Ashleigh Gardner

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Ashleigh Gardner
2017–18 WBBL PS v SS 17-12-30 Gardner (01).jpg
Gardner batting for Sydney Sixers during WBBL|03
Personal information
Full nameAshleigh Katherine Gardner
Born (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 25)
Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 174)18 July 2019 v England
Last Test27 January 2022 v England
ODI debut (cap 134)2 March 2017 v New Zealand
Last ODI16 July 2022 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no.63
T20I debut (cap 44)17 February 2017 v New Zealand
Last T20I7 August 2022 v India
T20I shirt no.63
Domestic team information
2015/16–2016/17, 2018/19–presentNew South Wales
2015/16–presentSydney Sixers (squad no. 6)
2015/16Northern Districts
2017/18South Australia
2021–presentBirmingham Phoenix
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WLA
Matches 3 39 51 69
Runs scored 157 528 815 1,280
Batting average 39.25 24.00 22.63 29.76
100s/50s 0/2 0/4 0/4 1/8
Top score 56 67 93 136
Balls bowled 432 1,675 562 3,123
Wickets 4 43 27 78
Bowling average 42.75 26.86 23.14 27.97
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/27 3/28 3/22 3/28
Catches/stumpings 1/– 18/– 13/– 28/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 7 August 2022

Ashleigh Katherine Gardner (born 15 April 1997) is an Australian international cricketer who plays as an all-rounder. She is a right-handed batter and right-arm off break bowler. She is a regular for Australia and plays for New South Wales Breakers in the Women's National Cricket League and Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League.[1]

Gardner was born in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown. She is an Indigenous Australian through her mother's Muruwari heritage.[2]

International career

She made her Women's Twenty20 International cricket (WT20I) debut against New Zealand on 17 February 2017.[3]

On 2 March 2017, she made her Women's One Day International (WODI) debut against New Zealand.[4]

Gardner bowling for Australia during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup
Gardner bowling for Australia during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup

In June 2017, she became the first Indigenous Australian woman to play in a cricket World Cup, when she represented Australia against Pakistan in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup.[5][6]

Gardner played for Australia in the Women's Ashes. In the first ODI she took three wickets in the first innings, then combined with Alex Blackwell in the second innings for a 39 run partnership from just 29 balls. She hit two sixes in her innings and, though she was dismissed after only 18 balls, she had put Australia in a position where they only needed two runs from the final over.[7]

In April 2018, she was one of the fourteen players to be awarded a national contract for the 2018–19 season by Cricket Australia.[8] In October 2018, she was named in Australia's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[9][10] Ahead of the tournament, she was named as the player to watch in the team.[11] In November 2018, she was named in the Sydney Sixers' squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[12][13]

In April 2019, Cricket Australia awarded her with a contract ahead of the 2019–20 season.[14][15] In June 2019, Cricket Australia named her in Australia's team for their tour to England to contest the Women's Ashes.[16][17] She made her Test debut for Australia against England women on 18 July 2019.[18] In January 2020, she was named in Australia's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[19]

In January 2022, Gardner was named in Australia's squad for their series against England to contest the Women's Ashes.[20] Later the same month, she was named in Australia's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[21] In May 2022, Gardner was named in Australia's team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.[22]

See also


  1. ^ Jackson, Russell (10 January 2017). "Back yard to Big Bash: Ashleigh Gardner's star rises after intense year of cricket". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Ashleigh Gardner: Australia all-rounder on aboriginal roots". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Women tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia Women v New Zealand Women at Melbourne, Feb 17, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Australia Women tour of New Zealand, 2nd ODI: New Zealand Women v Australia Women at Mount Maunganui, Mar 2, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ Kumar, Aishwarya (22 June 2017). "Ashleigh Gardner stands on the cusp of history". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ "ICC Women's World Cup, 4th Match: Australia Women v West Indies Women at Taunton, Jun 26, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ Brettig, Daniel (22 October 2017). "Blackwell's unbeaten 67 powers Australia to narrow win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Molineux, Kimmince among new Australia contracts; Beams, Cheatle miss out". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Australia reveal World Twenty20 squad". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Jess Jonassen, Nicole Bolton in Australia's squad for ICC Women's World T20". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Key Players: Australia". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  12. ^ "WBBL04: All you need to know guide". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. ^ "The full squads for the WBBL". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Georgia Wareham handed first full Cricket Australia contract". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Georgia Wareham included in Australia's 2019-20 contracts list". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Molineux misses Ashes squad, Vlaeminck included". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Tayla Vlaeminck beats injury to make Australian women's Ashes squad". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Only Test, Australia Women tour of England at Taunton, Jul 18-21 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Sophie Molineux and Annabel Sutherland named in Australia's T20 World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Alana King beats Amanda-Jade Wellington to place in Australia's Ashes squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  21. ^ "Wellington, Harris return in Australia's World Cup squad". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  22. ^ "Aussies unchanged in quest for Comm Games gold". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 20 May 2022.

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