Date of Birth27-10-1998
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm seamer
All of 19, Tayla Vlaeminck burst on to the scene in October 2018 as Australia’s latest pace sensation. She was wild, wayward but seriously quick, and had her teammates jumping around in the nets. However, shortly after the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean – where she made her T20I debut against India – Vlaeminck was sidelined with a knee injury that ruled her out of the home summer.
Following months of rehabilitation – which meant she was unable to take the field for Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League – the ‘Bendigo Bullet’ returned in time for the Ashes series in England last year. Although she did not feature in the ODI-leg of the series, Tayla Vlaeminck made her Test debut, bowling 11 sharp overs in a drawn encounter on a placid pitch in Taunton.
Since then, she has been a constant presence in the white-ball line up, used by Meg Lanning as the ‘enforcer’ of the attack. Although still developing her skills, the right-armer has shown she is a fast learner, finding control with the new ball, attacking the stumps and using the short ball to good effect. At the start of the home summer, Vlaeminck took six wickets in five limited overs matches against Sri Lanka, including career-best figures of 2 for 14. She also picked up ten wickets in the Women’s Big Bash League during her first stint with Hobart Hurricanes. Despite taking the new ball and often bowling in the power play, Vlaeminck maintained a tournament economy rate of 6.60— showcasing her ability to hit the right areas from the outset.
With the potential to consistently clock 115 kmph, and certainly push the 120 kmph mark – her fastest registered delivery is close to the 125 kmph mark – the 21-year-old has set herself up to be one of the fastest bowlers on the women’s circuit, challenging the likes of Lea Tahuhu and Shabnim Ismail.
As Australia prepared to defend their T20 World Cup crown at home, Tayla Vlaeminck had become a big part of their plans. She terrorised both India and England with some incredibly fast spells of bowling in the preceding tri-series and looked set to fire on the big stage. However, an unfortunate stress fracture in her foot meant the fast bowler was ruled out of the tournament even before a ball was bowled.
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