Gunn & Moore’s Sarah Taylor will become just the 23rd women – and seventh from England – to reach a century of One-Day Internationals when her side takes on South Africa at Centurion tomorrow.
Her landmark comes off the back of a fine winter in Australia, where she became the first woman to play first grade cricket, joining the Northern Districts Cricket Club in South Australia.
She followed that up by playing for the Adelaide Strikers in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.
In 14 matches, she hit 393 runs with a top score of 78 not out, although it wasn’t quite enough to guide her side into the final.
Now on international duty as she hopes to help England qualify automatically for the ICC Women’s World Cup next year, she struck an unbeaten 41 to guide England into a 1-0 series lead in the opening match in Benoni.
Taylor joined Gunn & Moore in 2013 and has been an established member of England’s side for many years.
She made her debut for Sussex in 2004 and in just two years had progressed to full national honours, playing Test, ODI and Twenty20 International cricket from 2006 onwards, all the while keeping wicket with a safe pair of hands behind the stumps.
Taylor scored her first ODI century against Australia in 2007, and one year later she and Caroline Atkins put on a huge 268-run opening partnership against South Africa.
The Australians were on the receiving end of another triple-figure score in 2009, as were New Zealand in 2012 and West Indies in 2013.
She is also a multiple Ashes winner and among a select few women who regularly turn out for Premier League clubs in the UK.
And as she is now poised to join an elite group of cricketers who have played 100 ODIs, and given her outstanding consistency as an England player, what is to bet that she won’t eventually top the list of all-time appearances?
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