This was the second nomination Matthews received for the award, having previously been nominated in July 2021. At the time, she lost the award to her national team captain, Stafanie Taylor. Matthews was instrumental in helping her side to the 3-0 triumph in an ODI series against Pakistan away from home.
In that series, Matthews was the highest wicket-taker for the West Indies with seven scalps at an average of 14 and a strike rate of 24.8. She also received a player of the match award in the second ODI, when she had figures of four for 26 and scored 26 runs. She played another game in November, which was against Ireland in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, where she took two more wickets.
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Apart from her bowling brilliance, she managed 141 runs in those four matches. It included her 57 run knock against Pakistan in the first ODI in Karachi. She also had a terrific day with the ball in that very match, picking up figures of three for 31 as West Indies cruised to victory.
As far as West Indies is concerned, her team would hope that she can continue her good form leading into the South Africa tour, which starts in January 2022. West Indies would also hope for a much-improved performance in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, which starts in March 2022, in comparison to their campaign in 2017.
Jury member and former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan had a few kind words for the all-rounder. “Hayley was the star, performing with both bat and ball. Her all-round performance was one of the reasons the West Indies won against Pakistan, and she deserves to be the women’s Player of the Month,” Pathan said.