England left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, Australia opener Rachel Haynes and South African opener Laura Wolvaardt were on Wednesday nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, cricket’s global governing body said.
Ecclestone, who is currently the top-order bowler in ODIs and T20Is, made some stellar bowling performances at the recently concluded ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and became the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets in nine matches. .
It also included a career-best 6/36 in the semi-final against South Africa in Christchurch. His excellent bowling throughout the tournament helped England reach another World Cup final, where they were defeated by Australia by 71 runs.
Australia had many heroes to help them clinch their seventh World Cup title on Sunday. But Haynes’ contribution to the top of the order was one of the biggest positives for the Meg Lanning-led side throughout the tournament.
Haynes scored 497 runs in nine matches at an average of 62.12, finishing as the second highest run-scorer of the tournament. Her three half-centuries and a scintillating century in her opening match of the tournament against England helped Australia get off to a solid start throughout the tournament with Alyssa Healy.
This eventually led Australia to lift the trophy for the seventh time.
Talking about good performances, Wolvaardt batted with great consistency in the World Cup. He led South Africa’s batting line-up and made some decent contributions at the top.
With five half-centuries in eight matches, Wolvaardt scored 433 runs at an average of 54.12, becoming the fourth-highest run-scorer of the tournament. His best score of 80 off 79 balls came in South Africa’s thrilling final group-stage match against India.