Beth Mooney, the Australian women’s cricket opener, has been awarded the title of Wisden Almanack’s Women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year for the second time in her career. Mooney’s exceptional performance in 2022, across various formats with the Australian cricket team, led to this recognition.
Mooney played a crucial role in Australia’s World Cup victory against South Africa, scoring a half-century in the final, and was the highest run-scorer of the competition with a total of 330 runs. She also led Australia to a thrilling nine-run victory against India in the Commonwealth Games T20, scoring 61 runs from just 41 balls.
Despite suffering a severe nets injury that almost ended her season, Mooney displayed immense strength and determination by bouncing back after surgery to insert three metal plates into her face. She played an important role in the Ashes victory over England.
Mooney’s contribution to the Australian team was recognized with the Belinda Clark Award for the second time in three years at the Australian Cricket Awards. This award acknowledges her as the best women’s cricketer of the past 12 months, cementing her position as one of the greatest players in the history of Australian women’s cricket.
Despite receiving these accolades, Mooney remains humble, stating that her focus is on team success rather than personal recognition. She believes that cricket is a team sport and that the collective achievements are what matters the most.
Beth Mooney’s success is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and talent. She has earned her place among the world’s best women cricketers and is likely to continue contributing significantly to the Australian team in the future.