balls, leading her team to a historic victory after a shaky start in the chase. She also led Sri Lanka to a 1-0 series win over Bangladesh.
Speaking of the Aussies, the likes of Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner and Annabel Sutherland have made it to the team of the year.
Litchfield began her ODI career with back-to-back half-centuries, but reserved her best for late in the year, where on her maiden tour of India, she stood apart from the rest. In four of the 14 ODIs she played in the year, the young sensation was awarded the Player of the Match award.
Veteran Perry was Australia’s highest run-scorer in the Women’s Ashes in England, making 185 runs in three ODI innings, including two fifties and another score in the forties. She played a big role in the series in India, reeling off half-centuries in the first two games as Australia took an unassailable lead in the three-match series.
Mooney accumulated 439 runs at an average over 60. The left-hander began the year with a Player of the Series performance against Pakistan, making scores of 57* and 133. She stood as wicketkeeper in four ODIs in the year and will be the wicketkeeper for this ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year 2023.
Sutherland made it to the side on the back of her some lower-order runs and some crucial wickets with the ball. While her 47-ball 50 from No.7 in Southampton was crucial to Australia winning by three runs, her most impressive knock in the year came as opener. With the ball, she took 13 wickets in as many games, bowling at an economy rate under five runs per over. Her best came in Melbourne at the start of the year against the Windies, when she took 3-6 in five overs in a rain-affected match.
With 24 wickets in 13 ODIs, Ash Gardner was the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs in 2023. While not contributing heavily with the bat during the year, her best came against England in Southampton in an ODI where her all-round showing stood out.
Meanwhile, the likes of Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Nat Sciver-Brunt (England), Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), and Nahida Akter (Bangladesh) were the other players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the year.
ICC Women’s ODI Team for 2023
Chamari Athapaththu (c), Phoebe Litchfield (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Beth Mooney (Australia), Ash Gardner (Australia), Annabel Sutherland (Australia), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Nat Sciver-Brunt (England), Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), and Nahida Akter (Bangladesh).