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The prestigious title of ICC ODI Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2022 has been nominated to four of the top players in the sport.

Shabnim Ismail, a veteran of South Africa, seems to become better with age, much like a fine wine. In fact, the year 2022 may have been her best year yet in a long and successful career.

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Shabnim Ismail
Shabnim Ismail. Image: ICC

1-Shabnim Ismail – South Africa

Shabnim Ismail’s 2022 got off to a strong start when she collected back-to-back four-wicket hauls during South Africa’s home series against the West Indies. Shabnim Ismail capitalized on her efforts to become one of the tournament’s most dependable players in New Zealand.

Shabnim Ismail. Image: ICC
Shabnim Ismail. Image: ICC

The 34-year-old took 14 victims for the competition at a rate of 17.50, and the Proteas’ outstanding performance of 3/27 against the tournament’s hosts in Hamilton was crucial in advancing them to the semi-finals.

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2- Amelia Kerr – New Zealand

Amelia Kerr, a standout from New Zealand, gained some new consistency in 2022, and her performances with bat and ball demonstrate that she now rightfully belongs among the top players in the sport.

In the five-match series against India in Queenstown that was played before the start of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, Kerr produced three half-centuries and a century, kicking off the year in brilliant form.

Amelia Kerr
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While the home World Cup left New Zealand feeling a little underwhelmed, Kerr was a model of consistency, scoring 204 runs overall and taking nine wickets to keep up her incredible run of form.

3- Nat Sciver – England

Sciver set five half-centuries and two centuries records in 2022, adding to her already excellent résumé and making it one to remember.

Most of those significant runs came during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, as Sciver helped herself to a team-best 436 runs from the competition at an average above 70.

Nat Sciver
Nat Sciver. Image-Sky Sports

As if her World Cup achievements weren’t impressive enough, Sciver returned from a brief sabbatical in December to assist England in sweeping the West Indies 3-0. The series was played in the Caribbean. Sciver scored 90 and 85 during the series, finishing as the series’ top run-scorer with a stunning 180 runs at an impressive 60 runs per game.

4- Alyssa Healy – Australia

Healy’s year of 50-over cricket got underway in Canberra with Australia’s victorious Ashes campaign against England, but the focus of 2022 was the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, which got underway at the beginning of March.

The tournament was opened by Australia’s opening player with a respectable 28 against England in Hamilton, followed by a fantastic 72 against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui.

Alyssa Healy. Photo - Getty
Alyssa Healy. Photo – Getty

Prior to scoring a critical 72 off just 65 deliveries during Australia’s crucial group encounter against India in Auckland, Healy had two consecutive low totals of 15 against New Zealand and three against the West Indies.

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