Just one day after it was revealed Australia’s world #1 ranked women’s cricket team would be unable to access the $70M of funding reserved for their male counterparts, wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has become the first woman to ever play in a men’s A-grade match – with one spectator saying he “couldn’t tell if it was a boy or a girl behind the stumps.”

Playing for Northern Districts in Adelaide, Taylor took to the field against today Port Adelaide. Despite their opposition racking up a cool 3/277, Taylor said she “was quite happy with the way I kept.”
 
“I did drop a catch, but I also caught one that wasn’t given.”

I’m completely overwhelmed by all the messages I have received over the last few days. Thank you! Regardless of the games outcome I am grateful for everyone’s support. Especially @coz99 and all the guys at Northern Jets for giving me this opportunity!! Roll on tomorrow 🙂 ??

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Taylor isn’t a newcomer to the game; before her A-grade career began, she had already played in eight tests, 73 Big Bash matches and almost a hundred one-day internationals


Before her A-grade debut, Taylor said “it shows that if you’re good enough, doors will open … I just want to build that respect that I’m not a girl, I’m just another player.”

It’s an interesting start in South Australia for the 26-year-old – it’s just too bad she can’t play for the Ashes-winning Aussies.

Catch a video of her in training for England below. 

Story via ABC. 
Image: Sibte Arif via Twitter.