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Heather Knight

An attacking batter who gained nation-wide recognition following her exploits in the 2013 Ashes series victory.

She played for Devon as early as 2005, aged 14, and has also featured for both the Diamonds and Rubies in the Super 4s Twenty20 competition.

Knight was the leading run-scorer in the 2009 Women's LV= County Championship and her performances earned her England academy inclusion and then a call-up to the senior tour of India in place of the injured Sarah Taylor during February 2010.

She made 49 on England debut in a one-day international at Mumbai and that November was given a T20 international bow versus Sri Lanka at Colombo.

During England's tour of Australia in January 2011 she posted 72 at the WACA and on the same tour went onto make her Test debut.

Knight continued to feature for England and struck 55 not out to complete a one-day whitewash of South Africa in Potchefstroom that October.

She continued to be an ODI regular during 2012 and helped England finish third at the 2013 World Cup in India.

Knight was named player of the series in the 2013 Women's Ashes. Her 157 in the Test match at Wormsley was vital in an England draw and she went on to score 140 runs in the limited-overs matches.

Her performances earned her a nomination for Sunday Times sportswoman of the year award.