didn’t have female cricketers who looked like her as role models when she was growing up.
“Women’s cricket wasn’t really televised when I was a kid,” the 26-year-old Australia legspinner, who has been on a roll since her international debut
earlier this year, says. “So I watched a lot of men’s cricket … [and] the man who I saw was Andrew Symonds, who was a person of colour.”
A first-generation Australian of Anglo-Indian
descent, King has been on a tear since her first T20I, in January, taking the most wickets for her country in the three formats combined. Success with Australia in the Ashes and the ODI World Cup led to a maiden central contract
, a Hundred deal
with Trent Rockets, a trophy-winning campaign in the Women’s T20 Challenge
in India, and a place in the squad for this month’s tri-series in Ireland and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.