The London Spirit squad boasts of 15 strong members, including one player each from India, South Africa and West Indies. The other 12 players are from England, with four internationals and eight domestic stars.
Here’s a look at each of the 14 members of the squad:
The England opening bat is an attacking player and has the reputation of providing a solid start to her team. She can pace her innings well and if she gets going nothing can stop her from scoring big. The right hand bat made her debut for England in 2009 and since then has featured in 176 fixtures, including 94 T20Is and has scored 1572 runs in the shortest format at a strike rate of 107.74.
India’s young all-rounder has been known to make useful contributions with bat and ball. The left hand bat and right arm off spinner can be a genuine asset in any team. She made her international debut in 2014 and since then has played 116 games, including 54 T20Is. She has scored 470 runs in 40 innings and scalped 56 wickets in the shortest format.
The England captain is a dependable bat and has been a consistent performer for England over the years. She bowls occasional off spins which makes her a full package player. The right hand top order bat made her international debut in 2010 and since then has featured in 199 games, including 84 T20Is. She has scored 1337 runs in 74 innings at a strike rate of 118.21 and accounted for 20 wickets in 36 innings. She holds a unique record of scoring the most runs on a single ground. She has scored 384 runs at Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia.
The swashbuckling right hand bat from West Indies has the ability to take the game away from the opposition single handedly. Apart from her batting, she can chip in with the ball as well as she can roll her arm over to bowl those occasional off-spins. She has played 121 T20Is for West Indies and has mustered 2627 runs, including two centuries and 12 half centuries. In 2010, she scored her first century in T20Is to become the first woman cricketer to register a century in the shortest format.
The South African all-rounder is a right hand bat and slow left arm bowler. She has been around at the international level since 2011 and is a seasoned campaigner in the shortest format as well. She has played 65 T20Is and has scored 757 runs in 55 innings at a strike rate of 139.66 and has scalped 19 wickets in 40 innings.
She is a tall and athletic fast bowler, who has been a part of the England outfit since 2019. She has appeared in 17 international fixtures so far, and has picked up 16 wickets. She made her domestic debut in 2010 for Sussex at just 14 years of age. She has also been a part of England academy. Apart from playing cricket, she is an alumnus of Brighton College, where former England players like Clare Connor and Sarah Taylor studied.
She is a wicket-keeper and right hand bat, who plays for Middlesex and has been around in the domestic circuit since 2008. In December 2020, she became one of the 41 English female cricketers to have received a full-time domestic contract from ECB. She has also represented England Cricket Board Development Women’s XI. In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, she played for Sunrisers and captained the side. She scored 116 runs in six outings and behind the stumps accounted for four dismissals.
She is an all-rounder, who bats left handed and bowls left arm quick. In 2018, she was a part of the Surrey Stars side that won the Kia Super League. She has represented England at the U-19 level. She has also played for Hampshire, Devon and Surrey, and was part of the South East Stars squad in the first season of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020. In that tournament, she scored 116 runs in six matches.
She is an all-rounder from London. She is a professional English cricketer, who started off her domestic career by playing for Middlesex in 2008. In 2017, she became the captain of the side. She is a left hand bat and left arm seamer. In The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, playing for Sunrisers, she scored 125 runs in six matches.
She is a right hand bat and a right arm off spinner. She was an integral part of the Southern Vipers who won the first season of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020. Her contributions with both bat and ball were immense. With the bat she mustered 180 runs in six outings at an average of 45 and with the ball she scalped nine wickets in seven innings. She has also been a regular feature in England academy squads.
She plays for Wales and Western Storm as a right arm quick and right hand bat. She has previously played for Gloucestershire. She made her domestic debut in 2014. In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, playing for Western Storm, she appeared in one match and scored an unbeaten 33 in a winning cause over Sunrisers. In December 2020, she was one of the 41 players to receive a full-time domestic contract from the ECB. She has also played for various England Academy and Development teams.
She is a left hand bat and right arm off spinner, who was a regular feature in England academy and development programme fixtures since her teenage days. After celebrating her 18th birthday, she was thrown into the Surrey Stars’ Kia Super League side. In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, playing for Sunrisers, she scalped three wickets in four innings and scored 137 runs in six outings.
She plays for Nottinghamshire and Lightning as a right hand bat and right arm quick. She previously played for Yorkshire Diamonds in the 2018 Women’s Cricket Super League. In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, playing for Lightning, she scalped four wickets in five matches, including the best of 3-32 against North West Thunder.
She is a right hand middle order bat, who played 22 T20Is for England between 2010 and 2013. She got a chance to showcase her batting in 10 innings, in which she scored 126 runs at an average of 21. She called it quits in 2015 to focus on her hockey career. She made a comeback to cricket in 2020 with the advent of the women’s regional domestic structure which promised greater stability and more opportunities. In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2020, playing for South East Stars, she scored 79 runs in four matches at an average of 26.33.
She is an all-rounder from Hampshire. She was a part of the winning squad that won the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020. Apart from playing for Southern Vipers in the tournament, she has represented Hampshire and Yorkshire Diamonds. She made her domestic debut in 2016.
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