Former England wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame alongside Australian and Indian legends, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid during a glittering ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Taylor is the seventh woman overall and the third woman player from England to be named in the list.
BREAKING: Claire Taylor inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018
Named Player of the Tournament in both the ICC Women’s World T20 and the ICC Women’s World Cup, Taylor was also the first woman to be named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.#ICCHallOfFame pic.twitter.com/dR7rPY4PJv
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame.”
A delighted Claire Taylor added, "It's a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside some of the greatest names of the men's and women's game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve my dreams of success with England, particularly my parents for their support from my early days in the game, Mark Lane for his coaching wisdom, the ECB for their support of the national team, my team-mates and support staff and my colleagues at SUMS Consulting, for their flexibility and confidence that I could deliver success both on and off the field over the last five years of my international cricket career."
Taylor, who scored 1,030 runs in 15 Tests, 4,101 runs in 126 ODIs and 615 runs in 21 T20Is, was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2009. She was named the player of the tournament in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2009. She ended her career with an average of more than 40 in both Tests and ODIs. In Tests, she finished with 18 catches, In ODIs, she had 41 catches and five stumpings and in T20Is she had 12 catches and two stumpings.