It is the Women’s T20 World Cup stars that are on the list as the ICC announced the Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2023. Recognized for their exploits in the shortest format, here is the ICC’s T20I Team of the Year, take a look at the players that made the cut.
Chamari Athapaththu (c) (Sri Lanka)
The veteran Sri Lankan finished with 470 runs in the year, scoring at a quicker-than-usual strike rate of 130.91. With 15 sixes in the year, she also hit a personal high in Women’s T20Is.
Beth Mooney (wk) (Australia)
Making 410 runs at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 120.58, Beth Mooney was a key performer for the all-conquering Australians who claimed another T20 World Cup trophy.
Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)
Only Hayley Matthews made more runs than Laura Wolvaardt’s 586 runs at 45, and the South African star enjoyed the stage of a home T20 World Cup. The classy right-hander built into the year with a knock of 42* (39) against the West Indies in East London and pushed on with three consecutive fifties as the Proteas made their World Cup charge.
Hayley Matthews (West Indies)
Matthews was the most prolific run-scorer in women’s T20Is (700 at 63.63, strike rate 132) in 2023, while also claiming 19 wickets at an economy of 6.84. The No.1 ranked ICC Women’s T20I all-rounder also had a good T20 World Cup, making 130 runs and taking four wickets and four catches. Overall, the all-rounder racked up 700 runs in the year, the most by any player in a year in Women’s T20Is.
Nat Sciver-Brunt (England)
Making 364 runs at 45.50 and a strike rate close to 136, Nat Sciver-Brunt continued to match her reputation as one of the best players in the world, only dismissed twice under 10 across the year in the T20I format. Sciver-Brunt chimed in with the ball at times, taking five wickets at an economy of better than eight an over.
Amelia Kerr (New Zealand)
It was another strong year for one of the game’s brightest talents, making 365 runs with bat in hand alongside 12 wickets in 11 bowling efforts with her leg spin. With the bat, Kerr averaged close to 37 with a strike rate of 115.50, making three half-centuries over the year. A spell of 3/23 against Australia in Paarl was a highlight on the bowling side, also taking 3/11 against Pakistan in Queenstown at the end of the year.
Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Perry ended 2023 on a high, putting together scores of 51*, 34, 70 and 40 in the bilaterals against England and West Indies. A notable aspect of Perry’s year was her continued aggressive intent with the bat as she made 319 runs in 10 innings at an average of 45.57 and a strike rate of 151.18. With 11 sixes in the year, she surpassed her personal best and showcased a different range to her T20 game.
Ash Gardner (Australia)
Player of the Tournament of the T20 World Cup in 2023, Gardner made 234 runs at 29.25 with a strike rate of 121.24 across the year, of which 110 were made at the T20 World Cup. She also finished the year with 17 wickets at 19.70 with an economy of 7.33.
Deepti Sharma (India)
Deepti Sharma proved difficult to dismiss with the batter having a decent strike rate across almost 60 overs for India. The off-spinner claimed 21 wickets in 17 outings, including four three-wicket hauls early in the year. The lower-order batter also chipped in with the bat when required, making 106 runs at a rate of better than a run a ball.
Sophie Ecclestone (England)
The top-ranked women’s T20I bowler finished the Women’s T20 World Cup with 11 wickets, more than anyone at the tournament. S finished the year with 23 wickets in 11 matches, with an amazing average of 10.60 and bowled at an economy rate of 5.65. Ecclestone ends the year as the No.1 ranked Women’s T20I bowler with 777 rating points.
Megan Schutt (Australia)
So crucial with the new ball, Megan Schutt again stepped up for Australia when needed, taking 21 wickets at 15.57 at a rate of just 6.81 runs per over. Schutt claimed 5/15 (4) against Pakistan to begin the year, and raced into the T20 World Cup with seven wickets in the first three matches of the campaign. The swing bowler went on to claim a wicket in every match at the tournament, taking 1/23 in the final against South Africa.