Cricket 2024: Megan Schutt to play 200th international game against South Africa

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Megan Schutt thinks cricket is a “stupid game” littered with as much failure as success and one she never thought she’d play for Australia once, let alone 200 times.

As she prepared for the milestone, which she’ll reach against South Africa on Saturday, fittingly at her home ground the Adelaide Oval, the 31-year-old wicket taking machine said her love of the game has been the driving force behind her constant will to win.

And 12 years after her international debut, as Schutt becomes just the sixth women’s cricketer to reach 200 internationals in all formats, it’s the love which continues to make her a force to be reckoned with when she dons the green and gold.

“It makes you feel a bit old, to be honest,” Schutt said ahead of the first of three ODIs against South Africa.

“Game one, I didn’t even expect to play that in my lifetime.

“So to get to 200 is pretty darn cool and having it at Adelaide Oval is fate in itself and extremely special.

“I love the game. It’s a stupid game and there’s so much more failure than success but I just love it.

“I love the people that are involved in it, and it’s a game that keeps evolving as well.

“I keep striving to be better. Being a fast bowler in a batter’s game is quite tough but I kind of like the challenge.

“The most rewarding part is being a bowler and having played that much cricket, there’s not many players around that have played as much cricket as I have.

“I guess not being an express pace bowler helps me, but (reaching 200 games) as a bowler is probably a special achievement.”

Schutt has taken 260 wickets in her 87 ODIs, 108 Twenty20 Internationals and four Test matches and singled out the 2020 World Cup T20 triumph at the MCG as her career highlight among many.

“I mean, 86,000 people at the MCG; I was super-sceptical that we were going to get 20,000,” she said.

“That was a real life-changing moment for me and something I’ll always remember.

“If I had to bank one moment in my life, it’s probably that.”

Being 200 games in, having put her body through countless overs during games, and even more in the nets, Schutt conceded it was “a bit harder to get out of bed in the morning”.

But amid an ever-evolving national team, she said there was nothing going to keep her from turning up again and again, as long as the team would have her.

“Admittedly it’s a bit harder to get out of bed in the mornings,” she said, with Australia leading the multi-format series after they won two of three T20s.

“But I’ll keep pushing hard in the gym, doing what I can, and if I keep getting a contract, I will keep playing.”