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Claire Taylor delighted by 'special' MBE honour

Claire Taylor
Taylor was Player of the Tournament in the World Cup and World Twenty20

England batter Claire Taylor described her MBE as a "bit special" after being named in the New Year Honours List.

"Getting cricket-specific awards is great because it's recognition within cricket," the 34-year-old said.

"But this is recognition in the wider community so this is special but in a completely different way."

Taylor helped England to a World Cup/World Twenty20 double in 2009 and two months ago was named Women's Cricketer of the Year.

In April, she also made history by becoming the first female cricketer to be chosen as one of Wisden's five players of the year.

Taylor, who is currently in the middle of a break from the game in order to concentrate on work commitments and will miss England's upcoming tour to India, said her MBE had capped "a really brilliant 2009".

She expects to return to action for England's defence of the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean in May.

Looking further ahead, she hopes the profile of the women's game in England - and around the rest of the world - will continue to grow over the next few years.

She wants cricket to be "an accepted sporting path for a girl, and for younger and older women as well".

606: DEBATE

Taylor added: "The elite players need to keep pushing forward and keep pushing the boundary of the quality of the game that we play and to keep building that respect that there is for the game.

"Other countries will get better and it's not just a matter of throwing money at it, I don't think that's the answer at all.

"It's making sure that we play the right competitions and we have the right opportunities to play against international opposition."



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22 Mar 09 |  Women's cricket


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