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Wisden names three female World Cup winners in its five cricketers of 2017

• England’s Knight, Shrubsole and Sciver take the honours
• Essex’s Jamie Porter and Shai Hope of West Indies make up quintet

A hat-trick of World Cup winners sees women make up the majority of Wisden’s cricketers of the year for the first time in the award’s history, with Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Nat Sciver all named in the famous five for 2018.

Only twice before have female cricketers been among the list of leading players from the previous English summer – Claire Taylor broke new ground in 2009, Charlotte Edwards followed five years later – but that heady day last July, when Knight lifted the trophy at a packed Lord’s, has seen the floodgates open.

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