The winner of the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year had a 2022 to remember. Here we take a look at her performances and celebrate some of her outstanding achievements.
Nat Sciver – England
833 runs and 11 wickets from 17 matches
The year that was
Sciver produced another memorable year in an already stellar career, completing five half-centuries and two centuries in 2022 to be England’s best performance in the year with the bat.
She finished second in the year in the points table behind Laura Wolvaardt, with 833 runs at an average of 59.5 and a strike rate of 91.43.
She saved her best for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, with 436 runs in the tournament at an average of over 70. She finished third in the overall charts behind Australian duo Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes, but achieved a better average then the two. .
Sciver took a short break from the game later in the year, but returned with confidence to help England record a 3–0 run over the West Indies in the Caribbean.
As if she was never gone, Sciver made scores of 90 and 85 to finish as the leading run scorer in the series.
Sciver’s best came in the Cricket World Cup final against Australia, where she single-handedly kept England chasing an unbeaten 148 off 121 balls.
Chasing Australia’s lofty total of 356/5, Sciver produced a knock for centuries and dragged her side from 191/6 into within reach of an improbable victory.
Sciver walked in with England in a tricky position at 38/2 and stayed there to the end, upsetting the Aussie bowlers with her flair-filled blows.
The all-rounder hit 15 fours and a six in her game-breaking innings that could have led her side to World Cup glory were it not for the frequent dismissals of partners at the other end.