As part of the 2021 edition of the ICC Awards, The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ICC Teams of the Year across men’s and women’s international cricket across their channels today.
The ICC Women’s T20I Team of 2021 (in batting order) features openers Smriti Mandhana (IND) and Tammy Beaumont (ENG) followed by Danny Wyatt (ENG), Gaby Lewis (IRE) and is captained by Nat Sciver with wicketkeeper Amu Jones (ENG) along with Laura Wolvaardt (SA), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Sophie Ecclestone (ENG), Loryn Phiri (ZIM) and Shabnim Ismail (SA).
About the ICC Women’s T20I Team of 2021
With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, Smriti Mandhana was India’s highest scorer in the format in 2021. She scored two fifties in the nine matches she played this year, and got her team off to rapid starts regularly, as evident up by her strike-rate of 131.44. Tammy Beaumont’s reliable presence at the top of the order helped England off to steady starts regularly. She played nine matches and amassed 303 runs at an average of 33.66, including three fifties. Danni Wyatt amassed 252 runs in nine matches, at an average of 31.50. While her opening partner in England, Beaumont was a solid presence at one end, Wyatt took the attack to the bowlers, as her strike-rate of 133.33 suggests. Gaby Lewis became the first Ireland Women’s player to score a century in international cricket in 2021, with her knock of 105* against Germany on the opening day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier.
In all, Lewis amassed 325 runs in the year at an excellent average of 40.62. The experienced England all-rounder, Nat Sciver (C) produced many impactful performances throughout the year batting in the middle-order, she scored a total of 153 runs, including one fifty, and she also picked up 10 wickets at an excellent average of 20.20. England wicketkeeper-batter, Amy Jones impressed everyone with her scoring range and power hitting ability in 2021. Jones batted mainly in the lower middle-order and helped England with quick runs regularly. She accumulated a total of 151 runs, which came at a superb strike-rate of 142.45.
Laura Wolvaardt was one of the best performers among middle-order batters in 2021. She gave South Africa much-needed acceleration in the middle-overs, scoring her runs at a mind-boggling strike-rate of 161. She was extremely consistent at that too, as her runs came at an outstanding average of 53.66. Her compatriot Marizanne Kapp played only six matches in 2021 but still delivered an impactful, all-round performance in those games. Kapp amassed exactly 100 runs and picked up eight wickets as well, at an excellent average of 15.00.
England spinner Sophie Ecclestone was one of the most effective bowlers in T20Is last year. Ecclestone picked up 11 wickets in nine matches, at an excellent average and strike-rate of 17.18 and 17.9 respectively. Loryn Phiri played nine T20I matches for Zimbabwe, and claimed a stunning 16 wickets, including best figures of 5/6. Her bowling average stood at a stunning 7.18. Shabnim Ismail, the experienced South African pacer played only six matches last year and picked up 11 wickets at a mean average and strike-rate of 13.00 and 12.0 respectively. This includes a five-for, which came in the home series against Pakistan in January.
The ICC Women’s ODI Team of 2021 features (in batting order) openers Lizelle Lee (SA) and wicketkeeper batter Alyssa Healy (AUS), with Tammy Beaumont (ENG), Mithali Raj (IND), captained by Heather Knight (ENG), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Hayley Matthews (WI), Fatima Sana (PAK), Jhulan Goswami (IND), Shabnim Ismail (SA) and Anisa Mohammed (WI).
About the ICC Women’s ODI Team of 2021
With 632 runs, Lizelle Lee finished as the highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs in 2021. The South Africa wicketkeeper-batter played only 11 matches in the calendar year and recorded an outstanding batting average of 90.28, with one century and five half-centuries. Wicketkeeper and batter Alyssa Healy had a great year once again as she accumulated 267 runs in just six ODIs in 2021, at an excellent average of 44.50. She scored two fifties, including a best of 77 which came against India at home in September.
Tammy Beaumont, the English opener had one of the best years of her career as she amassed 503 runs at an average of 62.87, and thus finished as the second-highest run-scorer in the format in 2021. Beaumont scored one century and four fifties, thus playing a crucial role in England’s success as a team.
Mithali Raj, India batter and captain, amassed the same number of runs as Beaumont and at exactly the same average. But her runs came when the Indian team struggled as a unit, thus making her contribution even more important. She didn’t score any century this year but made a total of six half-centuries.
England Women’s captain Heather Knight has been vital in their middle order for a number of years now and she was one of the top performers in that role once again in 2021. Knight accumulated a total of 423 runs this year, at an average of 42.30, including one century and three fifties. She also played a key role with the ball, chipping in with five wickets at an average of 19.80.
South African all-rounder, Marizanne Kapp, has been one of the best performers with both the bat and ball in 2021. Kapp has played the role of an attacking middle-order batter brilliantly, scoring her runs at an outstanding strike-rate of 98.91. She amassed a total of 183 runs in 2021 at an average of 61, including a best of 68* which came against Pakistan in Durban in the month of January.
West Indies all-rounder, Hayley Matthews was in peak form in 2021. She accumulated a total of 380 runs in the year, including one century and a fifty. With the ball she made an equal impact, picking up 18 wickets at an outstanding average of 22.44. Pakistani all-rounder Fatima Sana finished the year as the joint-highest wicket-taker, with 20 wickets to her name in just 13 ODI matches. Sana picked up her wickets at an excellent strike-rate of 26.6. She did well as a lower-order batter too, amassing a total of 132 runs at an average of 14.66.
Indian veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami claimed a total of 15 wickets in 2021 and maintained an excellent economy rate of 3.77 as well. An experienced bowler who can keep runs in check, and pick up wickets at the same time, is a valuable asset in any side. With 18 wickets, Shabnim Ismail finished as the joint second-highest wicket-taker in 2021. A reliable pacer both with the new-ball and at the death, Ismail was a consistent performer for South Africa throughout the course of the 12 matches she played.
West Indies off-spinner Anisa Mohammed finished as the other joint-highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets to her name at an outstanding average of 18.00. She was one of the most economical bowlers in the year once again, conceding only 3.61 runs per over.
The ICC Awards 2021 in the individual category for excellence in women’s and men’s international cricket will be revealed on all ICC channels beginning Sunday 23 and Monday 24 January.
Players that have had the most impactful performances in the period under consideration – 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 were nominated for these awards. To refer to the full list of nominations please click here.
The ICC Voting Academy, comprising a wider selection of global cricket journalists and broadcasters, have voted for their first, second and third choices, while an overwhelming 1.2 million global cricket fans also submitted their votes to choose their favourite cricketers of the year. The result of the ICC Voting Academy selections and the fans’ vote will be combined to determine the winner in each of these categories. The Emerging and Associate categories did not feature shortlists and will be determined solely by the ICC Voting Academy.
For all information on the ICC Awards please refer to the https://www.icc-cricket.com/awards page.
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