The bowling spearhead of the Australian women's cricket team, Megan Schutt's dynamic and talented on-field ability is matched only her an unapologetic, bold and enthusiastic nature off it.
Hailing from Hackham West in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, Megan attended Wirreanda High School, with her love of cricket growing from playing the game in the backyard.
As a 12-year-old, Megan debuted in the Sturt District Cricket Club’s A Grade side alongside former Australian great Shelley Nitschke.
In 2009, Megan made her debut for South Australia in the WNCL and by 2012, as a 19-year-old, she made her debut for Australia in ODI cricket.
From club cricket to the world stage, Megan’s rise to the top of the sport quickly followed.
In 2013, Megan made her mark on the international scene, taking a wicket in every match of Australia’s successful Women’s Cricket World Cup campaign, and ending the series as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker.
Later in 2013, Megan made her Test debut for Australia and quickly became a crucial part of Australia’s attack helping Australia win the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001.
A right-arm medium-fast bowler, Megan’s ability to produce lethal in-swingers saw her cement herself as a crucial part of the Australian line-up in all forms of the game. In 2017, Megan was selected within the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
Megan was also the first female bowler to take two hat-tricks in international cricket with a T20I hat-trick against India in 2018 and an ODI hat-trick during Australia’s tour of the West Indies in 2019.
In June 2018, Megan was named as the captain of the South Australian Scorpions and plays a starring role for the Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL competition.
A highlight of Schutt’s career came when Australia won the 2020 Women’s Cricket T20 World Cup in Australia in front of more than 85,000 people at the MCG. A star for the Aussies throughout the tournament, Megan was the tournament’s leading wicket-taker.
Her decade of consistent performances was rewarded in late 2020 when Megan was named in the ICC’s Women’s T20I Team of the Decade.
A strong advocate for equality for all people, Megan is a passionate supporter of same-sex marriage in Australia and married her long-term partner Jess in 2019.
Cheeky, brash and fluent in sarcasm, she loves spending time with her dogs, watching her beloved Adelaide Crows in the AFL and says chocolate is the way to her heart.
Megan is an ambassador for the Adelaide Football Club, Movember Australia and Sanitarium.
For me, there are always areas you can improve as a bowler, you’re never really as good as you can be.
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