Sarah Taylor has added another superb stumping to her highlights reel, with some lightning-fast work with the gloves during England’s opening one-day international against South Africa in Worcester.
Taylor, keeping up to England spearhead Anya Shrubsole, seamlessly collected a delivery going down the leg side and whipped off the bails to leave Proteas first drop Sune Luus stranded outside her crease.
Television footage revealed the Shrubsole delivery was travelling at around 110km/hr, with Taylor’s reaction time estimated to be 0.6 seconds.
The wicket wasn’t enough to stop England falling to a seven-wicket defeat, but was enough to draw praise from Australia legend Adam Gilchrist, who declared the Englishwoman the “best wicketkeeper in the game”.
His thoughts were echoed by Australia great Lisa Sthalekar, who took to Twitter to declare it “another example of the reasons why Sarah Taylor is the best keeper in the world!”
It’s not the first time Taylor has earned such praise, with the 29-year-old star - who has represented England in 207 matches across all three formats since making her debut in 2006 - widely regarded as one of the best wicketkeepers in the world, male or female.
During last summer’s Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes in Australia, Taylor completed four stumpings, including an outstanding effort from the bowling of quick Katherine Brunt to remove Australia big-hitter Elyse Villani.
She stumped star allrounder Ellyse Perry twice in as many matches during the ODI portion of the multi-format series, while also thrilled the crowd at the day-night Test at North Sydney Oval with a sharp caught behind, again standing up to the stumps to Shrubsole.
Last year, Taylor made headlines with a sublime leg-side stumping in the World Cup semi-final in Bristol, her speedy work off a wide Natalie Sciver delivery simply too quick for South Africa’s Truisha Chetty.
Saturday’s match was Taylor’s first international game since the Ashes ended in November, having been rested for England’s tour of India in March and April.
In a shock upset, South Africa claimed a seven-wicket win against the reigning ODI World Cup winners, claiming their first win against England on UK soil since 2003.
Batting first in Worcester, England slumped to 8-97, with a fighting 72no from Brunt adding crucial runs to help the hosts reach 9-189.
South Africa wobbled early to be 2-5, but recovered thanks to Lizelle Lee (92no) and captain Dane van Niekerk (58) to take a 1-0 series lead.
The teams will be back in action in Hove on Tuesday with England needing a win to keep the three-game series alive.