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Women World Cup’s top 4 wicket-takers

Only one bowler was able to pick up more than 20 wickets in the 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup.

Sophie Ecclestone 21 wickets

England’s Sophie Ecclestone did not have a great start to the competition and was bashed to all parts of the park in England’s group match against Australia.

However, she came back with all her might, taking 21 wickets from just 9 outings at a brilliant average of 15.61 and an economy rate of 3.83.

She also picked up a 5 wicket haul in the competition, recording best figures of 6/36. Ecclestone had 7 wickets more than the second placed Shabnim Ismail.

Shabnim Ismail 14 wickets 

South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail took 14 wickets in the competition while conceding runs at an economy rate of just 4.02. She featured in 8 matches and conceded 245 runs while bowling 5 maidens and managed a brilliant average of 17.5 0.

It was courtesy of Ismail that South Africa was successful in qualifying for the semi finals where they ran into the mighty Australians.

Jess Jonassen 13 wickets 

Australia’s left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen was the highest wicket-taker for the side and third highest in the competition with 13 wickets from 8 matches at an average of 18.84 and an economy rate of 4.04. She had the best figures of 3/57 in the competition.

Alana King 12 wickets

Georgia Wareham was set to be Australia’s leg spin option for the T20 world cup but a serious injury before the beginning of the tournament meant that she was ruled out.

Alana King then took her place on short notice.

“I am just so proud of this team. To go 9-0 in the tournament shows the character of this team. I am just sticking to the process and what works for me. I know the batters will come for me and I like that challenge. It is a big family in the Australian camp. From the moment I walked in I was welcomed with open arms and it is credit to the girls, a culture that has been built for years. Healy played an outstanding innings. I was eating a bit of popcorn on the side and enjoying all the shows she was putting out. It all comes from our top order and how good they have been right through the tournament,” Alana King said after Australia won the final.

She ended up as the fourth highest wicket-taker in the competition with 12 wickets from 9 matches at 24.50.

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