Megan Schutt’s remarkable journey from a club cricketer to an international star is often described as meteoric. Her cricket career began when she made her domestic debut for the SA Scorpions during the 2009-10 Women’s National Cricket League season. It didn’t take long for her to catch the attention of national selectors, thanks to her consistent performances for Australia A Women.
Schutt’s international debut for Australia came during the Rose Bowl Series against New Zealand in late 2012. Despite being relatively new to the international scene, she made an immediate impact. Her ability to dismiss international superstars such as Charlotte Edwards, Sarah Taylor, Amy Satterthwaite, and Sophie Devine demonstrated her talent. In the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in India the following year, she took two crucial wickets, ending the tournament as the leading wicket-taker and earning a well-deserved place in the Team of the Tour.
Schutt played a crucial role in Australia’s victory in the 2015 Ashes against England, contributing to their series win on English soil for the first time since 2001. Her importance to the team continued in 2018 when she was a key part of the Australian Women’s cricket team that won their fourth ICC World T20 championship. She was even named one of the players to watch before the tournament.
Schutt’s dominance in 2018 extended further when she achieved an extraordinary feat by claiming a hat-trick in a WT20I game against India, later repeating the feat in a WODI against West Indies the following year. She became the first woman in international cricket to achieve two hat-tricks, solidifying her status as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the game. Her list of accolades continued to grow, including key roles in the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cup victories, and her participation in the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. She also became just the second player to take 100 T20I wickets for Australia.
In the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), she is a prominent figure for the Adelaide Strikers, showcasing her exceptional skills and contributing to the growth of women’s cricket.