|Heather Knight Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||December 26, 1990|
Heather Knight is an English professional cricketer who has represented her country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a batting all-rounder. She captained the English squad that triumphed at the 2017 ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s Cricket World Cup, the 4th time that England had lifted the title. She was the 7th-highest run-getter in the tournament with 364 runs to her name in 9 matches and also the English team’s 3rd-highest wicket-taker (8 wickets). In the English domestic circuit, Heather has played for Devon (2008-2009), Berkshire (2010-Present), and the Western Storm (2020-Present) across all formats. She has also played domestic cricket outside of her home country, representing Tasmania (2014-15-2015-16) in Australia. In franchise-based T20 cricket, she has turned out for the Hobart Hurricanes (2015-16-2019-20) and the Sydney Thunder (2020-21) in the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League); the Western Storm (2016-2019) in the WCSL (Women’s Cricket Super League); and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (2023) in the WPL (Women’s Premier League). Heather has also played for the London Spirit (2021-Present) in The Hundred, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that was introduced by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a new format of cricket that was played for the first time in July and August 2021.
Heather Clare Knight
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
Heather had attended Plymstock School, a state comprehensive secondary school in Plymstock, a suburb of Plymouth, Devon, England. She later studied biomedical sciences at Cardiff University, a public research university in Wales, United Kingdom.
- Father – Mike Knight
- Mother – Becky Knight
- Siblings – Steve Knight (Older Brother)
She has been represented by Luke Sutton, Manager and Booking Agent, Activate Management, Bespoke Talent Management Agency, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.
5 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Hobart Hurricanes (WBBL), Western Storm (WCSL, English Domestic Cricket), Sydney Thunder (WBBL), London Spirit (The Hundred), Royal Challengers Bangalore (WPL)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Heather has dated –
- Tim (2018-Present) – Heather began dating an accountant named Tim in 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of British descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Cheerful smile
- Radiant face
She has been sponsored by –
- Vitality UK (British insurance company)
- SM Cricket UK (British cricket equipment manufacturer)
Heather Knight Facts
- She once introduced herself at a cricket camp with her first name, ‘Heather’, but everyone misheard it as ‘Trevor’ – in part due to her heavy accent. She was about 13 years old at that time and the nickname ‘Trev’ has stuck with her ever since.
- She had been offered a seat at the renowned University of Cambridge to study natural sciences but turned down the offer so that she could focus on her cricket training.
- She was a non-playing member of the English squad that finished as the runner-up in the 2012 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Heather was also a part of the English squad that finished in 3rd place in the 2013 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
- In August 2013, in a test match against Australia, she and Laura Marsh put together a 156-run partnership for the 7th wicket. It narrowly missed the world record (157 runs, set in August 2002) for the highest partnership for the 7th wicket in a women’s test match. As of March 2023, no other such partnership had even crossed the mark of 110 runs.
- In the final of the 2014 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 4th edition of the tournament, Heather top-scored for England (29 runs) but was unable to prevent a 6-wicket defeat to arch-rivals Australia who won their 3rd title in a row. England’s defeat to Australia in the final was a repeat of the previous (2012) edition of the tournament. This was also England’s 3rd appearance in the final of the tournament – after the triumph in the inaugural edition (2009) and a runner-up finish in 2012.
- In the 2015-16 season of the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League), the inaugural edition of the tournament, she captained the Hobart Hurricanes to a 2nd-place finish in the league phase. The team was eventually knocked out in the semi-final stage in a rain-affected match. One of the stars of the tournament, Heather finished as the 9th-highest run-getter (363 runs in 15 matches) and the 8th-highest wicket-taker (17 wickets in 15 matches). She was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ as its captain and stood 3rd in the voting for the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award – votes were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the two standing umpires after every match.
- In England’s 2nd match of the group stage of the 2016 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, against hosts India, she produced an excellent spell of 3/15 in 4 overs to help England win a tense encounter by 2 wickets. Heather was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her stellar performance. England finished the group stage with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record but the team was defeated in the semi-final stage by Australia – by a narrow 5-run margin.
- In June 2016, she was appointed the full-time captain of the English senior national women’s cricket team across all formats.
- She was the leading run-scorer across the 4 seasons (2016-2019) of the now-defunct WCSL (Women’s Cricket Super League, a semi-professional women’s T20 cricket competition that was operated by the England and Wales Cricket Board). In the tournament, Heather also captained the Western Storm to the title in 2017 and 2019.
- In England’s opening league-phase game of the 2017 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, against India, she was England’s best bowler (2/41 in 7 overs) and 2nd-highest run-scorer (46 runs) but was unable to prevent a 35-run defeat. In the team’s 2nd game, against Pakistan, Heather scored 106 runs (her maiden century in the WODI format) and was involved in a 3rd wicket partnership of 213 runs with Nat Sciver-Brunt.
