Anya Shrubsole (2005, 2006, 2007)
Anya Shrubsole is a right-arm medium pace bowler and right-handed batter. She is a two-time World Cup winner and famously took 6 wickets at Lord’s as England won the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
She was voted the Player of the Match in the 2017 Women’s World Cup Final and was appointed MBE in 2018 for her services to cricket, also becoming the first woman to appear on the cover of Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac.
Anya was born in Bath, Somerset in 1991. She played her youth cricket at Somerset, but also made her first team debut in 2004, at the age of twelve, taking two wickets. She was awarded Johnners Scholarships in 2005, aged thirteen, and again in 2006 and 2007. Her nickname is ‘Hoof’, because she ‘sometimes walks like a show pony with her feet’.
Anya made her England debut in 2008, playing in ODI and T20 matches against South Africa, and won the Most Promising Young Women’s Cricketer Award. She was in the side that won the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup, taking a career-best 5 for 11 in the first T20 against New Zealand. In the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s, she took a match-winning 6 for 46, and was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. She took her 100th wicket in Women’s T20 Internationals in 2020.
Anya has played domestic cricket for Somerset, Berkshire, and Western Storm. In 2022, she announced her retirement from international cricket and that she had signed for Southern Vipers as a player/coach.