Cathryn Fitzpatrick

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Cathryn Fitzpatrick
Personal information
Full nameCathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick
Born (1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 53)
Melbourne, Australia
BattingRight-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  121)2 February 1991 v  India
Last Test18 February 2006 v  India
ODI debut(cap  71)24 July 1993 v  West Indies
Last ODI4 February 2006 v  New Zealand
T20I debut(cap  5)2 September 2005 v  England
Last T20I18 October 2006 v  New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches131092
Runs scored152651
Batting average 16.8816.69
100s/50s0/10/0
Top score5343
Balls bowled3,6036,01748
Wickets 601800
Bowling average 19.1116.79
5 wickets in innings 240
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling5/295/14
Catches/stumpings 5/–25/–1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 May 2014

Cathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick (born 4 March 1968) is a former Australian cricketer. She was recognised as the world's fastest female bowler throughout her career and became the first woman to take 100 One Day International wickets. [1] In 2019, Fitzpatrick was inducted into both the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. [2] [3]

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Career summary

While juggling her full-time job as a waste collector and later a postwoman, Fitzpatrick represented Australia in cricket on 124 occasions. [4] She made her international debut in 1991 and went on to play 13 Test matches, taking 60 wickets (the second-most by an Australian woman, only behind Betty Wilson) at an average of 19.11. [5]

Fitzpatrick also played 109 One Day Internationals, taking 180 wickets (the most by any woman until surpassed by Jhulan Goswami in May 2017) at an average of 16.79. [6] [7] She was a member of the Australian team that won the Women's Cricket World Cup in 1997 and 2005. [8] [9]

On 25 February 2006, Fitzpatrick became the oldest woman to take a five-wicket haul in ODI history, at the age of 37 years and 358 days. [10] In March 2007, she announced her retirement from international cricket and also brought her domestic career with Victoria to an end after taking 148 wickets in 103 WNCL matches. [11]

From May 2012 to March 2015, Fitzpatrick served as head coach of the Australian women's team, overseeing three successful world championship campaigns. [12]

In 2019, Fitzpatrick was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. [13] Later that year, she was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. [14]

Bowling speed

Due to limitations of available technological resources in her playing tenure, Fitzpatrick's top and average speeds are estimates rather than precise figures. Thorough eye-witness testimony agrees she was the world's fastest female bowler during her prime years, [15] [16] [17] while sporadic measurements indicated her quickest delivery was at least 125 km/h. [18] [19] [20] This evaluation holds up both impressively and credibly compared to modern women's cricket which is characterised by its increased professional standards—as of 2019, the fastest current bowlers are South Africa's Shabnim Ismail and New Zealand's Lea Tahuhu, who have been officially recorded at speeds of 128 km/h and 126 km/h respectively. [21]

Honours

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