Since bursting onto the scene in 2006, Sarah Taylor’s stock has risen exponentially, becoming the youngest female cricketer to score 1,000 ODI runs and playing a vital role in an incredible 2009 for England Women that saw them win the World Cup, the World Twenty20 and retain the Ashes. Now it’s time for England’s keeper-batsman to face her toughest test yet: our gauntlet of 21 questions.
Describe yourself in one word.
Witty. According to Charlotte Edwards, anyway
Any words or phrases you overuse?
I’m a hoot. Or you’re a hoot. Anything to do with a hoot. I probably need to stop using that one
What is your most marked characteristic?
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Watching Piranha 3D at the cinema, it was awful. Those hours I can’t get back
What is your idea of happiness?
Laying on the beach at Oriental Bay in Wellington, New Zealand
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Missy Peregrym from Rookie Blue
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Charlotte Edwards, because she thinks she can sing. Or at least she tries to
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Probably a lobster
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Losing the World Twenty20 final in Sri Lanka
What’s your favourite joke?
Any joke from Laney [Mark Lane, England coach]. He certainly tells a lot
Most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t put petrol in a diesel car
What becomes of the broken hearted?
They become lawyers
What’s wrong with the world?
Steak McCoy’s are now 98p
In which era would you most like to have lived?
The Eighties: music, fashion, style, it had everything
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A cat – nine lives
What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
My recently born niece, Evie Mae
Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Iron Man. Mainly because I like Robert Downey Jnr
Most overrated virtue?
Patience. Especially when you’re driving
What if God was one of us?
He’d talk like Barry White, I reckon
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
The chicken, because I’m not a big fan of eggs