- It was the then-highest 3rd wicket stand in the history of the tournament. As of March 2023, it was still the joint-highest 3rd wicket partnership for England in the WODI format. England piled up 377 runs in that match, the team’s highest total in the tournament’s history and their second-highest total in the WODI format. In England’s next match, against Sri Lanka, Heather scored a match-best 82 runs in a 7-wicket win.
- In England’s 7th (and last) game of the league phase, against the West Indies, Heather scored a match-best 67 runs and was named the ‘Player of the Match’. England won the match by 92 runs and finished the league phase in the number 1 position. England overcame India by a narrow margin of 9 runs in the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, lifting the title for the 4th time.
- For her pivotal role in helping England win this title and her captaincy in this tournament, she was named one of the 5 ‘Wisden Cricketers of the Year’ in 2018. The honor is given annually by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (widely regarded as the ‘Bible of Cricket’), a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom, to players who made the biggest impact on the previous English cricket season. Heather was also awarded an ‘OBE’ (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the 4th highest honor in the Order of the British Empire, a British order of chivalry) in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list.
- In November 2017, in a WT20I match against Australia, she and Danielle Wyatt put together a 139-run partnership for the 4th wicket. It was the then 2nd highest partnership for the 4th wicket in a WT20I match. As of March 2023, it was still the 2nd highest such partnership – only behind the world record (147 runs unbeaten, set in September 2005).
- In England’s semi-final match of the 2018 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, against India, Heather, England’s captain, produced match-best bowling figures (3/9 in 2 overs) in an 8-wicket victory. In the final, England’s nemesis, Australia, hammered them by 8 wickets.
- At the 2020 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, she was the 4th highest run-getter overall with 193 runs to her name in just 4 innings. In England’s 2nd match of the group stage, against minnows Thailand, she smashed 108 runs not out off just 66 balls in a 98-run win. This was her first century in the WT20I format and she was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her performance.
- Heather’s knock also made her the first female cricketer in history to have scored a century in all three formats (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is) of the sport. During that match, she was involved in an unbroken 169-run partnership for the 3rd wicket with Nat Sciver-Brunt. As of March 2023, this was the highest partnership for England for the 3rd (or any other) wicket in a WT20I match. In England’s next (3rd) match of the group stage, Heather produced a match-best knock of 62 runs in a 42-run win over Pakistan. She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for the 2nd game in a row.
- Her red-hot form as England’s captain met an unfortunate end in the semi-final as England’s opponents, India, advanced to the final after incessant rain meant that no play was possible. This was because India had finished their group in the top position while England had stood 2nd in theirs. Heather was included in the ICC‘s ‘Team of the Tournament’ for her performances.
- In the 2020-21 season of the WBBL, the 6th edition of the tournament, she played a vital role in helping the Sydney Thunder win the WBBL title for the 2nd time. In what was her first season with this team, Heather finished as the 4th-highest run-getter overall (446 runs in 15 innings) and also picked up 10 wickets in 13 innings. She was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ and stood 3rd in the voting for the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award – achieving both feats for the 2nd time in her career.
- In August 2021, she finished as the 8th-highest run-getter overall in the inaugural season of The Hundred – with 214 runs to her name in just 8 matches. Heather top-scored for the London Spirit in 4 of those 8 matches as the team finished 4th in the league phase of the tournament – missing out on a place in the knockout stage by a whisker.
- In January 2022, she scored 168 runs not out in a test match against Australia, the 2nd test match century of her career. It arrived nearly a decade after her first test century –
157 runs against Australia in 2013. The gap can be attributed to the fact that women’s test matches have become rare events, especially after the late 2010s, due to the advent of the T20I format.
- Heather’s aforementioned knock of 168 runs not out was, as of March 2023, the 2nd highest individual score by a captain in a woman’s test match. The world record (179 runs, set in July 1976, against Australia) was still held by the legendary former English women’s cricket team captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint (d. 2017).
- After England lost its first 3 matches of the league phase of the 2022 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup by narrow margins, the team’s title defense seemed like a lost cause. Heather, however, played a captain’s knock of 53 runs not out to help England defeat India (the previous edition’s losing finalists) by 4 wickets in the team’s next (4th) match of the league phase and breathe some life into the English campaign.
- The team responded to the captain’s heroic effort and won its next (and last) 3 matches of the league phase of the tournament – by 1 wicket against hosts New Zealand, by 9 wickets against Pakistan, and by 100 runs against Bangladesh, respectively – to miraculously qualify for the semi-final stage. England eventually reached the final of the tournament where Australia defeated them by 71 runs.
- In February 2023, in the auction for the upcoming inaugural edition of the WPL (Women’s Premier League), Heather was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 40 lakhs.
- At the 2023 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Heather captained England to a perfect 4-0 win-loss record in the group stage of the tournament. In the semi-final, however, she could not prevent a narrow 6-run defeat to hosts South Africa who reached the final of the tournament for the first time in history.
Featured Image by Heather Knight / Instagram