Derbyshire-born England international, Sarah Glenn, has been named as one of ESPN Cricinfo’s 20 women cricketers for the 2020s in the latest edition of The Cricket Monthly.
Despite only making her England debut in December 2019, Glenn has become a mainstay in the side, providing a consistent source of wickets, as well as some good lower-order performances with the bat.
Writer Valkarie Baynes says that the leg-spinner has been “A revelation since her international debut in late 2019, Glenn has adapted to the highest level with confidence, as top players are finding out – Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor and Javeria Khan feature among her early wickets.”
The 21-year-old was the Player of the Series as England won all five Vitality Twenty20 fixtures against the West Indies at The Incora™ County Ground in September, and is currently the joint-leading wicket-taker for Perth Scorchers in the WBBL, claiming 12 dismissals at an average of 21.00.
Despite her international experiences so far, Glenn says her cricketing hero is based a little closer to home: “Wayne Madsen. He’s been such a good player for Derbyshire for so long.”
Her favourite memory is “Playing my first men’s senior game with my brother, my sister, my dad and my cousin.”, while her burning ambition to be part of a tournament-winning side has only been stoked after reaching the semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.
England Women’s head coach, Lisa Keightley, has been impressed with how well Glenn has taken to the international arena and says she has become a key part of England’s gameplan.
“She’s been fantastic over the last 12 months. She and Sophie Ecclestone in the middle there throughout the T20 format has really changed the game for us and made us competitive in that middle phase to take wickets, and she’s been a big instigator of getting those wickets with Soph.”
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