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Last Updated: Friday, 3 November 2006, 16:46 GMT
Rolton collects inaugural award
Karen Rolton
Rolton averaged almost 50 with the bat during the award period
Australia captain Karen Rolton has been named Women's Player of the Year at the International Cricket Council awards ceremony in Mumbai.

It was the first time a women's award has been part of the annual event, which was first held in 2004.

"It's fantastic that the ICC has included a women's award this year and it is greatly appreciated.

"We are trying to progress women's cricket and this certainly helps," 31-year-old Rolton commented.

"It means a lot to me as the other nominees were very strong. Katherine Brunt has had a great year - she is one for the future - and Anjum Chopra has been around doing a great job for India for many years."

Rolton recently won her 100th one-day cap during the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand, which Australia won 5-0.

And her skill and commitment earned warm praise from ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed.

"Karen has been a fantastic player for Australia for many years. She is an inspiration to other sportswomen, and men around the world, for her dedication and obvious passion for cricket," he said.

SEE ALSO
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