Batsman Taylor is an outstanding member of the England Women’s team, having played over 140 times for England, for over 14 years for Berkshire along with being a dedicated club cricketer for Reading Ridgeway. She is currently second best batter in the world in the International Cricket Council ODI Women’s rankings.
Clare Connor, ECB’s Head of England Women’s Cricket said: “Claire Taylor's contribution to women's cricket is immense. Claire has amassed over 5,000 runs in all formats of international cricket. In February 2008, she notched up her seventh century to become the joint highest century-maker in women's ODIs. In 2009 she made history when she was named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year - the first female to receive the accolade.”
“In 2009 she was instrumental in England lifting two ICC trophies, the World Cup and the World Twenty20; in both tournaments Claire was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent contributions with the bat.”
“Claire's influence stretches far beyond the England team. She helps raise standards of girls' cricket in her area through working on a Gifted and Talented Programme and she is heavily involved in Sport Relief this year. In short, she is a tremendous ambassador for our sport and she thoroughly deserves to be recognised with the honour of an MBE."
After receiving her MBE Taylor said: “It was such a huge honour today. To be presented with this by the Queen at Windsor Castle, it’s brilliant. I’m so honoured.”
“You don’t and it’s best not to think about these things actually. You concentrate on the things you’re good at, that you enjoy. In my case, that’s playing cricket and it’s putting on an England shirt and playing for your country. If you’re lucky and I have been to do all that, it’s fantastic.”
“I wouldn’t be here if the team hadn’t played some really great cricket. Hopefully, what they’ve done inspires a few others to take up the path of cricket. It’s a great sport and you can get great rewards from it.”
When asked to identify her highlights Taylor said “Chases as a batsmen, test me mentally and technically so they mean more to me. We’ve had some great performances over the last twelve months and I’d probably pick chasing 160-odd to beat Australia to get into the World Twenty20 Final.”
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