ICC news September 12, 2011

Clark second woman to enter Hall of Fame

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Australia Women's captain Belinda Clark has become only the second woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Joining Clark in the Hall of Fame were former Australia allrounder Alan Davidson, former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose and the late Australia fast bowler Frederick Spofforth.

Clark holds the record for the most matches as captain in the women's game, and led Australia to victory in the 2005 World Cup. Australia lost only 17 of the 101 games under her leadership. She averaged 45.95 in 15 Tests with a top score of 136. Her ODI figures were better, an average of 47.49 in 118 games. The highlight of her batting career was the unbeaten 229 against Denmark in Mumbai in 1997, which made her the first player, male or female, to score a double-century in one-dayers. Since her retirement in 2005, nobody has beaten her record of 4844 ODI runs in the women's game.

"It is a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and it has been an amazing five years for women's cricket globally," Clark said of her induction. "Recognition of female players in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a great initiative and I am proud to join Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, to become the second female inductee, on a long list of outstanding cricketers.

"It means a lot to be recognised by the international organization and I am very proud to be included."

Davidson, Ambrose and Clark will be inducted during the ICC awards in London, while Spofforth will be inducted later next year in a ceremony involving the former fast bowler's family.

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  • Tim on September 15, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    @Vinod, I don't know much about Ranjitsinhji, but as for Prasanna and Chandrasekhar, they average around 30 when almost all other bowlers in that list average closer to 20. As for Gooch and Boycott, I was never fans of them but their shear weight of runs opening the batting in periods of fast bowling dominance must count for something. India need to accept that they weren't a real cricketing power until the 80s, whereas Australia and England were powers in for over 100 years, yes it is because they invented the game but that shouldn't take away from past greats like Spofforth. And don't worry, Sachin, Kumble, Dravid and probably Laxman and Sehwag will get there one day too.

  • Vinod on September 14, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @jkaussie and @Dashgar I totally get it! Graham Gooch and Geoff Boycott are greater players than Ranjitsinhji, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar et al.. And of course, borrowing a list from a player's union of which the subcontinent is not a part of is the best way to get a fair, neutral list of past greats. Allowing the President(Jimmy Adams) and CEO(Tim May) a continued say in the process will only enhance the credibility of the list still further. Conflict of Interest and stuff are only applicable where the BCCI is concerned.. Never with the FICA, perish the thought!

  • Tim on September 14, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    15 players have made 1000 runs and taken 100 wickets and maintained a higher batting average than bowling average. Any guess as to who had the best bowling average of these players? Yep it was Davidson. Absolute champion, deserves every bit of this award.

  • Tim on September 14, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    @Vinod, go look at the list and think really carefully, do any Indians who have retired more than 10 years ago really deserve to be on that list apart from Bedi, Kapil Dev and Gavaskar. Maybe, but not many, and they would be more contentious than Ambrose, Davidson and Spoforth (we'll leave Clarke out of this discussion, women deserve their dues but can't really be compared). The fact is that Australia, England and West Indies have produced the greatest stars of the game in past eras and the Hall of Fame reflects that. 7 of the 68 are from the subcontinent, that number will rise in the coming years when some of the current great subcontinent players retire, and more players from the 90s are recognised. Remember only 2 of the great Aussie era of the 90s and 00s are yet recognised, Waugh and Border.

  • Jon on September 13, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    @T_Vinod_Kumar, there are 3 indian players in the Hall of Fame and 1 Kiwi. Also if you have a look at all the entrants they are no longer playing, so with the majority of cricket being played between Eng and Aust in the early days, it stands to reason that they are more heavily represented. It is only a matter of time before the numbers show a greater representation from India - players like Anil Kumble stand out, and when Sachin, Dravid and VVS retire, they too will be recognised for ther great records. Please don't turn everything that isn't India dominated into an hysterical claim of bias.

  • Vinod on September 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    This whole "Hall of Fame" is a sham. Till 2009 it was FICA that administered the Hall of Fame. Needless to say, the 55 members they had inducted till then did not have representation from the subcontinent. When ICC took over the management of the Hall of Fame, they retained the 55 already chosen by FICA. New inductees are decided among others by the living Hall of Famers as well as FICA CEO Tim May. Naturally the heavy bias to England and Australia continues. Today there are more New Zealanders than Indians in this "Hall of Fame". HALL OF SHAME would describe it better, unfortunately.

  • Debbie on September 13, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Congratulations Billy!!! Well deserved, even though you are an Aussie!!! My first ever test wicket was the second female cricketer to be named in the Hall of Fame, what an achievement!!!! You did have a few good players in your team going back all the way to 92 and then carried on producing them for a good few years after!!! Well deserved anyway, especially as you are still involved in the game, fair play!!!

    ....and I reckon the next female in there will be one that I captained and played alongside for TV/Berkshire for15 years...Tails!!!! You will be next no doubt!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, lolz, I'm sorry to say that is quite an ignorant comment indeed. Claire Taylor is a legend of womens cricket, but until 2005 Belinda Clark was effectively the bradman of women's cricket. Of course she didn't have the 99.94 average but she haed pretty much every iother record. She has the most riuns, she's wn 2 world cups for Australia, she has the first ever ODI double hundred, male or female and currently the highest ODI score male or female. She was an amazing test cricketer, who I believe led Australia to the Ashes (not sure bout that fact tho will need to double check that.) Along with Lisa keightley she formed one of the best ODi opening partnerships the womens game has ever seen. She was the best of tthe Australian womens dream team of the late 90s and early 2000s whcih included Zoe Goss (amazing all rounder), Cathryn Fitzpatrick (fastest and best ever ODI bowler), Julie Price (great keeper), Karen Rolton (prolific run getter) and a younger Lisa staelkar.

  • Lakmal on September 12, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    congrats mrs.Beliinda! . The first ever player to get an ODI double ton.

  • Mark on September 12, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Great to see Clarky get into the HOF. Thoroughly deserved

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