|Megan Schutt Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||January 15, 1993|
Megan Schutt is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented her country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a frontline pace bowler. She was a key part of the Australian squads that won the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2013 and 2022, the record-extending 6th and 7th times, respectively, that Australia had achieved the feat. Megan was also an integral member of the Australian squads that clinched the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018, 2020, and 2023 – the record-extending 4th, 5th, and 6th times, respectively, that Australia had achieved this feat. In the Australian domestic circuit, she has played for her home state of South Australia (2009-10-Present) across all 3 formats. She has also played domestic cricket outside of her home country, representing Nottinghamshire (2014) in England. In franchise-based T20 cricket, Megan has turned out for the Adelaide Strikers (2015-16-Present) in the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League); Supernovas (2018) in the Women’s T20 Challenge; and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (2023) in the WPL (Women’s Premier League). She has also played for the London Spirit (2022-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.
Megan Louise Schutt
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Megan had attended Hackham West Primary School in Hackham West, an outer southern suburb of her hometown of Adelaide. She later studied at Wirreanda Secondary School, a state government public high school in Morphett Vale, a southern suburb of Adelaide.
- Father – Brian Schutt
- Mother – Sue Schutt
- Siblings – Natalie Schutt (Older Sister), Warren Schutt (Younger Brother)
- 3 – One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I)
- 27 – Adelaide Strikers (WBBL), London Spirit (The Hundred), Royal Challengers Bangalore (WPL)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Megan has dated –
- Jess Holyoake (2019-Present) – Megan married her long-term partner Jess Holyoake in March 2019. In August 2021, Jess gave birth to their daughter named Rylee Louise Schutt via IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
- Has the phrase ‘no place for hate’ tattooed on her right forearm
She has been sponsored by Kookaburra Cricket (the cricketing division of Kookaburra Sports, an Australian company that specializes in Australian rules football, cricket, and field hockey equipment).
Megan Schutt Facts
- Megan first came into the spotlight in February 2013 when she, rather surprisingly, finished as the highest wicket-taker (15 wickets in 7 matches) at the 2013 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. Her bowling performances played a vital role in helping Australia win the title for a record-extending 6th time.
- At the 2016 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, she finished as the joint 5th-highest wicket-taker (7 wickets in 6 matches) and was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’. Megan produced match-best bowling figures in Australia’s 3rd and 4th (last) group stage matches of the tournament – 2/25 in 4 overs in a 9-wicket win over Sri Lanka and 3/29 in 4 overs in a 7-wicket win over Ireland, respectively.
- She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ in the latter win while the former win played a decisive role in helping Australia qualify for the semi-final stage of the tournament. In the semi-final, against arch-rivals England, she produced match-best bowling figures (2/15 in 4 overs) in a narrow 5-run win. In the final of the tournament, Australia, triple defending champions, were stunned by the West Indies who clinched the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title for the 1st time.
- At the 2017 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, Megan took 10 wickets in 7 matches as Australia reached the semi-final stage.
- In March 2018, she became the first female Australian cricketer (and the 7th overall) to have registered a hat-trick (the feat of dismissing 3 batters in 3 successive legal deliveries) in a T20I match. In September 2019, she became the first female Australian cricketer (and the 11th overall) to have registered a hat-trick in an ODI match. This made Megan the first and, as of March 2023, the only female cricketer to have recorded a hat-trick in both the T20I and ODI formats.
- She also became the first female cricketer to have registered more than 1 hat trick in international cricket – a feat only matched by Concy Aweko of Uganda (as of March 2023). Concy took her first WT20I hat trick in May 2019 and repeated the feat in September 2021. Concy, as of March 2023, was the only player to have recorded more than one hat trick in the WT20I format.
- At the 2018 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, she finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker (10 wickets in just 6 matches). Megan produced match-best bowling figures in Australia’s 1st and 3rd group stage matches of the tournament – 2/13 in 4 overs in a 52-run win over Pakistan and 3/12 in 3 overs in a 33-run win over New Zealand, respectively. The latter result helped Australia qualify for the semi-final stage of the tournament. Australia eventually won the tournament – for a record-extending 4th time.
