Ashleigh Gardner is an Australian hard hitter, who plays for New South Wales Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League and Sydney Sixers in the Australian Women’s Big Bash League.
After topping the runs tally at Cricket Australia’s Under-18 Championships in 2015, she bagged the Player of the tournament award, and took her side to the trophy. Since then, she has continued to impress at the domestic level and was soon named in the national squad to play against New Zealand. She played her T20 debut match first, followed by her ODI debut at the start of 2017.
Ashleigh Gardner is the first indigenous women player to have played for Australia. Initially, she was only a batter, but soon she transformed herself into an useful middle order all-rounder; and her off-break bowling at crucial situations, gives the Australian team an extra edge. In the WBBL, she has a century to her name and always remains among the top run getters of the tournament. She has also represented Australia at the 2017 World cup, and since her debut, has been a regular member of the squad. With a tremendous range of shots in her arsenal, and the ability to strike hard, she will surely be a great asset for Australia in the future.