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Taylor secures top women's award

Claire Taylor
Taylor has had a hugely successful 12 months with England

Claire Taylor has been named Women's Cricketer of the Year at the International Cricket Council awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

In the last 12 months the 34-year-old England player averaged 70.62 runs in 18 one-day internationals and 115 in Twenty20 internationals.

She beat Australia's Shelley Nitschke and England's Charlotte Edwards to win.

"It's been an amazing year for women's cricket and a privilege to be part of this great England team," said Taylor.

"I've come to this awards ceremony for the last two years so this year to actually get the award is a great honour and to be recognised up there with Jhulan (Goswami), Karen Rolton and Charlotte Edwards - it's great," she told BBC Sport.

The award rounds off a hugely successful year for Taylor, who won both the Women's World Cup and Women's World Twenty20 with England, was named Player of the Tournament for both and became the first woman to be included among Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year. events.

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"The highlight for us was coming home from the one-day World Cup with the trophy and then playing really well in the ICC World Twenty20 at home in England," she said.

"The ICC and England and Wales Cricket Board is working really hard to grow the women's game.

"We are really trying to attract more and more women and girls into cricket and I think the success of the England national team helps to do that especially when we are given the chance - like this year - to compete on the big stage."

Taylor will miss the forthcoming tour to the West Indies in order to concentrate on her management consultant job at SUMS Consulting but will return for the 2010 World Twenty20, also in the Caribbean.

"I won't be picking up a cricket bat until January so it'll be three or so months out of the game. I'll still be training, I'll still be working with the English Institute of Sport.

"But I need to recuperate from a couple of injuries that I sustained over the course of the last 12 months...and to concentrate a little bit on work for the next few months.

"I don't really know when the cricket's going to finish, whether it be through injury or choice, and it's important to keep building for the future.

"I think being away from the game for a couple of months will be good for me - but I think it will be great for the team as well. There are a couple of players on the fringes of the team that have great talent, but need a bit of a longer run in the team," she added.



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