England spinner Sophie Ecclestone has been Termed Emerging Player of the Year for 2018 by the International Cricket Council.

The 19-year-old slow left-armer took 35 wickets in nine oneday internationals along with 14 Twenty20s.

Ecclestone and England opener Tammy Beaumont were appointed in the girls ODI team of the year, while all rounder Nat Sciver made the T20 team.

“I am very thrilled to win this award,” said Ecclestone.

“The most crucial thing is winning on the field but it’s nice to be recognised.

“It was my very first full year as an England player after completing my education, therefore it is amazing to get an award such as this.”

Ecclestone helped England reach the World Twenty20 final, they lost to Australia.

India opener Smriti Mandhana received the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award – named after the late former England captain – for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year and was named ODI Player of the Year.

Australia wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy won the T 20 Player of the Year award.


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