WI Women Hayley Matthews gets ICC award

Hayley Matthews
Hayley Matthews of West Indies plays a shot during the first One-Day International cricket match against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.
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West Indies Women allrounder Hayley Matthews has been named one of two International Cricket Council (ICC) Players-of-the-Month for November.

The stylish right-hander earned the honor after strong performances in the three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Karachi last month and in the aborted 50-overs ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. She beat out left-arm spinner Anam Amin of Pakistan and  Nahida Akter of Bangladesh.

The 23 year-old Matthews scored 141 runs at an average of 35 while taking nine wickets at 13 runs apiece with her off-spin, in the period under review.

She emerged as Player-of the-Series against Pakistan hitting 57 and taking three wickets in the first ODI at the National Stadium, before following up with 26 and taking four wickets in the second game. In the final game , she struck 49 as West Indies wrapped up a critical clean sweep.

While she failed with the bat in the opening match of the Qualifiers, her two wickets helped the West Indies Women earn an easy victory over Ireland women.

The ICC jury member Irfan Pathan said Haley was the star performer.

Following consistent performance against Pakistan women in the Caribbean earlier this year, Matthews was also nominated for the ICC Player-of-Month honor in August but missed out to captain Stafanie Taylor.

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