Date of Birth1/15/1993
Place of BirthAustralia
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium fast
Megan Schutt is an Australian Fast bowler who has represented Australia in all forms of the game. She represents Adelaide strikers in the WBBL. Schutt played her first domestic season at the age of 16, for South Australia Scorpions in 2009 and soon made a name for herself with her quick fast bowling. Giving continuous match winning performances for her domestic side, helped her to get a maiden callup for the New Zealand series in 2012. She was bit expensive in her debut match, but made a strong comeback in the next couple of matches. Though she was a wicket taking bowler, she struggled for the right length and accuracy initially. Despite that, she was also named in the 2013 World Cup winning squad which was questioned by many, but she shut down the critics by becoming the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 15 wickets. Steadily she improved her bowling length and accuracy, which helped her to gain her T20 debut cap against New Zealand in 2013. The same year she also played her 1st test match against England. Since then, she has been the backbone of the Australian bowling, forming the core of the team along with Lanning, Perry and Healy.
Till date she has notched up 80+ International wickets.
Megan Schutt broke through to play for Australia as a 19-year-old fast bowler and immediately made her mark. In her second ODI against New Zealand, including giving away just three runs and picking up a wicket with the match on the edge. Those were signs good enough to suggest that Schutt was here for the long haul.
Unsurprisingly, she was in the Australian squad for the Women’s World Cup in 2013 in India, where she showcased her mettle at the big stage. She returned with 15 wickets in the tournament, being the leading wicket-taker, including a couple of three-fers against New Zealand and West Indies in the league stage. What’s more, she picked up a couple in the final as well.
Following a successful World Cup campaign, Schutt was awarded her first central contract by Cricket Australia. 2013 was a memorable year for her as she went on to make her Test debut in the Ashes series. What was noteworthy was she dismissed a gritty Laura Marsh to open her account in the longest format.
Schutt’s progress at the top level was pretty rapid. She was one of the mainstays of Australia’s bowling attack long before you knew. She picked up six wickets in the Ashes Test in 2015, was Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the World T20 in 2016, Australia’s second-highest wicket-taker in the Women’s World Cup 2017, the joint-highest wicket-taker in the World T20 in 2018 before picking up most wickets in a T20 World Cup in 2020.
In March 2018, Schutt sent back Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma off successive balls to become the first Australian to pick a hat-trick in T20Is.
Megan Schutt also held the record of picking up at least one wicket in a T20I for 23 long matches, before the streak was broken in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2020.
- May 23, 2020
The new playing conditions and the way forward means that it should be easier for women to resume playing cricket than men, writes S. Sudarshanan.
- May 8, 2020
Megan Schutt speaks about the impact of the pandemic on women's cricket and potentially playing shorter domestic tournaments in 2020-21.
- May 8, 2020
Megan Schutt, Australia's pacer, said that she doesn't make plans based on players' experience and that she finds bowling to left-handers tough.
- April 2, 2020
Sophie Devine has been chosen as Adelaide Strikers' WBBL Most Valueable Player for the third consecutive time.