An icon of Australian cricket, Belinda Clark was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011 following her tremendous record across all formats of international cricket and her continual service to cricket post retirement.
A prolific opening batter who amassed 919 test runs at an average of 45.9 and 4844 runs at 47.49 in One Day International (ODI) matches, she was appointed captain of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team in 1994 at the early age of 23 where she would go on to lead her team to an unprecedented two World Cup Final victories. To this day, Belinda remains the only person, male or female, to have scored a double century in a one day international game and concluded her career with the highest ODI win-rate of any Australian captain in history of over 80% (84/101).
Hailing from Newcastle NSW, Belinda was born on September 10 1970 and began playing cricket at her high school from the age of 13. She was touted early for her run-scoring ability through school and local competitions which lead to her first Australian call-up in 1991 at the age of 21, where she made her first test match hundred (104) on debut against India in Sydney.
Given the fewer playing opportunities granted to female cricketers during the 90’s, Belinda’s statistical record stands up as not only one of the great female players of all time but also in comparison with any male record.
Belinda’s international playing career spanned over 14 years (1991-2005) in which she accumulated a total of 5767 runs across all formats in just 140 innings, boasting an extremely healthy overall career average of 41.19.
Specific to test cricket; Belinda amassed six 50s and two 100s in just 15 matches with a high score of 136 against England. Her ODI statistics are even more impressive as she compiled thirty 50s and five 100s in just 118 matches with a high score of 229* against Denmark. Belinda is also the first female inducted to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the second female cricketer inducted to the ICC Hall of fame.
Widely considered a pioneer of the game, Belinda went above and beyond her responsibilities post retirement from international cricket. She was an instigator behind the development of the Women’s Ashes Series, oversaw the growth of the next generation of junior players through her role as manager of the BUPA National Cricket Centre, became the CEO of Women’s Cricket and continues to oversee the advancements made by the National women’s team, the Southern Stars.
Belinda Jane Clark has been a pillar of Australian cricket for over 20 years and continues to build on her outstanding legacy through mentoring, administration roles and tireless effort to build women’s cricket.
Honours and Awards
Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year 1998
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2000
Inducted into NSW Hall of Champions 2008
Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2011
Inducted to ICC Hall of Fame 2011
Inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2014
Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2018
NSW Women’s Player of the Year (Belinda Clark Medal)