Phoebe Litchfield named ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year 2023

The 20-year-old batting sensation from Australia Phoebe Litchfield named the ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year 2023.

The nominees for the ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year 2023 included the likes of Marufa Akter from Bangladesh, Darcey Carter from Scotland, Phoebe Litchfield from Australia, and Lauren Bell from England. The 20-year-old young sensation from Australia beats all of them in the race as she is named the ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year 2023 for her sensational performances across formats last year.

Phoebe Litchfield. PC: Getty
Phoebe Litchfield. PC: Getty

“I’m thrilled to be named the ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year. It’s an honour to be nominated alongside incredible cricketers and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all award nominees.” The 20-year-old batting sensation from Australia expresses her delight in being named as the ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023 and also congratulates the other three nominees for the prestigious award.

The 20-year-old young batting sensation from Australia has had a sensational year with the bat ending up as the 2nd highest run-scorer of the year 2023 with 485 runs to her name at a strike rate of 81.92 and an impressive average of 53.88 in 12 innings. Her tally of runs included four half-centuries and a century. Her best performance with the bat this year came in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against India when she scored her 2nd ODI century (119 off 125 balls) in the 3rd ODI.

She was awarded the Player of the Series as she returned with brilliant performances in the series 78, 63, and 119 in a three-match ODI series, accumulating 260 runs at a humongous average of 86.66. She also managed to break multiple records en route to her stellar performances in the series. She surpassed former skipper Meg Lanning (246 runs) for scoring the most runs (260 runs) for Australia in a three-match ODI series. She also surpassed Clarie Taylor (225 runs) for scoring the most runs for Australia against India in a three-match ODI series. She scored 88 runs in the T20I format and 87 runs in the red-ball format last year.

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In the Women’s Ashes in June-July last year in England, she scored 39 runs in 3 matches in the ODI format and as far as the red-ball format is concerned, she accumulated 69 runs across two innings in her maiden Test match in England.

“Multi-format series away from home against England and India were massive challenges for our group but we relished the opportunity. From a personal perspective, it’s also been pleasing that I’ve been able to put in some consistent performances and contribute to team success over the past 12 months.” Phoebe Litchfield speaks about the challenges they faced as a side and is pleased to be able to deliver consistent performances for Australia last year.

She will now be seen playing for Australia in an all-format series that includes a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series and then a one-off Test match against the visitors South Africa. The series will commence on 27th January 2024 and conclude on 18th February 2024.

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