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Cricket World Player of the Week - Beth Mooney

Cricket World Player of the Week - Beth Mooney
Cricket World Player of the Week - Beth Mooney

Beth Mooney was the architect of Australia's victory as the Women in Yellow snapped up the gold medal the first-ever time women's cricket featured in the Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Beth Mooney is one of the most underrated cricketers in the women's game, more so in ODI cricket where she does not get to open the batting given the strength of the Australian batting line-up.

However, whenever the opportunity arises in the middle order in ODI cricket, she delivers and scores those match-winning runs.

In T20I cricket, where she opens the batting alongside Alyssa Healy, she is an absolute star and played a major role in taking Australia to victory in the recently-concluded Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

Mooney finished as the highest run-scorer in the competition with 179 runs from 5 matches at an average of 44.75 and more importantly a strike rate of 133.58.

Most teams have good opening pairs who get them off to quick starts but it is the middle overs where most teams struggle. Scoring runs is one thing but doing it at the pace at which Mooney does is completely another.

The left-hander does not allow the bowlers to settle as she accesses both sides of the ground and the bowlers are left scratching their head as to where to bowl to the batting maestro.

With scores of 70*, 36 and 61 against Pakistan, New Zealand in the semi-final and India in the final respectively, she ensured that Australia continue to maintain their dominance in women's cricket.

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