Heather Knight is an English cricketer who became the captain of the England women’s cricket team in 2016. She is a Middle-order Batter. She became the first woman, and also the first England player, to score an international century in all three formats of the game, slamming a 66-ball 108 against Thailand in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list. In 2023, she was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
Heather Clare Knight was born on Wednesday, 26 December 1990 (age 32 years; as of 2022) in Rochdale, England.
When she was young, her family moved to Plymouth, England, where grew up playing cricket with her brother. In an interview, while talking about her childhood, she said,
My brother and I played in the back garden, and we both joined the local cricket club, Plymstock CC. I spent most of my childhood there playing in the boys’ and men’s teams, but didn’t really view cricket as a potential career path until I’d spent four years playing for England and professional contracts came in.”
She attended Plymstock School. She joined Plymstock Cricket Club at 8 and went on to play for its men’s 1st XI. She was offered a place at the University of Cambridge to study natural sciences, but she turned it down so that she would have the time to play cricket. She pursued a B.Sc in Physiology at Cardiff University (2012). Cardiff University Development & Alumni Relations – YouTube
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Light Grey
Parents & Siblings
Heather Knight’s name is father Mike Knight, and her mother’s name is Becky Knight. She has an elder brother, Steve Knight
Husband & Children
She is unmarried.
Heather Knight got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Tim Bromfield, an accountant, in 2018.
Knight’s cricketing journey began with Plymstock Cricket Club’s under-9 side, where she was the only girl to play for its men’s 1st XI. She played Devon league cricket with the men for Plymstock.
In the Super Fours, a women’s limited-overs cricket competition in England, she played for the Diamonds, Sapphires and Emeralds. At 18, she became a part of the England Academy Women team. Knight became the captain of the Western Storm team for the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League (also called Kia Super League (KSL)) in 2016. She captained the team in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Her captainship led Western Storm to win the title in 2017 and 2019. She continued to play for Western Storm in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020.
Knight played domestic cricket in Australia, competing in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL). She has played for Tasmanian Tigers in WNCL and Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes in WBBL.
On 1 March 2010, she made her ODI debut against India at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, scoring 49 runs on her international debut. She was called into the England squad on their tour of India as a replacement for Sarah Taylor following her injury. In the same year, she was named to England’s squad for a tour of Sri Lanka. On 22 November 2010, she made her T20I debut in the 2nd match of the series against Sri Lanka at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo. On 22 January 2011, she made her Test debut against Australia at Bankstown Oval, Sydney. On 5 June 2016, Knight succeeded Charlotte Edwards as the captain of the England women’s cricket team. On 21 June 2016, in a match against Pakistan, she became the first female cricketer in the history of cricket to score a 50 and take a five-wicket haul in an ODI inning. Her captainship during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup led England to win the tournament, defeating India by 9 runs at Lord’s. During the second group match against Pakistan, Knight, along with Natalie Sciver, recorded the 3rd highest partnerships by wicket in the history of the Women’s Cricket World Cup with a total of 213. England defeated Pakistan by 107 runs in the match.
She captained England during the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in which her team lost to Australia by 8 wickets. On 12 December 2019, during England’s series against Pakistan in Malaysia, Knight became the tenth woman for England to play in 100 WODI matches. Heather Knight scored her 1,000th run in WT20I during the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup during a match against Thailand on 26 February 2020. In the match, she scored her first century in WT20Is, becoming the first cricketer to score a century in all three formats of women’s international cricket. Knight and Nat Sciver’s 169-run partnership was the highest for England for any wicket in WT20Is, and Knight won the title of Player of the Match.
On 3 July 2021, in the home series against India, Knight scored her 3,000th run and took her 50th wicket in WODI cricket. Knight was the captain of England’s squad for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in which Australia beat England by 71 runs in the final. In July 2022, she was named the captain of England’s team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
In 2021, she was bought by the franchise team London Spirit for the inaugural season of The Hundred. In April 2022, she was again bought by the London Spirit for the 2022 season of The Hundred.
Women’s Premier League (WPL)
In 2023, Knight was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the price of 40 Lakhs for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Named Women’s Player of the Summer at the PCA Awards, London on 1 October 2014
- Order of the British Empire (OBE) (2018)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2018
- Received Honorary Fellowships from Cardiff University (2018)
- Cricketer(s): Marcus Trescothick, Michael Atherton
- Cuisine(s): Japanese, Vietnamese
- Food: Chicken Nuggets, Sourdough pizza, Chocolate oat milk
- Her nickname is Trev. While explaining how she got that nickname in a 2015 interview, she said,
When I was about 13 and introduced myself at cricket camp, they thought I said Trevor rather than Heather!”
- She is a right-handed batter and right-arm-off spin bowler.
- He was the first female cricketer to be nominated for the Herald Sports Personality of the Year.
- Her jersey number for England is #5.
- She enjoys consuming alcoholic beverages occasionally.