The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. This team was selected by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, former England captain Charlotte Edwards, former India player turned journalist Snehal Pradhan and former Australia all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, CricketSA mentions.
Although England beat India by nine runs in the final, the 34-year-old Mithali Raj of India was selected as captain. This accomplishment was well-deserved, as she scored 409 runs in the tournament to get India to their second final in 12 years.
The side encompasses four players from England, three from India; three from South Africa including opener Laura Wolvaardt and bowlers Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk, and Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry, adds CricketSA.
South Africa won four of their seven matches and lost two. They reached the semi-finals where they suffered a two-wicket defeat to England.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat commented on the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 achievement by saying: “This is another wonderful achievement by our women players… it shows the high growth curve we are presently enjoying and this is the first time we have [these] many players in the select XI.
“We congratulate them all on being selected for a world team which is a wonderful achievement. I am certain this will be further inspiration for the team going forward,” concluded Lorgat.
Team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 (in batting order):
Tamsin Beaumont (England) – 410 runs
Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) – 324 runs
Mithali Raj (captain) (India) – 409 runs
Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 404 runs and nine wickets
Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper) (England) – 396 runs, four catches and two stumpings
Harmanpreet Kaur (India) – 359 runs and five wickets
Deepti Sharma (India) – 216 runs and 12 wickets
Marizanne Kapp (South Africa) – 13 wickets
Dane van Niekerk (South Africa) – 99 runs and 15 wickets
Anya Shrubsole (England) – 12 wickets
Alex Hartley (England) – 10 wickets
Natalie Sciver (12th) (England) – 369 runs and seven wickets