Greenway rewarded for vintage year

Lydia Greenway chats after winning the England Women's Cricketer of the Year award

Lydia Greenway admitted she was surprised to receive the England Women's Cricketer of the Year award despite some sparkling performances in Australia over the winter.

The left-hander, who has become a match-winner in the last two years, was England's stand-out player Down Under as her side thrashed Australia 4-1 in the Twenty20 series.

However, a modest Greenway said any number of her team-mates could have scooped the award ahead of her.

"I didn't really expect to win it," Greenway told ecb.co.uk. "We have such a good team with people like Charlotte Edwards, who performs year in, year out for us. Someone like her could have won it.

"It's nice to be recognised but something I don't want to dwell on too much because we have a big summer ahead of us."

Greenway's recent displays are the result sheer hard work which has transformed her from a promising batsman who would infuriate coaches into a consistent scorer on the biggest stage.

Profligate no more, Greenway is now one of the first names on the team sheet.

"We realised from playing out in the World Cup in the West Indies we didn't do as well as we'd like to," said Greenway of England's early exit at the World Twenty20 last year.

Lydia Greenway, Jonathan Trott & Umesh Valjee

Lydia Greenway poses with Jonathan Trott and Umesh Valjee, named England and Disability Cricketers of the Year respectively

"Coming away you always think about what you could have done. I've just tried to rectify a few of those things and be a bit braver a bit earlier, and take on a little bit more responsibility.

"I managed to do that with a few of the other girls and we managed to come out with some good results."

England face a challenging summer with Australia, New Zealand and India the opposition for a four-team Twenty20 and one-day series.

"Hopefully if we can perform as well as we did in Australia in those Twenty20s then we can have a good summer," added Greenway.

"If we can come away winning the Twenty20s and the one-dayers that'd be great."