Report by jenna Davies
SARAH Taylor must have felt like pinching herself as she acknowledged the crowd after scoring the run that took her to a century against the old foe Australia at Chelmsford this week.
Three years ago nobody knew who she was, but now, at just 20 years old, she has two world cups under her belt with England this year. An incredible achievement by any standard, and one that she admits is beyond even her wildest dreams.
“I definitely dreamt of having a successful career, it wasn’t so much about winning huge tournaments but I’m just so happy,” she said. “It’s come round so quickly, I mean I’ve only been around for three years [since her debut for England].”
Funnily enough, cricket wasn’t always the obvious career move for Sarah: “I was actually a tennis player when I was younger but I’ve always been more of a team player. I do enjoy the individuality of tennis but cricket seemed the perfect option for me. I began in primary school and was asked if I would like to play for the Sussex under 11s. It just went from there really and here I am.”
And that place is at the top of the order for the double world champions. She assumed the same position for last month’s Twenty20 World Cup, when England demolished Australia in the final.
The women eclipsed their more famous male colleagues and received plenty of coverage and adulation as a result. And Sarah insists the attention was fully justified.
“I was definitely surprised by the attention but glad it’s happened,” she added. “I think it would have been an insult if it didn’t get coverage but to be on front and back pages of newspapers is fantastic. It’s great for women’s cricket and women’s sport as a whole.”
So what’s next for this talented batswoman? Despite having achieved so much so young, Sarah insists there’s still much more to accomplish. “I certainly hope to remain playing for England. I can’t believe it’s gone so quick and I’ve only been playing for my country for a few years. But with 1000 runs under my belt it feels great. Someone said to me that I could be one of the highest scoring batswomen so there’s still a lot to achieve, but I’m so happy.”
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