Teams Played For
Adelaide Strikers Women, Australia Under-21s Women, Australia Women, South Australia Women
Megan Schutt has been Australia’s mainstay fast-bowler since her debut in 2012. An athletic right-arm fast-medium who is one of the leading ladies when it comes to the leading wicket tally. Schutt is also the first female cricketer to take a hat-trick in the T20I format. The list doesn’t end here, the pacer was also named in ICC’s T20I Team of the Decade.
The Adelaide-born Schutt came into the South Australian Scorpions team during the 2009-10 season of the Women's National Cricket League. She made her name due to her accuracy and pace. The pacer didn’t take too long to grab the eyeballs of the national selectors.
The quick-gun made her ODI debut against New Zealand in 2012, where she went for runs in a low-scoring game and went wicketless as well. However, she made a solid comeback in her second game by picking two crucial wickets and then was named in the Australian squad for the 2013 World Cup, held in India. The pacer bagged 15 wickets in the ICC tournament, finishing as the highest wicket-taker to help Australia to lift the trophy. She followed it up with her brilliance during the Ashes’ win in England for the first time in 14 years.
In 2015, Cricket Australia introduced the Women’s Big Bash League and Schutt was picked by Adelaide Strikers. During the 2017-18 season, the seamer found her peak, especially in the shortest format of the game, and later was named in ICC’s T20I Team of the Year.
Scutt used her form to help Australia clinch the World T20 title of 2018. She finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker with 10 scalps. The pacer was also in sublime nick during the next 20-over World Cup where she was the highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets, Australia clinched another trophy. In January 2021, ICC named Schutt in the prestigious T20I Team of the Decade for her contribution.
Since her debut, she has been a vital cog and played a mammoth role in Australia’s dominance. With age on her side, the pacer has the potential to become one of the greatest in the years to follow.
(As of March 2021)