Sarah Taylor, England

Sarah Taylor

England and Sussex wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor became a double World Cup winner in the summer of 2009 having played key roles in both of England’s 50 and 20-over successes, home and away. 

One of the most destructive players in the women’s game, she opens the batting and more often than not, gets England off to a fast start.

It is testament to her importance to the national side that one of the reasons they struggled in the 2013 event was that she had a quiet tournament with the bat.

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.

Her first ODI century came against Australia in 2007, another followed one year later when she and Caroline Atkins put on a mammoth 268-run opening partnership against South Africa and the Australians were on the receiving end of another triple-figure score in 2009, as were New Zealand in 2012. 

216 runs at an average of 30.85 helped set England on the way to the World Cup title in 2009, and a similar return of 119 runs at 29.75 in the World Twenty20 completed a memorable year for both her and the team.

She also helped England win the Women’s Ashes in 2009, 2013 and 2014.

She was one of three England stars to play in Australia’s domestic cricket in the winter of 2014/15 and then hit two half-centuries as England completed a 3-2 ODI series win in New Zealand.

A powerful hitter and fast scorer, she has represented Walmley in ECB Men’s club cricket competitions and an option is open for her to play for Sussex 2nd XI.