Born 26 December 1990 in Rochdale, Lancashire, current England Test, ODI and T20 captain, Heather Knight.
Making her debut in the fifth ODI against India in March 2010 at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Knight was replacing an injured Charlotte Edwards, the England captain. Now there’s some shoes to fill! Batting at the top of the order, she top scored for England with 49 as England narrowly defeated the home team by two wickets. This wonderful career was on its way.
Knight has since played over 120 ODIs and is still going. Now the leader of the team, her high point must be lifting the World Cup in 2017 where England snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. She has scored well over 3000 runs with a high score of 106. Combine that with over 50 wickets with a best of 5-26.
Heather’s T20 debut came in November 2010 against Sri Lanka at Colombo where she batted at nine. In her second match she batted at number eleven but didn’t get a hit. Hard to imagine that! Following that lacklustre start she has scored over 1300 runs and a high score of 106 not out. With the ball, 20 wickets.
A player with good technique Knight can also play the modern shots and makes the reverse sweep look like a normal cricket stroke. When she plays that shot it is risk free and it is my opinion that nobody plays it better.
Test debut against Australia at Bankstown in 2010/11. In total she has played ten Tests with a high score of 168 against Australia in 2021/22. It was her second score of 150 plus.