Ash Gardner Clinches Third ICC Women’s Player of the Month Award

Ash Gardner

Australia’s versatile all-rounder, Ash Gardner, has been honoured as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for June 2023, solidifying her position as the first player to clinch three ICC awards. This recognition comes on the heels of her outstanding display in the inaugural Women’s Ashes clash, where she emerged as a game-changer.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) officially announced Gardner’s achievement, highlighting her triumph over notable contenders Tammy Beaumont from England and Hayley Matthews from the West Indies.

Gardner’s well-deserved accolade adds to her already impressive list of achievements, as she propelled Australia to an early triumph in the ongoing Women’s Ashes series. The iconic Trent Bridge served as the backdrop for Gardner’s remarkable performance, particularly with the ball, where she spun Australia to a commanding 89-run victory in the Test match opener.

In Australia’s first innings, Gardner showcased her batting prowess by contributing a valuable 40 runs. However, it was her exceptional off-spin bowling that truly made a difference. With a sensational four-wicket haul, she played a pivotal role in maintaining Australia’s slender advantage over the hosts. Notably, Gardner’s figures of eight for 66 were the best-ever recorded by an Australian woman in Test cricket, accounting for all five wickets that fell on the final day of the match.

Ash Gardner Statement After Winning Player of the Month

Ecstatic about receiving the award, Gardner expressed her gratitude, saying, “I am truly honoured to be voted as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month. The victory in the Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge was an incredible moment for our team, and I’m thrilled to have contributed to the win. Winning a Test match on foreign soil is one of the most challenging feats in cricket, and this match will remain etched in our memories for years to come.”

Gardner also acknowledged the enthusiasm surrounding the women’s Ashes series, with record-breaking crowds turning out in England. She expressed her excitement about being part of this momentous period for the sport.

With her exceptional performance in the Women’s Ashes series, Ash Gardner has once again showcased her immense talent and versatility as an all-rounder. Her impactful contributions with both bat and ball have been instrumental in Australia’s success, underscoring her status as one of the premier players in women’s cricket.