Nat Syver scored five half-centuries and two centuries in ODIs in 2022.© AFP
Nat Syver was announced as the winner of the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year 2022 on Thursday. Syver produced another memorable year in an already stellar career, scoring five half-centuries and two centuries to become England’s top performer in 2022. With the bat she was second on the run-getter list behind Laura Olvard, amassing 833 runs at an average of 59.5 and a strike rate of 91.43.
She saved her best for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, scoring 436 runs at an average of 70 overs in the tournament. She finished third on the overall runs chart behind the Australian pair of Alyssa Healy and Rachel Haynes but recorded a better average. Two.
Saivar took a short break from the game towards the end of the year but returned strongly to help England record a 3-0 series sweep against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
As if he was never far away, Saiver finished as the leading run-scorer in the series with scores of 90 and 85.
Sciver’s best came in the Cricket World Cup final against Australia, where he single-handedly scored an unbeaten 148 off 121 balls to keep England in the hunt.
Chasing Australia’s maximum of 356/5, Sciver produced a knock for the ages, pulling his side from 191/6 to within an unlikely victory.
Syver departed with England in a frustrating spot at 38/2 and stayed there until the end, unsettling the Aussie bowlers with his flair-filled strokes.
The all-rounder hit 15 fours and a six in his breakthrough innings which could have taken his side to World Cup glory had it not been for the frequent dismissals of partners at the other end.
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