Belinda Clark

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Belinda Clark
Personal information
Born (1970-09-10) 10 September 1970 (age 43)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 119) 26 January 1991 v India women
Last Test 24 August 2005 v England women
ODI debut (cap 66) 17 January 1991 v New Zealand women
Last ODI 1 September 2005 v England women
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs WT20I WNCL
Matches 15 118 1 89
Runs scored 919 4844 4 4074
Batting average 45.95 47.49 4.00 53.60
100s/50s 2/6 5/30 0/0 7/35
Top score 136 229* 4 122*
Balls bowled 78 90 0 508
Wickets 1 3 - 11
Bowling average 28.00 17.00 21.81
5 wickets in innings 0 0 - 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a - 0
Best bowling 1/10 1/7 - 2/16
Catches/stumpings 4/- 45/- 1/– 56/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 June 2014

Belinda Jane Clark AM (born 10 September 1970) is a former female Australian cricketer, who played international cricket from 1991 to 2005. She was the first person to score a double century in a women's One Day International.[1] In 2011, she was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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."

Clark was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.[5]

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

As of 2014 Clark is manager of the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.[6] There she has overseen 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.[7]

Career highlights[edit]

  • World Cup wins in 1997 and 2005 in South Africa, and the final in 2000
  • Most Test runs by an Australian (919)
  • Highest individual ODI score of 229 not out against Denmark in Mumbai in 1997 Women's Cricket World Cup[8]
  • First double centurion (of either gender) in a One Day International among all men and women cricket formats.
  • Most runs by an Australian in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup (1,151).
  • Australian record for Test runs (919) and ODI runs (4,844)
  • Australian record for most appearances as captain of Australia (101).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenny Roesler and Nishi Narayanan (26 March 2009). "The mothers of invention". ESPN Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Spofforth inducted into ICC Hall of Fame cricinfo 12 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011
  3. ^ "CricketArchive - Belinda Clark". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Player profile: Belinda Clark". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Belinda Clark AM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Farrell, Melinda (19 January 2014). "Hall of Fame: Belinda Clark". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Brettig, Daniel (April 9, 2014). "Southern Stars peak at right time". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Most runs in an innings". Cricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 

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