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Hayley Matthews Named ICC T20I Cricketer of The Year 2023

In the world of women’s cricket, 2023 was marked by a series of spectacular performances and awe-inspiring moments. However, one player stood out distinctly in the T20 International format: West Indies women’s captain Hayley Matthews. Her consistency with bat and ball earned her the prestigious title of ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023, a fitting accolade for a player of her calibre.

2023 was a year of dominance, nothing short of phenomenal. Her performances were not just about the numbers; they were about the impact she had in turning games around and stepping up when her team needed her the most.

Hayley Matthews on winning ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023

Matthews’ batting in 2023 was a testament to her technical prowess and mental strength. She accumulated a historical 700 runs at a strike rate of 132.32, the first time a women’s player had reached this figure in a single calendar year. The highlight innings of the year was the 132 runs she scored in the historical 213 run-chase against Australia in the second T20I at the North Sydney Oval, this followed 99 not out in the first match. In the third T20I, she struck 79 to accumulate 310 runs in the series. She took on the opposition’s bowlers with a mix of traditional and innovative shots. Her ability to anchor the innings and accelerate when required made her one of the most feared batters in the T20I circuit.

Bowling-wise, Matthews was equally impressive. Her right-arm off-spin deliveries, characterized by their flight and turn, baffled many top-order batters across various teams. She picked up 19 wickets with an economy rate of 6.84.

Matthews’ recognition as the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 is not just a personal achievement but also a significant boost for West Indies women’s cricket. It highlights the talent and potential within the team and the region, inspiring many young players in the Caribbean islands.

Matthews said:

“It’s nice to see all the hard work paying off. It’s been a long two or three years to get to this point, it’s been really nice to have a good time with the bat and the ball in the last year to help the team as best as I can. I am very grateful for this award and it’s something that growing up I saw my role models achieving so to win one myself definitely means a lot.”

As Hayley Matthews continues her journey in international cricket, her eyes are set on more victories and accolades. With the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and other international fixtures on the horizon this year, Matthews is undoubtedly eager to continue her impressive form.

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