Belinda Clark

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Belinda Clark
AO
Personal information
Full nameBelinda Jane Clark
Born (1970-09-10) 10 September 1970 (age 50)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
BattingRight-handed
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  119)26 January 1991 v  India
Last Test24 August 2005 v  England
ODI debut(cap  66)17 January 1991 v  New Zealand
Last ODI1 September 2005 v  England
Only T20I(cap  3)2 September 2005 v  England
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches151181
Runs scored91948444
Batting average 45.9547.494.00
100s/50s2/65/300/0
Top score136229* 4
Balls bowled78900
Wickets 13
Bowling average 28.0017.00
5 wickets in innings 00
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling1/101/7
Catches/stumpings 4/-45/-1/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 15 June 2014

Belinda Jane Clark AO (born 10 September 1970) is an Australian former international cricketer, who played international cricket for the Australian women's national team from 1991 to 2005. She is regarded as one of the greatest female cricketers ever. [1]

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She was the first ever batswoman to score a double century in a women's One Day International when she scored 229* against Denmark women's team in 1997 World Cup, until recently as the record was broken on 13 June 2018 by Amelia Kerr of New Zealand who scored 232* against Ireland. [2] [3] She was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2011. [4]

Clark captained the Australian women's cricket team from 1994 to her retirement in 2005. In 1998 Clark was named Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year., and has captained the Australian women's Test side since 1994. She was also chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia. Clark played one Women's Twenty20 International and 89 Women's National Cricket League matches. [5]

On 16 September 2005, Clark announced her retirement after playing in 118 one-day internationals and 15 Tests. She holds Australia's record for Test and ODI runs and also for ODI appearances. [6]

After her retirement, Clark took on a new role as manager of the Australian Cricket Academy in Brisbane.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list in January 2000, "for service to cricket, particularly through the Australian Women's Cricket Team, and to the promotion and development of the game for women and girls." In 2018 Clark was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to cricket as a player, captain and administrator, through support for national and international professional councils, and as a role model for young sportswomen". [7]

Clark was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011. [8]

Clark became the first female player inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame during the 2014 Allan Border Medal ceremony.

Clark was manager of the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. [9] There she oversaw not only the development of the Southern Stars but an increasing level of interaction, communication and shared training among male and female cricketers at the top level. [10] As of 2018, Clark is now the Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development at Cricket Australia.

In 2018, Clark was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to cricket as a player, captain and administrator, through support for national and international professional councils, and as a role model for young sportswomen". [11] In October 2019 she was named winner of the Arts, Culture and Sport category in The Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence awards. [12]

Career highlights

International Women's Centuries

Women's Test Centuries

Belinda Clark's Test centuries
#RunsMatchOpponentsCity/CountryVenueYear
11041 Flag of India.svg India Sydney, Australia North Sydney Oval 1991 [20]
21369 Flag of England.svg England Worcester, England New Road 1998 [21]

Women's One Day International Centuries

Belinda Clark's One Day International centuries
#RunsMatchOpponentsCity/CountryVenueYear
110427 Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Melbourne, Australia Wesley Cricket Ground [22] 1997 [23]
213629 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1997 [24]
3229*38 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Mumbai, India Middle Income Group Ground 1997 [25]
4146*59 Flag of England.svg England Newcastle, Australia No 1 Sports Ground [26] 2000 [27]
512092 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2004 [28]

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