Annabel Sutherland is an Australian cricketer who plays for the Victoria Women’s cricket team in the Women’s National Cricket League and the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League. Her batting style is right-hand Bat and her bowling style is right-arm medium fast.
Annabel Sutherland was born on Friday, 12 October 2001 (age 21 years; as of 2022) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She pursued a science degree from 2014 to 2019 at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew Vic, Australia. When she was a child, she used to play cricket with her brother in their backyard and at the Malvern Cricket Club, she was the only girl to play cricket. Later, her mother set up a cricket team for girls in the club. Before playing cricket, she used to play Australian Rules football. In an interview, her father talked about her and said,
A lot’s changed in girls’ and women’s sport, but there was a period still for her during her primary school years where the only way she could play was to play with boys. One of the things I reflect on, is that she was brave to play in that environment and that she must have really loved her sport, whether it was cricket or footy, because she was the one girl in a boys team. Sometimes there were two girls, but mostly it was all boys. And that can be quite intimidating … I always felt that’s brave, or that she just really loved the sport, to want to do it week-in, week-out, year after year.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Annabel’s father’s name is James Sutherland, who works as a cricket administrator. Her mother’s name is Heidi. She has two brothers, Will Sutherland, who is a cricketer, and Tom Sutherland.
She made her debut at the age of 15 for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big bash and became the youngest player to feature in the tournament. She used to play in the Australian under-15 and under-19 cricket teams. In 2015, she was the Player of the Championships in the Under 15 National Champs. In 2018, she score 340 runs at an average of 48.6 in an Under-18 National championship becoming the Player of the Championships.
In April 2019, she signed a contract with Cricket Australia to be included in the National Performance Squad before the 2019–20 season. In April 2022 she was picked by the Welsh Fire for the 2022 season of The Hundred in England.
In January 2020, she was selected to become part of Australia’s squad for the 2020 Australia women’s Tri-Nation Series and the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. In February 2020, she made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debut for Australia in the tri-series against England. In April 2020, before the 2020–21 season, she signed a central contract with Cricket Australia. On 3 October 2020, she made her Women’s One Day International (WODI) for Australia against New Zealand. In August 2021, she played a series against India including a one-off day/night Test match as a part of Australia’s squad. On 30 September 2021, she made her test debut for Australia against India. In January 2022, she was picked for the Women’s Ashes series and became part of Australia’s squad for the series against England. In January 2022, she was picked for the Australian squad for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. In 2022, she played the WBBL against Melbourne Renegades and scored 62 runs off 29 balls and took 3 wickets for 37 runs. In May 2022, she became part of the Australian team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
World Premier League
In February 2023, she was bought by Gujarat Giants for Rs. 70 lakhs for the inaugural season of WPL.
- 2016/17: Melbourne Renegades (squad no. 3)
- 2017/18–present: Victoria (squad no. 3)
- 2017/18–present: Melbourne Stars (squad no. 3)
- 2022–present: Welsh Fire
- 2023–present: Gujarat Giants
- She is referred to by the name Belsy by her friends and family members.
- In an interview, she revealed that in 2020, she bowled to Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the Bushfire Cricket Bash which became a very memorable moment for her.
- In September 2022, for Victoria Women’s team, she made a 209-run partnership with Ellyse Perry for the third wicket after which the team registered 2/264 from 50 overs.
- In 2015, she the Taj Mahal on a World Twenty20 tour to India.
- In 2017, she went through shoulder surgery.
- She was born in a family where her parents and siblings were sportspersons. In an interview, when she was asked if she had the pressure of choosing sports as her career because of them, she said it was not true and her parents were always supportive of whatever she did. However, she was always interested in sports and would often ask her father to practice with her.
- In 2020, she did not participate in the New Zealand tour because of an injury, but after she recovered, she was picked for the Australia women’s Tri-Nation Series 2020.
- In 2020, it was recorded that she bowls at 115 km/h and is among the pool of Australia’s fast bowlers.