Stafanie Roxann Taylor
June 11, 1991, Spanish Town, Jamaica
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Jamaican-born Stafanie Taylor went on her first cricket tour as a 10-year old. Though also a talented footballer, she chose cricket because she figured she "could travel the world more by playing cricket than football." West Indies Women have been the major beneficiary of that decision ever since she emerged onto the international scene as a 17-year old, hitting a 49-ball 90 on T20I debut against Ireland in 2008. In 2013 she became the only player in history, male or female, to ever achieve the number one ODI ranking in both batting and bowling simultaneously.
Taylor, who has opened for West Indies Women since she was a teenager, is known for her determined accumulation of runs. At just 19, she became the youngest woman to reach 1000 ODI runs. Then she smashed her way to the third-highest total in women's ODIs when she hit 171 against Sri Lanka at the 2013 World Cup.
In 2015, she took over as West Indies Women captain from Merissa Aguilleira, and left a mark in her first assignment - she made 27, 49, 98* and 87* in an ODI series sweep against Pakistan. Her crowning glory came in 2016 when she led West Indies to the Women's World T20 title; they beat three-time champions Australia in a thrilling finale, with Taylor making a crucial 59. She finished the event as the leading run-scorer, with 246 runs. She also picked up eight wickets and was named Player of the Tournament. Raf Nicholson
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