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Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor's Ashes Summer

Opening medium pace bowler and one of the most successful bowlers in the women’s game - Clare announced her retirement on September 6 2005, at the end of a superb Ashes summer for the women's game.

Was the second highest wicket-taker overall at the World Cup in New Zealand in 2000 and has consistently performed at the highest level.

One of only three bowlers in international women’s cricket to have taken over 100 international wickets, supplemented with a useful batting average. Enjoyed her best figures in the 2003 series against South Africa taking 3-5 in the second npower Test and averaging over 33 with the bat.

Was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for her services to women’s sport.

A double international, Clare has represented England at both cricket and football (World Cup 1995) and was a member of the winning World Cup cricket team in 1993.

Made a Sport England Sporting Ambassador in 1999 to promote healthy lifestyles among young people in her area.

Read Geography and was awarded an honorary MA by Hull University for her Services to Sport. Enjoyed a long career with the Royal Mail before giving up work to play cricket.

Was selected for her sixth World Cup overall when she was named in the squad for the 2005 tournament in South Africa and won her 100th ODI cap in the second warm-up game against the hosts. Celebrated the achievement by taking two wickets in the 49-run win.

She compiled a measured 24 in the opening World Cup match against Australia (that ended in a draw due to rain) and picked up 2-13 during England's comprehensive victory over Ireland.

She helped England reach the semi-finals, but her 29 was not enough to prevent them from going out at the hands of favourites Australia.

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