By Hollie Armitage

Some people who see Katherine Brunt steam in and bowl quick and aggressive for England and the other teams she plays for – Yorkshire, Northern Diamonds and Melbourne Stars – may be surprised that she has been nominated for the ICC’s Spirit of Cricket award for the past decade. But it doesn’t surprise me at all.

Brunty is an absolute star. On the field, she wears her heart on her sleeve and lets her emotions show, which I think are really good attributes to have and why a lot of teams are desperate to have her. She never lets her aggression get the better of her, though, and off the field she’s pretty damn soft.

She’s caring, is always up for a laugh, a joke and a prank and is great company off the field – someone you’d love to go for a beer with. She’s certainly not what you’d perhaps imagine when you watch her steam in and bowl. She’s almost exactly the opposite.

Everyone expresses their emotions differently on the field, and she’s one who does it outwardly.

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