Beth Mooney is Wisden’s Leading Woman Cricketer for 2020

Beth Mooney. © Women's CricZone/ Paul Harris

Beth Mooney has been named the Leading Woman Cricketer in the World in 2020 by Wisden on Thursday (April 15). It’s the first time that the left-hander has won the award and succeeds last year’s winner, Ellyse Perry.

“Beth Mooney hates blowing her own trumpet,” writes Raf Nicholson in the 2021 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. “Her aim, she says, is to play her best cricket, but remain out of the spotlight – which is easier said than done.”

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“A T20 century in 2017-18 Ashes was the turning point. Between then and the end of last year, she scored more runs in 20-over internationals – 1,350 – than anyone in the world, of either sex. Given that her batting relies on timing and placement rather than biffing sixes, that points to a phenomenal consistency.”

Mooney was named the Player of the Tournament last year in the T20 World Cup that Australia won. The southpaw finished with 259 runs in six matches – the most in the competition – with three scores of over fifty, including an unbeaten 81 versus Bangladesh and 78 not out in the final against India.

Mooney also won the Belinda Clark Award this year apart from being awarded the T20I Player of the Year by Cricket Australia.