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Gardner tops 2023 calendar year international dismissals table

Andrew Mathieson -

Indigenous star Ashleigh Gardner has taken out yet another international cricketing honour, adding to the 26-year-old's ongoing list of accolades.

The Australian allrounder claimed the most wickets in women's international cricket throughout the 2023 calendar year.

Gardner finished the year with 58 dismissals from 29 appearances across all three international formats.

That aggregate tally was just two wickets more than English left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, however Gardner achieved the feat in 10 less matches than her arch rival.

The proud Muruwari woman was assured of topping the leading wicket-takers list on the fourth-last day of the year at the famous Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The off-spinner, who trailed Ecclestone by one scalp, took 2-63 in the opening one-day international against India to edge one in front.

Another wicket in the second rubber of the three-match series on Saturday also handed the tourists an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Gardner has taken eight wickets at 28.37 on the tour so far following a five-wicket Test match haul that included 4-100 in the first innings despite India's historic seven-wicket victory over Australia.

The Sydneysider had a breakthrough 12 months in the 50-over game since debuting back in March of 2017 in what was her best-ever calendar year.

She collected 24 victims across her 13 one-day internationals of 2023 at a remarkable average of 16.37.

It was the first time in a year Gardner has taken more than 20 wickets in one-dayers, whilst also excelling in the game's two other formats.

The right-armer played just the two Tests, but grabbed an extraordinary 17 wickets at 16.64 between the matches, held almost exactly six months apart.

She claimed a career best 8-64 in England for unprecedented match figures of 12-165.

Gardner also amassed 17 wickets in 14 T20 internationals at 19.70 that also included a best 5-12, in a year that she earned $558,000 in last year's inaugural Indian WPL T20 auction.

Indian legspinner Poonam Yadav picked up 55 wickets over 37 matches last year, the third most wickets ahead of Indian teammate Deepti Sharma (51 wickets) and South African Sune Luus (50).

But Yadav has not appeared against Australia to bowl a single ball in the multi-series of Test matches and one-day internationals before New Years.

Sharma, an off-break bowler, picked up eight combined wickets in the one-off Test and two one-dayers, including 5-40 in a three-run loss during the second one-day international.

Australia plays its three T20s in India to finish the tour through to January 10 before returning home.

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