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Morna Nielsen
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Morna Nielsen

New Zealand
Morna Nielsen

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2016

Full Name

Morna Jessie Godwin Nielsen

Born

February 24, 1990, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Age

31y 213d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm medium, Slow left arm orthodox

TEAMS

A structural engineer outside the playing field, Morna Nielsen made her international debut barely four months after taking up the art of spin bowling, against Australia in February 2010. Having started off with Northern Districts in 2007 as a medium-pacer, she switched to spin at the start of the 2009-10 season, and quickly left an impression on the selectors.

She spent two years on the sidelines from 2012, before being recalled for the Rose Bowl series against Australia in January 2012, when she made her T20I debut. A phenomenal spell of 4 for 10 against England in February that year marked her coming of age. . She was riddled by a number of injuries over the next two seasons - tearing ligaments in her ankle when she tripped on the boundary rope during a match and dislocating her left index finger during a training season with the New Zealand U-19 boys. However, she did remarkably well on her return to reach a career-high of No. 2 in the ICC T20I bowling rankings in 2014.

She picked up her first five-for against Sri Lanka in a series whitewash in 2015-16. A steady Women's Big Bash League season for Melbourne Stars - she picked up 18 wickets in 10 matches at 11.00 - further heightened expectations. At the 2016 Women's World T20 in India, she finished with figures of 4-0-4-0 in a group game against Australia, a record for the best economy in women's T20 cricket.

The 2015/16 season also brought success, with her first five-for in international cricket coming against Sri Lanka at Lincoln as she took 5-21 in their series whitewash. She had a good WBBL for Melbourne Stars, with 18 wickets at an average of 11.00 in only 10 matches. In New Zealand's group game against Australia at Nagpur during the 2016 World Twenty20, her return of 4-0-4-0 broke the record for the most economical ever performance in women's T20 cricket.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
WODI52255121206.0524649.18009170
WT20I441386021*12.008372.28002260
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
WODI525023521418535/215/2126.753.6144.30020
WT20I4444941753414/104/1018.364.8022.90100
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Photos


Morna Nielsen gets into her delivery stride
Morna Nielsen celebrates the wicket of Hayley Matthews
Morna Nielsen was the most successful of the New Zealand bowlers
Morna Nielsen
Morna Nielsen, player portrait