The Spin | The women’s ODI cricket team of the decade, from Edwards to Perry

Celebrating the metamorphosis undergone by the game, with professionalism and the rise of the limited-overs gameIn the last decade, women’s cricket has undergone a metamorphosis, unfolding its wings into unexpected corners, enthusing some of the most sceptical hearts and making marketing managers wide-eyed with its potential. In 2010 the world’s leading female cricketers were largely amateur; now Australia, England, India and New Zealand have fully professional national teams, with others on the way.With professionalism has come coaches and time, and with time has come huge improvements – particularly in the realms of fitness, fielding and sixes hit. The limited-overs game has come to dominate and the rewards have grown substantially – the winners of the Twenty20 World Cup next year will take home $1m. The 2017 World Cup final at Lord’s, a gamechanger for women’s cricket, was the most-watched game of cricket on television in the UK of the year. So here, with a glass full in celebration, is The Spin’s women’s ODI team of the decade … Continue reading…