Hayley Matthews clinches ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023, setting records and inspiring dominance

By Sports Desk January 24, 2024

In the realm of women's cricket, the year 2023 witnessed a parade of spectacular performances and breathtaking moments, with one player standing out prominently in the T20 International format – West Indies Women's captain, Hayley Matthews. Her outstanding consistency with both bat and ball has earned her the esteemed title of ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023, a well-deserved accolade for a player of her caliber.

The year unfolded as a saga of dominance for Matthews, marked by phenomenal performances that went beyond mere statistics. Her impact on turning games around and rising to the occasion when her team needed her most defined a remarkable year.

Matthews' batting prowess in 2023 showcased her technical brilliance and mental fortitude. Accumulating a historic 700 runs at a striking rate of 132.32, she became the first women's player to reach this figure in a single calendar year. The highlight of her innings was a staggering 132 runs in the historic 213-run chase against Australia in the second T20I at the North Sydney Oval, preceded by an unbeaten 99 in the first match. In the third T20I, she added 79 more to her tally, amassing 310 runs in the series. Employing a blend of traditional and innovative shots, she proved to be one of the most formidable batters in the T20I circuit, anchoring the innings and accelerating as needed.

 Equally impressive in her bowling, Matthews, with her right-arm off-spin deliveries featuring flight and turn, perplexed top-order batters from various teams, claiming 19 wickets with an economy rate of 6.84.

 Beyond being a personal achievement, Matthews' recognition as the ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2023 is a significant boost for West Indies women's cricket. It underscores the talent and potential within the team and the region, serving as inspiration for aspiring young players in the Caribbean islands.

 Expressing her gratitude, Matthews stated, “It’s nice to see all the hard work paying off. It’s been a long two or three years to get to this point, it’s been really nice to have a good time with the bat and the ball in the last year to help the team as best as I can. I am very grateful for this award, and it’s something that growing up I saw my role models achieving, so to win one myself definitely means a lot.”

 As Hayley Matthews continues her journey in international cricket, her focus remains on securing more victories and accolades. With the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and other international fixtures on the horizon this year, Matthews is undoubtedly poised to continue her impressive form and lead West Indies Women to greater heights.

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  • Hayley Matthews named Wisden’s leading T20 cricketer in the world Hayley Matthews named Wisden’s leading T20 cricketer in the world

    West Indies captain Hayley Matthews has been named Wisden’s leading Twenty20 Cricketer for 2023, as she topped all and sundry, including her male counterparts.

    Alan Gardner looks at the remarkable performances of this outstanding player – a T20 World Cup champion.

    We’ve all heard the one about the globe-trotting, six-hitting West Indies all-rounder bestriding the T20 stage. But this tale comes with a twist: a first female winner in this award’s seven-year history. Hayley Matthews has long been a star of the game – aged 18, she inspired West Indies to victory in the 2016 World T20 final – but in 2023 she produced an unprecedented red-hot run of form. Between February and her final game of the year in October, on three different continents, she won eight consecutive T20I match awards. The previous best was four in a row. During that sequence, she averaged 88 with the bat, at a strike-rate of 144, and 12 with the ball.

    The pièce de résistance came at North Sydney Oval, game seven in the Matthews Supremacy. Set 213, West Indies were powered to a record chase in women’s T20Is by her buccaneering 132 from 64 balls, including 110 in boundaries. Her score, a West Indies record, was the first century in the second innings of a women’s T20I; and it came after she had been the pick of the bowlers, with 3-36 for her off-breaks. That the side on the receiving end were the world champions, playing in their own backyard, added only lustre.

    If 2023 was a banner year for the women’s game, with the inauguration of the Women’s Premier League in India, then Matthews rode the crest of the wave. She was a WPL title-winner with Mumbai Indians, the fifth-leading run-scorer in the competition, and captained Barbados Royals to victory in the Caribbean Premier League, scoring 82 from 59 and taking 2-38 in the final. She was also a high-profile pick in The Hundred and the Big Bash.

    Her feats could only sporadically lift West Indies, whom she had captained for the first time in 2022, though she credited the job for helping her, “take responsibility for my game”.

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    The first in her streak of match awards came against Ireland at Cape Town during the T20 World Cup, where West Indies ended a run of 15 defeats. She followed that with another all-round display, against Pakistan, though two group wins could not put her side in the semifinals. Ireland were again on the receiving end in July, as West Indies won 3–0 in St Lucia, before their tour of Australia confirmed her status as the ICC’s number one all-rounder. In five days, she smashed 99 not out, 132 and 79 – a total of 310 off 178 balls, with 43 fours and 13 sixes – and took five wickets.

    Her overall T20I record for the year read 700 runs from 14 matches at 63 (strike-rate 132) and 19 wickets at 16 (economy 6.84). Across men’s and women’s T20 – domestic and international – her tally of 1,551 runs was topped only by Jos Buttler. Unlike Matthews, though, he was not the leading wicket-taker in the format. The Caribbean had produced another game-changer.

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