- In the semi-final stage of the 2019-20 season of the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League), the 5th edition of the tournament, she produced match-best bowling figures (2/14 in 4 overs) to help the Adelaide Strikers win by 8 wickets and reach the final of the tournament for the first time. Megan (15 wickets in 16 matches) was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
- With 13 wickets in 6 matches, she was the highest wicket-taker at the 2020 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. In Australia’s 3rd match of the group stage, against Bangladesh, she produced match-best bowling figures (3/21 in 4 overs) in a massive 86-run victory. In the semi-final, against South Africa, Megan was Australia’s best bowler (2/17 in 3 overs) in a tense 5-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method (a controversial system of readjusting targets in rain-affected matches).
- In the final of the tournament, she bamboozled India with a spell of 4/18 in 3.1 overs to lead Australia to a massive 85-run win, clinching Australia’s 2nd consecutive ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title and its record-extending 5th overall. She was also included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
- At the 2022 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, Megan captured 9 wickets in 9 matches, helping Australia win the title for a record-extending 7th time.
- Megan was also a key member of the Australian squad that won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. It was the first occasion where women’s cricket was included in the Commonwealth Games and just the 2nd time that cricket was played at the Commonwealth Games – a men’s tournament had previously been featured at the 1998 edition held in Kuala Lumpur.
- In Australia’s semi-final match of the tournament, against New Zealand, she produced match-best bowling figures (3/20 in 4 overs) to help Australia win by 5 wickets and 3 balls to spare. She finished the tournament as the joint 2nd-highest wicket-taker overall (8 wickets in 5 innings).
- Megan was the highest wicket-taker (27 wickets in 15 matches) in the 2022-23 season of the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League), the 8th edition of the tournament. In the last match of the league stage of that season, she picked up 6 wickets for just 19 runs in 3.3 overs to help the Adelaide Strikers win by 26 runs. The performance set a new WBBL record for best bowling figures in an inning and she won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for her brilliant display.
- This win played a decisive role in the Adelaide Strikers‘ 2nd-place finish in the league stage of the tournament. The team was tied at 17 points with the Brisbane Heat but finished ahead of them due to a slightly better net run rate (derived by calculating the average runs per over scored by a team throughout the competition and subtracting, from it, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the competition) – courtesy the aforementioned win.
- The 2nd-place finish meant that the Adelaide Strikers would have to play (and win) 2 matches in the knockout stage to lift the title, instead of 3 if they had finished in 3rd place. In that preliminary final (termed the ‘Challenger’), she produced match-best bowling figures (3/26 in 4 overs) to help the Adelaide Strikers win by 6 wickets and reach the final of the tournament for the 3rd time.
- Megan, and the Adelaide Strikers, went on to win their 1st WBBL title after a closely-fought 10-run victory in the final of the tournament. She finished in joint 3rd place in the voting for the ‘Player of the Tournament’ that season – votes were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the two standing umpires after every match – and was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
- In February 2023, in the auction for the upcoming inaugural edition of the WPL (Women’s Premier League), Megan was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 40 lakhs.
- In Australia’s 3rd match of the group stage of the 2023 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, against Sri Lanka, Megan produced a brilliant spell – 4/24 in 4 overs – to help Australia win by 10 wickets. With 10 wickets in 6 matches, she finished the tournament as the joint 2nd-highest wicket-taker overall. Australia went on to win its 3rd consecutive (and 6th overall) ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title and she was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
- As of March 2023, Megan had registered 124 wickets in her WT20I career, the 3rd-most in history – just one behind Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies (125) and only 2 behind Nida Dar of Pakistan (126). Out of these 124 dismissals, 38 victims were ‘bowled’ (a mode of dismissal in which the ball delivered by a bowler hits the stumps, either directly or after some contact with the bat or the batter’s body) – the joint 2nd-most in history, tied with Sophie Ecclestone of England and only behind Shabnim Ismail of South Africa (42).
Featured Image by Megan Schutt / Instagram