Lydia had a memorable 13-year career for England in which she played in 14 Tests, 126 ODIs and 85 T20Is.
She scored 362 Test runs at an average of 15.73, 2554 ODI runs at 30.04, including one hundred and 12 fifties, and 1192 T20 runs at a strike rate of 96.12. She was also rated by many as the best fielder in women’s cricket, known for pulling off spectacular catches in the deep.
Becoming a mainstay of England’s middle-order, she was part of two World Cup winning teams, four women’s Ashes-winning teams, playing a key role in securing the 2013 trophy with a match-winning 64-ball 80 in the second T20 at the Rose Bowl. Her last international half-century came in July 2015, when she hit 53 in the first ODI of the Ashes series.
She retired from international and club cricket in June 2016.
Always destined to be a pioneer, in 1995, at the age of 10, together with her sister Emma and some friends, Lydia started a ladies team at Hayes Cricket Club and in 2017 set up a ‘first of its kind’ company, ‘Cricket for Girls’.
At a time of massive growth in girls and women’s participation, Lydia’s initiative is offering high quality coaching across the country and within newly created high performance academies.
A very popular, impressive and multi-talented young lady, Lydia also commentates on cricket and has become an engaging key note speaker.