Ireland's Gaby Lewis named in ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year
Ireland international Gaby Lewis has been named by the International Cricket Council in the Women’s T20I Team of the Year this morning.
Lewis, 20, made 325 runs in 2021 in T20I matches at an average of 40.62. This included registering the first-ever century in the format for Ireland Women (105* against Germany).
Despite still only being 20 years old, Lewis has played 48 T20 Internationals for Ireland since her debut in 2014. Her form and talent saw her breakthrough into white-ball franchise cricket this year for the first time, being part of the Southern Brave team that won the inaugural The Hundred competition, and joining the Southern Vipers for the latter part of their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign.
Lewis is the daughter of former Ireland Men’s captain Alan Lewis, and her sister Robyn has also appeared at international level for Ireland.
“It’s very humbling to be recognised alongside some of the world’s best players in the T20 format. While it is pleasing personally, international cricket is a team game and we have a great squad in the Irish set up - the players I play alongside deserve as much credit for their commitment and performance over the last year.
This has been a big year for Irish women’s cricket, not only were there three series wins - home and away - but we have qualified for the first time for the ICC Women’s Championship. We’re all looking forward to 2022, which will hopefully be a new chapter in our sport.”