Sarah Taylor is on top of the world – and she might even frame the tweet which helped confirm it.

Taylor, described as the world’s best wicketkeeper by Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday, scored 118 at Hove the following afternoon to set up an ODI win over South Africa.

It was a perfectly-timed innings, not just to impress her home crowd but also to square the three-match series.

England needed a big performance with the bat after defeat in the opener at New Road and Taylor, widely lauded for her keeping skills, helped Tammy Beaumont get them off on the right foot batting first.

The Sussex star told The Argus: “I love playing here. I’ve got fantastic memories of coming to Hove with hours and hours of training at the Sussex academy.

“To come back here wearing an England shirt is just about pure pride.

“I wanted to do well back here for Sussex after all they have given me over the years.

“I could probably count my actual matches here on my fingers so you kind of make the most of it when you get there. It’s nice to see all my family here and people I grew up with playing here.

“My brother never comes to cricket. He has been to two games and that’s the World Cup final and this one – and they have been all right!

“He is going to have keep on coming to games.”

England’s first game back home at world champions was a major letdown as they lost the first ODI to the Proteas women at Worcester.

But former Sussex coach Mark Robinson quickly got them back on track as they arrived at their overnight base at Brighton Marina and got their heads around the Hove date.

Taylor said: “You don’t become a bad team overnight.

“We just had to park that last game at Worcester and not reflect too hard on it.

“Sometimes you can have a hard day at the office.

“We prepared well and got an absolute belter here at Hove.

“We knew we did everything right we possibly could.

“I guess there is probably more expectation on us now as world champions but we are just trying to keep in our bubble and do everything like we always do. We don’t leave anything to chance.

“We have been working our butts off since winning that World Cup. It was a long winter really for a lot of the girls.

“To come back here and produce that performance in the first game was obviously gutting.”

It was as England regrouped that Gilchrist issued his tweet.

Wisden’s Twitter feed set the ball rolling with a clip of her stumping of Sune Luus off a legside wide on Saturday with the comment: “Yesterday @Sarah_Taylor30 effected possibly the greatest stumping of all time.”

Gilchrist’s reply was simply: “Best in the world.”

Taylor, from Seaford, told The Argus: “I was absolutely buzzing to the point where I drove home and showed my dad.

“I’ve screenshot it. I might even put it up and frame it! c “You don’t get that often. You’ve got to enjoy those moments.

“I’ve never met him and it was out of the blue. I couldn’t believe it.

“When my phone went off I thought it was a joke.

“But I’ll take that every day of the week!”