Player: Ashleigh Gardner

Ashleigh Gardner

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NameAshleigh Gardner
BornApril 15, 1997
Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales
Age24 years 157 days
TeamsSydney Sixers Women, Australia Women, Birmingham Phoenix Women
NicknameGardner
Bat StyleRight Handed Bat
Bowl StyleRight-arm offbreak
Profile
An aggressive middle-order batswoman, who ably doubles up as an off-break bowler, Ashleigh Gardner has made all the right noises in her thus-far nascent career.

2015 was Gardner's breakthrough year. A child prodigy of sorts, Gardner grabbed attention when she topped the runs tally at Cricket Australia's under-18 Championships, becoming the Player of the Series, apart from leading New South Wales to the title. She later went on to create history, when she became the first Indigenous woman to receive Australia's prestigious Lord Taverners Indigenous Player of the Year award.

She carried her form through for the NSW Breakers, where she took nine wickets and notched up 98 runs in her five matches in the 2016-17 domestic season. A national call up followed soon, making her T20I and ODI debut for the Southern Stars against New Zealand in early 2017. She went on to play a vital role in Australia's World Cup campaign and in the Ashes victory later in the year. In the second edition of the WBBL too she emerged as the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 414 runs under her belt for Sydney Sixers.

With age by her side and loads of talent with both bat and ball, Gardner has made herself into a blossoming star to look out for as Australia look to reclaim the T20 WC crown.

Vineet Anantharaman [October 2018]