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Cricket Australia has congratulated Belinda Clark on becoming the first women’s cricketer honoured with a sculpture in the SCG precinct.
The sculpture was unveiled by The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and NSW Premier the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP during a ceremony on the morning of Day 2 of the SCG Test.
The sculpture is believed to be the first such honour afforded any women’s cricketer in the world.
Clark compiled a formidable record for Australia as a captain and batter, including:
- 919 Test runs at 45.95 including two centuries in 15 Tests;
- 4844 One Day International runs at 47.49 including the first double century in a Women’s ODI cricket;
- Australian captain for 12 years and in 101 games;
- Captain of Australia’s 1997 and 2005 World Cup winning teams;
- Member of the both the Australian and the ICC Cricket Halls of Fame.
- Clark has also had a profound impact on cricket in various administrative and volunteer roles in Australian Cricket and internationally.
She joins Fred Spofforth, Richie Benaud, Stan McCabe and Steve Waugh as cricketers honoured with sculptures in the SCG precinct.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley said:
“I am absolutely thrilled that Belinda Clark has been honoured with a sculpture in the SCG precinct and becomes the first female cricketer to receive this recognition.
“Belinda not only compiled a superb playing record for Australia as a batter and captain; she helped inspire the current generation of cricketers and, as an administrator, has had a profound impact on community cricket and the growth in participation.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, I would like to congratulate Belinda whose sculpture will stand very proudly alongside all the other sporting greats recognised in the SCG precinct.”
“I would also like to thank the SCG Heritage Trust and their generous benefactors who have, in consultation with CA’s Recognition of Women in Cricket working group, made this historic sculpture a reality.”