ICC Women’s CWC 2022: Australia's Jess Jonassen has Cup in her sights
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will be held in 2022 in New Zealand with the final being played under the lights at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on April 3, 2022. All eyes will be on the successful ODI women campaigners ahead of the world cup and one of the players to look out for is Jess Jonassen.
The 4 times ICC Women’s World’s T20 World Cup champion, Jess Jonassen was born on 5 November 1992 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Jess has been a great ambassador for Australia’s Women Cricket in the last 8 years or so. She is a left arm orthodox bowling all-rounder that captains Queensland Fire in Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) as well as Brisbane Heat Franchise in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Jonassen was contracted to play for the Queensland Fire in the Women’s National Cricket league during the 2008-2009 season. She returned good figures in her first appearance and ended up scoring 12 runs from 14 deliveries while bowling an economical spell of 21 runs in 3 overs. She finished the season with an impressive bowling average of 19.83 picking up 12 wickets.
Jess Jonassen had always been very keen about improving her batting skills and it showed up in 2010-2011 season as she became the 5th highest run scorer in the league with 228 runs under her belt at an enviable average of 57, earning Queensland’s Player of the Year award. She was knocking hard on the doors of national selection committee and they finally listened. But you have more luck trying your hand at BingoPort than to predict the wonderful career that was lying ahead for her.
On the back of her phenomenal performances in Women’s National Cricket League, Jess Jonassen made her international debut in a Twenty20 match on 20 January 2012 against New Zealand at North Sydney Oval. She bowled very well on her debut picking up 2 wickets in her four over spell for 28 runs. It was just the start of a great career for Jess as she made her One Day International debut on 25 January 2012 against the same side.
Her best in that period came at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka where Jess played all 5 games to claim 5 wickets averaging just 14 with the ball. In the Final against England, she took 3 wickets for 25 runs and played a vital role in Australia’s victory. This was one of her first successful Women’s International Twenty20 campaigns that she was part of. Jess became a regular after her heroics at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
In ODI’s, Jess Jonassen gave her best performance against New Zealand during a Rose Bowl Match at the Bay Oval. She returned the figures of 5/50 in 9 overs claiming her first 5 wicket haul. Australia managed to win the game comfortable by 8 wickets.
WBBL 05 (2019-2020) and improvement in batting:
WBBL 05 proved to be very successful for Jess Jonassen with the bat as she scored 419 runs throughout the tournament at an astonishing average of 38.09. A consistent support from coach Ashley Noffke has been cited as one of the reasons for her batting improvement. With the bowl too, she shined bright with 22 scalps at an average of 18.31 and won the Brisbane Heats’ most valuable player award. One of her best performances came in the Final against Adelaide Strikers in which she returned bowling figures of 2/30 and contributed 33 valuable runs to the team’s total to take Brisbane Heat home by 6 wickets. She is one of the most valuable players for Brisbane Heat and she currently captains the team now and for the years to come.
Current Form and being Australia’s Trump Card in World Cup 2022:
Jess Jonassen is currently riding on very good form with both bat and bowl. On 22 February 2019, she pulled off an un-imaginable fight back against New Zealand at the WACA and Australia ended up winning the match by 5 runs. She took 4 wickets for 43 runs in her quota of 10 overs. Two days later, she claimed her second 5 wicket haul to seal a series victory. She has been ever so consistent with her role in the ODI outfit of Australia’s Women Cricket team. In the ODI leg of 2019 Women’s Ashes, she averaged 74 with the bat and 15.6 with the ball leading Australia to one of the most dominating series phase. Jonassen recently took 100 One Day International wickets to join Lisa Sthalekar, Cathryn Fitzpatrick and Ellyse Perry in the league. The most important thing to note is that Jess completed the milestone in just 67 matches, becoming the second fastest woman from any country to achieve this feat.
Jess Jonassen is currently in top form across all formats and if ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 is in sight, there is no other better woman player you would rather have on your team.
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