Beth Mooney named Wisden Almanack’s Leading Cricketer of the Year

Beth Mooney, the Australian women’s cricket opener, has been named the Wisden Almanack’s women’s leading cricketer of the year for the second time in her career. Mooney’s success comes after an incredible 2022 with the Australian cricket team, where she enjoyed multiple successes across various formats.

Beth Mooney named Wisden Almanack's Leading Cricketer of the Year. PC: Getty Images
Beth Mooney named Wisden Almanack’s Leading Cricketer of the Year. PC: Getty Images

Mooney played a pivotal role in Australia’s World Cup win against South Africa, where she scored a half-century in the final, contributing to her total of 330 runs at the tournament. The 29-year-old was also the leading run-scorer of the competition.

Mooney’s success continued in the Commonwealth Games T20, where she led Australia to a thrilling nine-run victory against India, scoring 61 runs from just 41 balls. Her knock was a crucial component in the Australian innings that set the tone for their victory.

The accolade comes after Mooney had a difficult start to the year, suffering a severe nets injury that threatened to end her season. However, Mooney showed immense strength and determination, bouncing back after surgery to insert three metal plates into her face, and played a significant role in the Ashes victory over England.

Mooney’s contribution to the Australian team has not gone unnoticed, as she was awarded the Belinda Clark Award for the second time in three years at the Australian Cricket Awards. The award recognizes her as the best women’s cricketer from the past 12 months, cementing her status as one of the greatest players in Australian women’s cricket history.

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Despite the recognition, Mooney remained humble, stating that her focus is on team success rather than personal accolades. She said, “You don’t play the game of cricket to win these awards or for personal accolades, you play for team success, and we certainly had a whole bunch of that this year, which was amazing to be a part of.”

Beth Mooney’s success is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and talent. She has earned her place among the greatest women cricketers in the world and is sure to continue making significant contributions to the Australian team in the future.

Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and having played cricket professionally for my state team, I gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed in the world of sports. With an eye for detail and passion for sports, I’m hoping to make a lasting impact in the sports industry.

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