Megan Schutt Biography : Megan Schutt is the Australian women’s cricket professional playing as a medium-fast bowler since 2012 in the international circuit. She has featured for the South Australia Scorpions, which was the domestic team she debuted in 2009. She has also featured in the famous Women’s Big Bash League and holds the record for being the first Australian to pick up the hat-trick in the Women’s T20 International fixture.
Early Life & Journey
Megan Schutt was born in Adelaide to parents, Brian and Sue. The player has a sibling, Natalie (an elder sister) and Warren (a younger brother). The player was born and brought up in Hackham West, a suburb of Adelaide. She attended Hackham West Primary School, which was known as Wirreanda Secondary School. Megan Schutt had a great academic performance.
In her childhood, Schutt loved playing cricket on streets and was asked to fill in for a player in a Seaford club fixture. When asked to bowl in the game, she turned the game on her head by picking a wicket on the first ball. She was scouted by another team and was asked to join them. Flinders University Cricket Club recruited Megan Schutt.
Breaking the barriers, the player moved in a South Australia State cricket pathway as her talent assisted her in featuring for the Under-15, under-17 and under-19 teams of South Australia. Though she was playing the game, Megan Schutt was not really impressed by the sport. She tried featuring in football but returned to cricket soon. She never opened up about the same till the age of 19 as she told to the Sunday Mail.
Considering her fine performances for the South Australia state, the player was picked by the national side in 2012 and went on to debut across all formats within a year. The player married her longtime partner, Jess Holyoake in March 2019. She was a long-time advocate of same-sex marriage in Australia. Once the law was passed in Australia in the favour of same sex marriage, Megan Schutt announced her marriage through Twitter. The happy couple has a child of just more than one year.
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Cricket & Stats
The medium pace all rounder made her debut for the Australian team in August 2012, when she was 20 years old. The debut was against their archrivals, New Zealand in Sydney. In her first game, Megan Schutt could not pick a wicket and conceded 33 runs in the five overs she bowled at Sydney Cricket Ground. However, the player played a pivotal role in the dismissal of Sara McGlashan in the fixture.
Since then, Megan Schutt has featured in 79 One-Day International fixtures with over 3755 deliveries being bowled. She has picked up 112 wickets in the due time. The 30-year-old averages 23.43, with a strike rate of 33.5. Despite the good numbers, she is yet to pick up a fifer in the 50-over format.
Despite making her debut in 2012, the player had to wait approximately a year to make her test debut. Megan Schutt made her test debut during the prestigious Ashes. Schutt, making her debut against England, picked a wicket in the first innings at Wormsley. However, the test debut did not end on a great note for the Australian, as the Kangaroos lost the game. Till date, the player has featured in four test fixtures and has nine wickets. However, Megan Schutt played her last test game in 2019 against England itself.
In the shortest format of the game, Megan Schutt has enjoyed outstanding success. Schutt made her debut against New Zealand Women in Melbourne in January 2013. The debut did not go well for the player as not only Australia lost the game but also she went for 20 runs in her 2 overs. Only bright side was a wicket from the game. However, in 92 games for Australia, Megan Schutt has 117 wickets at an economy of 6.19 and a strike rate of 15.6. She has 3 4-fer and a five-fer in the shortest format of the game for Australia.
In the Big Bash, Megan Schutt has carved herself an image as an Adelaide Strikers’ legend. Making her debut in the inaugural edition for Adelaide Strikers in 2015, the player has featured in 113 games with 114 wickets to her name. She has picked the wickets at an economy of 5.76 and strike rate of 22.16. The best bowling figures stand at six wickets for 19 runs in a fixture against Sydney Thunders in the 2022 edition of the Women’s Big Bash League.
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Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games, Birmingham – 2022
Most Valuable Player in Big Bash League – 2016, 2021
Profession: Australian Women Cricketer
Height (approx.): 5’8”
Hair Colour: Blonde
Date of Birth: 15- January-1993
Birth Place: Adelaide, Australia
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Capricorn