Australia’s Tahlia McGrath equals Glenn Maxwell’s unique T20I record
Australia Women’s all-rounder Tahlia McGrath produced a brilliant all-round performance on Thursday to power Australia to a massive nine-wicket win against England in the first T20I of the multi-format Women’s Ashes in Adelaide.
She picked up just three wickets for 26 runs, including the big wickets of Nat Sciver and Danni Wyatt at the death, to restrict England to a total of 169/4, and then played an outstanding knock of 91* off just 49 deliveries after walking out to bat at No.3.
In doing so, she became only the second player ever in T20I history, across both men’s and women’s formats, to claim three or more wickets and score 90+ runs in the same match.
The first player to do so was Glenn Maxwell who scored an unbeaten 103 and registered bowling figures of 3/10 against England in Hobart in 2018. Australia also won that match comfortably by 5 wickets.
Tahlia McGrath is just the second player after Glenn Maxwell to score 90+ runs & take 3+ wickets in a T20I across Men’s & Women’s cricket involving full member teams #Ashes
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) January 20, 2022
England were going all guns blazing after they were put into bat by Australia. Danni Wyatt played an outstanding knock of 70 whereas Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver chipped in with scores of 30 and 32 respectively. But Tahlia McGrath and Alana King’s economical spells restricted England to a tota of 169/4, which could have easily gone past 200 considering the way they batted in the first 15 overs of the innings.
In response, Australia lost the wicket of Alyssa Healy early in the innings. But there was no stopping them once McGrath joined Meg Lanning at the crease. The duo took Australia home with an unbeaten 144-run stand for the second wicket, with McGrath remaining unbeaten on 91 and Lanning on 64.