Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Betty Wilson

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian cricket is mourning the death of Betty Wilson, the country's greatest women's player, aged 88.

Wilson was a household name in post-war Australia and her remarkable on-field deeds matched those of her male contemporaries Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall and Lindsay Hassett.

In 11 Test matches spanning a decade she averaged 57.46 as a batter, with three centuries, and took 68 wickets with her offbreaks, at an average of 11.80.

Wilson, dubbed "the female Bradman", had an immediate impact in her international career, as she made 90 and took 10 wickets for the game in her debut, against New Zealand in 1948.

A decade later she became the first Test cricketer - male or female - to make a century and claim 10 wickets in the game, against England.

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