New Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductees
Jan 19, 2014
Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh and former women’s captain Belinda Clark have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF).
ACHoF chairman Mr David Crow today announced that Waugh and Clark were the selection committee’s choice for induction this year.
“This is a special year as we induct our first female, Belinda Clark, into the hall of fame,” Mr Crow said.
“Women’s cricket continues to emerge as a very important part of Australian cricket and the time is right for us to recognise the wonderful feats of some of our women on the international stage. Belinda’s performances have been outstanding and she is clearly the most dominant Australian women cricketer of the modern era.”
Mark Waugh now joins his brother Steve Waugh in the hall of fame, making them the second set of brothers to do so, behind Ian and Greg Chappell.
“Mark Waugh’s career provided us with many brilliant moments, which millions of spectators have had the honour to witness,” said Mr Crow.
“Whether batting, bowling or fielding, playing Tests or ODIs, he was a joy to watch.“
An outstanding batsmen and brilliant fieldsman, Waugh becomes the 38th man inducted into the hall of fame.
In a 12-year international career, Waugh played a significant role in Australia’s rise to the top of world cricket, including the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup and a run of 16 successive Test victories between October 1999 and February 2001.
Waugh is one of six Australian men to score more than 8000 Test runs while his 20 Test centuries is the 11th highest by an Australian.
In ODIs he formed a lethal opening partnership with Adam Gilchrist and in 96 matches opening the innings together, the pair scored 3959 runs with eight century partnerships and a high of 206 against the West Indies at the Gabba in January 2001.
Waugh’s 18 ODI centuries are second all-time for an Australian and ninth all-time.
Belinda Clark is the first woman inducted into the ACHoF after a peerless international career.
For 14 years she dominated women’s cricket and led Australia to an unmatched era of dominance including the 1997 and 2005 ICC Women’s World Cups.
A prolific run scorer, her individual performances stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in world cricket, highlighted by an unbeaten 229 against Denmark in the 1997 World Cup, a performance that still ranks as the highest ODI individual score by a man or woman.
Her 4844 ODI runs are the most by an Australian woman and second all-time, while she’s one of only four women to have averaged more than 45 with the bat in both Tests and ODIs.
Clark embodied Australian women’s cricket during a period of significant change for the women’s game, leading the team to an incredible 83 wins from 101 matches.
In 2011, she became the second woman inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
About the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame was first proposed by the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) in 1995 and officially opened in 1996.
It is now located inside the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
With the support of Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria, 10 players were inducted at its official opening in 1996 and a further 29 have been welcomed since. View the full list of inductees
The selection panel comprises MCC Cricket chairman David Crow, former Test captains Bill Lawry, Mark Taylor and Richie Benaud, Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Paul Marsh, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and media representatives Malcolm Conn and Gideon Haigh.