The daughter of former professional footballer and FA Cup winner David, Cross won the Eversheds most promising young cricketer award in 2007 having broken into the England Development side aged 15.
She began playing cricket at the age of eight, learning the game at Heywood Cricket Club - where former England Team Director Andy Flower was a pro in 1989 - and broke into the Lancashire Women Under-13s team when she was only 10 before making her debut for senior side at 13.
In October 2006 Cross was the first female to be accepted into the Lancashire academy. The following August she represented her country as part of the England Development Under-21s squad at the European Championship in the Netherlands.
Having impressed for England Women’s Academy in 2010, the pace bowler was called up to England Women’s tour of Australia in January 2011 following injuries to Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan.
But she had to wait until 2013 to make her senior international bow. She was selected for the tour of the West Indies and grasped her opportunity, taking 4-51 in the second one-day international as England recorded a 2-0 series victory.
Cross made her Test debut in Australia during the 2014 Ashes series, returning impressive match figures of 6-70.
Her fine form continued that summer for England as she claimed another six scalps in the Test against India before playing an important role with the bat to help Charlotte Edwards to a record-breaking century in the subsequent one-day series.