Ashliegh Gardner declared ICC’s Player of the Month for June 2023

Ashleigh Gardner delivered a breathtaking performance in the highly anticipated Ashes Test against England, leaving an indelible mark on the game. She played a pivotal role by contributing a vital knock of 40 runs in Australia’s first innings and subsequently exhibited her bowling prowess by claiming an impressive four-wicket haul. When England stepped up to chase in their second innings, Gardner left the opposition batsmen utterly perplexed with her exceptional variations, achieving extraordinary figures of eight for 66.

Ashleigh Gardner demolishes England line-up with her 8 Wicket-Haul. PC: Getty Images
Ashleigh Gardner demolishes England line-up with her 8 Wicket-Haul. PC: Getty Images

In recognition of her outstanding display, Ashleigh Gardner, Australia’s multifaceted all-rounder, has been rightfully crowned the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for June 2023. This accolade marks her unprecedented third ICC award, making her the first player to achieve such a remarkable feat, having previously triumphed in December 2022 and February 2023. The International Cricket Council (ICC) applauded Gardner’s achievement, stating, “Gardner emerged victorious amidst stiff competition from notable contenders, Tammy Beaumont of England and Hayley Matthews of the West Indies.”

Gardner’s exceptional performance not only secured her the prestigious Player of the Month title but also propelled Australia to a resounding victory over England in the Women’s Ashes 2023 One-Off Test, establishing a commanding 89-run lead. Her astonishing eight-wicket haul, the finest figures ever recorded by an Australian woman in a Test match, played a pivotal role in sealing the triumph. Notably, she accounted for all five wickets that fell on the final day, showcasing her incredible skills and solidifying her status as a key player in the series.

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Continuing her stellar form, Gardner continues to shine in the ongoing Women’s Ashes series, amassing yet another accolade. Her exceptional contributions, particularly with the ball, propelled Australia to an early success at Trent Bridge. Employing her remarkable off-spin, she masterfully guided Australia to a comfortable 89-run victory, setting the stage for the ultimate triumph in the Ashes 2023 series. Despite a relatively modest batting performance in Australia’s response, Gardner’s sensational bowling proved to be the decisive factor in the match.

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