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Brighton Journal | 14th December 2019

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Sussex Cricketer Named in World Top 10 List Compiled By Experts

Sussex Cricketer Named in World Top 10 List Compiled By Experts
Hannah Midgley
The list was drawn up by a team of 15 experts.

A list compiled by The Guardian has placed a Sussex cricketer in their global top 10.

29-year-old Sarah Taylor came in at 9th in the prestigious list.

The gifted player, originally hailing from London, has cemented her place amongst the world’s elite.

Taylor represents the only Brit to make a mark in the top 10, despite 5 making the list of 20.

Taylor has long been regarded as an exceptional player

The Guardian’s panel of experts cited a variety of reasons for Taylor’s inclusion.

They strongly regard her as “one of the most naturally talented players around with hands like silk behind the stumps”.

She is also seen as an inspirational figure, helping to fight mental health stigmas through her “victories over her anxiety”.

Experts heralded her success at “maintaining her high standards”, despite her illness.

Her staggering stats are also strong factors for her inclusion, especially at the 2017 World Cup, where “she ended up fourth on the run-scorers list with 396 runs, aided by a century (147) and two fifties”.

Taylor’s ability is such that she is regarded alongside her male cricketing counterparts: “There is still no one better – man or woman – when standing up to the stumps than Taylor”.

Taylor’s inclusion in the list is a terrific indictment on the quality of Women’s Cricket in Sussex.

We are sure Taylor will continue to display her brilliance both for club and country.

The Guardian’s experts are unquestionably correct in declaring Taylor’s as “one of the great stories in women’s cricket”, and it’s one the Sussex community can be proud of.

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