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Commonwealth gold medallist Tahlia McGrath named ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August


Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has been named as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August for her performance during the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Tahlia McGrath was member of Australia’s CWG gold medal winning side. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tahlia McGrath was the joint second-highest wicket-taker in CWG
  • McGrath said that she loves being part of Australia’s special moments
  • Australia beat India to win gold medal at Commonwealth Games

Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has been named as the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August for her performance during the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

McGrath defeated compatriot Beth Mooney and India’s top-order batter Jemimah Rodrigues to clinch the monthly award after helping her side Australia win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old McGrath was the joint second-highest wicket-taker during the tournament, taking eight wickets from five matches. She also made some handy contributions with the bat.

“I’m honoured to have been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August given there are so many great players who are at the top of their game at the moment,” McGrath told the ICC.

“I’m loving being back in the Australian team and being part of some really special moments, including making history as the first women’s team to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal.”

In Australia’s final group match at the Commonwealth Games, McGrath scored an unbeaten 78 from just 51 deliveries, which powered her side to a challenging total of 160 for the loss of two wickets. She backed her performance with the ball as she took three wickets, ensuring Australia progressed to the knockout stages unbeaten.

McGrath then scored an unbeaten 34 and also took two wickets for Australia in the semi-final victory over New Zealand. She remained wicketless and was out for just two runs in the final against India. During the final, Australia posted an imposing score of 161 runs, with Beth Mooney top scoring with 61 off 41.

In reply, Australia struck early and removed India openers cheaply. Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues took India out of troubled waters and gave their side hope to pull off the victory. However, the dismissal of both the set batters in quick succession in the death overs brought Australia back in the match. Australia eventually defeated India by nine runs.

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