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Taylor first woman to win Wisden honour

England's Claire Taylor has become the first woman to be named as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden, the sport's annual of record.

cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2009 14:14 IST

England's Claire Taylor has become the first woman to be named as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden, the sport's annual of record.

Taylor's award comes after her starring role in England's recent World Cup triumph and her success in helping the team to an Ashes series win in Australia last year.

The 33-year-old, who has played 109 one-day internationals, was selected as the player of the World Cup after scoring a hundred and two half-centuries in England's victorious campaign in Australia last month.

South Africa dominate the remainder of the 2009 Five Cricketers of the Year.

Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher and opening batsman Neil McKenzie are honoured for their roles in the Proteas' Test series win in England last year while their compatriot Dale Benkenstein is recognised for his role in captaining Durham to their first English County Championship title.

This year's list is completed by England fast bowler James Anderson.