Natalie Ruth SciverAll-rounder
Date of Birth20-08-1992
Place of BirthTokyo, Japan
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
Natalie Sciver has become an integral part of the England set-up. Brought into the England side as a bowler who bats, it is her batting that has become her dominant role with her ability to clear the boundary rope. She is also an inventive player who can play all around the ground and even had a shot named after her; the ‘Natmeg’ a premeditated shot played square of the wicket between the legs.
Having spent time in Japan (where she was born), Poland and the Netherlands, Sciver played as many different sports as possible before settling on cricket. With every year playing at the top level, there is an added maturity about her batting as she learns more about her own game. Her medium-pace bowling is taking a back seat but is more than useful. Domestically she plays for Surrey in the County Championship, Surrey Stars in the Kia Super Leauge and Perth Scorchers in the WBBL.
A genuine allrounder is a match-winner in any format. She can change the match with the ball and with the bat in hand and Natalie Sciver is one of the best allrounders in the world. Often bailing England out of crunch situations and breaking partnerships at crucial stages of the game, Sciver is a game-changer and most valuable person in the England team. Born in Tokyo, Sciver was always interested in sports right since her younger days. She has played football and tennis, but cricket took precedence when her family moved to England.
She represented Surrey County and her consistent performances in the County, led her to being called up for England team in 2013. She impressed one and all with her smart batting and accurate bowling. In October 2013 she created history by being the first male or female player to take a hat-trick against New Zealand in the T20Is. In the same year, she showed her batting credentials in the 2013 Ashes series by averaging over 100 and followed it up with nine wickets and 175 runs in the 2015 Ashes series. Clearly proving her worth as an all-rounder.
Her exploits with the bat and ball in hand made her one of the most sought after players in the Women’s Cricket Super League and Women’s Big Bash League. She led Surrey Stars in WCSL and the team to victory in 2018 season. She also was part of Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers in WBBL.
Known more for her skills with the bat on the international circuit, Nat Sciver went on to prove her mettle with the ball in the T20 World Cup that year in the Caribbean. In the absence of Katherine Brunt – who missed the tournament due to injury – the right-arm seamer took the new ball for England, providing them with early breakthroughs through the tournament. Her gentle outswingers saw many a batter struggle in conditions that largely suited her style of bowling.
Two years later, in the ICC Women’s T20I World Cup 2020 in Australia, she was in red-hot form, cracking three fifties on the trot, further underlining her worth as one of the premier allrounders in the women’s game.
- June 14, 2020
The COVID-19 has not just affected cricketing plans but also the wedding plans of Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver. They were to tie the knot on September 19 but have decided to push it back till they can get their friends, families and team-mates in the same room. “At the minute we’re looking into a
- June 11, 2020
Here's a look at all the women who became the first from their countries to take hat-tricks in T20I cricket. There are 13 in all.
- April 1, 2020
Nicole Bolton wins the Zoe Goss Medal for the third time while Natalie Sciver was the WBBL Player of the Year in the WACA Awards for 2019-20.
- March 13, 2020
Natalie Sciver will captain Trent Rockets while Sophie Devine will lead Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of 'The Hundred'.