Taylor, who made her ODI debut in 1998 against Australia, has had one of her most successful years with the bat, hitting three half centuries, and three centuries, including her highest personal score of 156 not out in the first ODI of the NatWest Women’s Series at Lord’s. The latter is the highest-ever score to be struck by an individual at the Home of Cricket.
She continued to flourish with the bat through the npower women’s Test Series, hitting 115 in the 2nd innings at Grace Road.
She carried her form through from that summer into the Quadrangular Series in Chennai in February and March 2007, making over fifty in four out of the six games. She hit 56 in the first game against New Zealand and then went on to make 113 against Australia, a personal landmark that she’s harboured since her early cricketing days. She struck 54, again against Australia and then finished the series with a 77, helping England to their only win of the series.
Throughout her career, Taylor has made thirteen half-centuries and hit six hundreds for England, making her England’s fifth most successful batswoman. She holds the record for the third-highest score by an individual in the women’s game for her 156 not out and has an average of 36.34.
She commented:” It's a great honour to be shortlisted for this award. I've really enjoyed the last year of cricket that we've played, the challenge of playing against the best cricketers in the world at the World Series and against India last summer is what you spend all that time training for.
“I'm excited to be going to Johannesburg and can't wait to meet some of the cricketers that I've looked up to over the years.”
Gill McConway, ECB Executive Director for Women’s Cricket, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Claire to be short listed for this prestigious award. She thoroughly deserves this nomination as a result of her dedication and hard work over the years.
“Her achievement at Lord’s in 2006 is something that will stay in the record books forever and we are all so proud of her.”
Taylor is up against India’s fast-bowler Jhulan Goswami and Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar for the Award.
A Gutsy performance from both sides