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WOMENS: Sussex's Sarah Taylor earns 100th ODI cap with England


England women’s 1993 World Cup winning captain, Karen Smithies, presents Sarah Taylor with her 100th ODI playing cap

Sussex and England women’s wicket-keeper batsman, Sarah Taylor, has today won her 100th One-Day International (ODI) playing cap, in England’s second ODI against South Africa Women at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Ten years and 99 matches after making her ODI debut against India at Lord’s in 2006, the 26-year-old Sussex captain has amassed 3259 ODI runs, and taken 40 stumpings alongside 74 catches. She becomes the seventh England women’s cricketer to reach the milestone, following current England team-mates, Charlotte Edwards (190*), Jenny Gunn (128*) and Lydia Greenway (126*).

The Sussex skipper made history this winter by becoming the first woman to play Australian first grade cricket, representing Northern Districts Cricket Club (“The Jets”) in the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier Cricket Competition. Taylor has also been honoured on three consecutive occasions by the ICC in their annual awards, after being named as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2014, and previously securing the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year accolade in 2012 and 2013.

Speaking ahead of the match today, Sarah Taylor said, “I’m sure I will be quite nervous on the morning of the match, but at the moment I’m just really excited. To play 100 games for your country is something that every sportsman and sportswoman dreams of and it is something that I am incredibly proud to have achieved. I love playing cricket for England, and body permitting, would love to do it another 100 times.

“In 100 matches there are of course a few highlights. The hundred I scored against the West Indies in Trinidad in 2013 – to win the match and the series – was a really gritty one, on a difficult wicket, and not how I would usually play, so that certainly stands out. Keeping-wise, I guess the reverse paddle catch to dismiss Jodie Fields in the 2013 Women’s Ashes was pretty good. I don’t think I realise how far I’d moved until I was shown a picture of it – definitely one of those great moments that I will remember forever.”

ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, and former Sussex and England team-mate, Clare Connor, has sent her congratulations, “When I first watched Sarah play at the age of 13, I was left in no doubt that she would play at the highest level. She was a prolific talent and just a few years later she was batting for Brighton College 1st XI against a rapid Chris Jordan, who was playing for Dulwich College at the time. Tough experiences such as these have taught her well and it was no surprise to learn that she was going to make history in the men's game in Australia this winter. I congratulate her for all that she has achieved on this momentous day – it has been a pleasure to watch her develop and I believe that there are even more special times ahead for her."

England women are currently playing a three match ODI series, which will be followed by a three match T20I series against South Africa women. After today’s second ODI in Centurion, they will next be in action on 14th February in the third and final ODI at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.

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