Shrubsole is Wisden cricket magazine first female cover star
London, Jan 24 (AFP) England’s Anya Shrubsole will be the first woman to appear on the front cover of the fabled Wisden cricket magazine Almanack after her heroics at last year’s World Cup.
Shrubsole hit the winning runs in a tense semi-final victory over South Africa before her six for 46, which included five wickets in 19 balls, brought England back from the brink as they edged India in the final at a packed Lord’s.
The Somerset fast bowler’s efforts have already been recognized with an MBE and she was nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year last month, in which she finished ninth in the voting.
A photo of the 26-year-old will grace the famous yellow jacket of the 155th edition of the Wisden cricket magazine Almanack, which has been published every year since 1864.
“It’s an amazing honor and privilege to be on the cover of Wisden cricket magazine,” said Shrubsole. “To be on the front of such an iconic and historic book means a huge amount.
“Most of all, it’s a clear representation of the strength of the women’s game and the impact of the World Cup victory and the work of the entire team.”
This year’s Almanack, a comprehensive chronicling of the game over the past 12 months, will be published on April 12.
“Anya Shrubsole was a natural for this year’s Wisden cricket magazine cover, having stolen the show on the most memorable day of the 2017 summer,” said Wisden editor Lawrence Booth added.
The tradition of putting a photo on the sleeve of the Almanack only began in 2003, with Virat Kohli last year’s cover star. In 2009, Claire Taylor became the first female to be named one of Wisden cricket magazine Five Cricketers of the Year, awarded for performances during the preceding English summer. A number of players from the side led by Heather Knight, including Shrubsole and star allrounder Nat Sciver, are potential recipients in 2018.
“Shrubsole is the wisden cricket magazine first female cover star — and, thanks to the excitement she generated that day at Lord’s, almost certainly not the last.
For Amazing Videos Click Here