Hayley Matthews was always destined for success, playing senior cricket for the Barbados women’s team at 12 and making her international debut for the West Indies at 16. Matthews was a great javelin thrower and a multi-talented athlete, but she ultimately decided to pursue a career in cricket.
In T20Is versus New Zealand in 2014, she made her debut on the international stage. A few months later, on her ODI debut, Matthews left a lasting impression by scoring three fifties in back-to-back games.
She scored the most runs for West Indies in the series and claimed three wickets with her useful off-spin.
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She had her first experience playing on a global scale at the 2016 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, where she was a crucial component of West Indies’ first-ever victory. In the final match against the three-time champions Australia, Matthews grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, hitting a 45-ball 66 to propel her team to victory. She was named the West Indies team’s vice-captain before the T20 World Cup in 2018.
Matthews, a regular in both white-ball formats, has more than 1000 runs and 55 wickets in each design, a feat only shared by the West Indies’ Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor.
– Ranked No. 4 among women’s all-rounders in ODIs
– Ranked No. 5 among all-arounders in women’s T20I
In 2019, Matthews cemented her place in history when she and Chedean Nation scored a record 162 runs together against Ireland, which was the second-highest stand on any wicket in T20I cricket history. She scored a 62-ball 107*, the second Windies player to reach the century mark. Her innings featured seven fours and nine sixes.
She has three hundred in ODIs, with her highest score of 119 coming against the hosts of the most recent ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. She claimed two more wickets as West Indies won a thrilling game by three runs. With 260 runs and five gates, she finished the tournament as the West Indies team’s leading run-scorer and wicket-taker.
Matthews will be eager to herald a new era in West Indies cricket under her leadership now that she has taken over as captain after succeeding Stafanie Taylor in June 2022.
Highlights from Hayley Matthews’ CWC22 performance:
As per Frankie Mackay
“Hayley Matthews is an incredible superstar of the game, and that’s the most fantastic way I can describe her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody make things seem that simple.
She has a long ball strike. She possesses timing and class in addition to pure strength. She bowls off-spin beautifully. She arguably has the best action in the women’s game, in my opinion.
“I’ll take my hat off you if you can find me a better slip fielder in the game.
She does everything brilliantly. She alters the course of games, she brings about change, and she is the queen of women’s cricket.