Since making her T20I debut in March 2010, Danni Wyatt has become an integral part of the England side – and one of the best batters on the planet.
On the international stage, the Sussex star has hit 1,530 runs, smashed her way to two centuries, chipped in with 46 wickets and is England’s most capped T20I player, overtaking Jenny Gunn’s previous record of 104 caps earlier this week.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup starting on Friday, and to mark Wyatt’s incredible achievement, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to remember her top three T20I performances...
124 vs. India – Bradbourne Stadium, Mumbai – 25/03/2018
England won the toss and opted to bowl first, but that looked to be the wrong decision when India put on an opening stand of 129 and stormed to 198 from their 20 overs.
Smriti Mandhana impressed for the hosts with 76 off 40 balls from the top of the order, and England would require the highest ever successful chase by any team in WT20I history.
Wyatt realised the mammoth task ahead of her side, and didn’t waste any time. With 15 fours, five sixes and a strike-rate of 193.75, the England opener reached her second T20I century – and the second-highest individual score in a WT20I ever – with 124 off just 64 balls.
Coming off just 52 balls, Wyatt’s century was also the second fastest in WT20I history, behind Deandra Dottin’s 38-ball ton.
The spin of Deepti Sharma eventually got the better of Wyatt, but by then, the damage was done, with Nat Sciver (12*) and Heather Knight (8*) seeing their side home with eight balls to spare.
Wyatt’s stunning performance deservedly earned her the Player of the Match award, and England began the tri-series with a vital two points.
4-11 vs. South Africa – Warner Park, Basseterre – 09/05/2010
England won the toss and batted first in their T20 World Cup pool match against South Africa, and finished their innings on 141-6.
With an unbeaten 34 off 22 balls, Lydia Greenway top-scored for Charlotte Edwards’ side, but there was still work to be done with the ball after setting what seemed a below-par total.
England’s Nicki Shaw took impressive figures of 3-17, but it was Wyatt who stole the show with figures of 4-11.
Chloe Leslie-Tryon was Wyatt’s first victim, falling for ten after Jenny Gunn held on to a smart catch in the deep, before Dane van Nierkerk was bamboozled and bowled for seven.
Wyatt also dismissed Charlize van der Westhuizen for three, and trapped Marcia Letsoala LBW for a duck, as South Africa crumbled to 87 all-out.
It was an incredible bowling performance, a vital World Cup win for England and still the best figures Wyatt has ever taken in a T20I.
100 vs. Australia – Manuka Oval, Canberra – 21/11/2017
Australia won the toss and opted to bat first in the final match of the 2017 Ashes series, and Beth Mooney was in majestic form at the top of the order for the home side.
Against a disjointed bowling attack, Mooney hit an unbeaten 117* off 70 balls with a single six and 19 fours seeing Australia set England a daunting 179 to win.
In reply, England looked to be struggling when the dismissals of Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor and Sciver left Heather Knight’s side 30-3 after five overs, but Wyatt had other ideas.
After she was luckily dropped on 24, the explosive batter went on to hit 100 off just 57 balls, with 13 fours and two sixes.
At the time, it was Wyatt’s highest T20I score, just when her country needed it, and she was the first England batter to hit a T20 ton.
Though she fell to Delissa Kimmince without adding to her century, England were able to seal a memorable four-wicket win, and Wyatt was named in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year just two weeks later.
After the match, which saw the Ashes drawn 8-8, Wyatt told Test Match Special: “I backed myself and swung hard and it paid off. I was quite lucky, but you have to make it count when someone drops you, and I made it count.”