Dubai, April 6: England left-winger Sophie Ecclestone, Australian starter Rachael Haynes and South African starting batswoman Laura Wolvaardt were nominated for the ICC Player of the Month award on Wednesday, cricket’s world governing body said.
Ecclestone, currently the top-ranked bowler in ODIs and T20Is, produced some brilliant bowling performances at the recently concluded ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand to become the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets in nine matches.
It also includes a career-best 6/36 in the semi-final against South Africa in Christchurch. His outstanding bowling throughout the tournament helped England to another World Cup Final, where they were beaten by Australia by 71 runs.
Australia had many heroes by their side who helped them clinch their seventh World Cup title on Sunday. But Haynes’ contribution to the top of the standings was one of the biggest positives for Meg Lanning’s team throughout the tournament.
Haynes scored 497 runs in nine games, averaging 62.12, to finish as the second-highest running back in the tournament. His three half-centuries and a brilliant century in their opening match of the tournament against England helped Australia get solid starts alongside Alyssa Healy throughout the tournament.
Ultimately, he propelled Australia to lift the trophy for the seventh time.
Speaking of strong performances, Wolvaardt hit with supreme consistency in the World Cup. He led the South African batting order and made some good contributions at the top.
With five half-centuries in eight matches, Wolvaardt scored 433 runs at an average of 54.12, making him the fourth-best running back in the tournament. His best result of 79 80 balls came in South Africa’s thrilling final group stage match against India.