Australian former international cricketer & Sports administrator – Belinda Jane Clark

Belinda Jane Clark:

Belinda Jane Clark was born in New castle Australia with three siblings. Her father Allan is a teacher and then the cricketer at Inter-School and her mother Margaret is the State Tennis Champion. Before joining the great cricket, they dreamed of winning Wimbledon.  He started playing cricket at the age of just 13 at the great New Castle High School. The right-hand batter of Australian women’s cricket and sports administrator has succeeded a lot in domestic cricket for the New South Wales team with five championship wins and Victoria with two championship wins. The second Australian to have a long 14-year cricket career.

Australian former international cricketer & Sports administrator - Belinda Jane Clark
Australian former international cricketer & Sports administrator – Belinda Jane Clark

ODI (One Day International)& T20:

17 January 1991 debuted against New Zealand as an opening batswoman scoring 36 runs in the match. When the team fought for the fantastic World Cup victory, Belinda was named as an amazing opportunity of the team captain, in the year 1997 with the great performance by Clark and the team  Australia went to win the world cup for the first time during the world cup match against Denmark Clark made a first-ever double century in history smashing 229 runs in 155 balls team went to score 412 run points, but Denmark lost just 49 points in the same year where they recorded 970 runs (points) which are still unbeaten.

In 1998 She was awarded Wisden Cricketer of the year 1998 in the same year the team recorded victories in ODI (One Day International)  then 16 victories in  1999, but in the 2000 World Cup, Australia lost the match in the final.

In the 2003 world series of women, Clark made three fifties and helped her team to lift the trophy and the 2005 world cup semifinals’ brilliant half-century helped Australia enter into the finals and bring the trophy to home the second world cup victory under her captaincy. She has tremendous records in the World cup as a player scoring 1151 runs as a captain with 21 wins in 23 matches at 95.45% win percentage, 101 ODI matches as captain with 83% win percentage captaining the team till his retirement. In 118 Score Sets, 4844 works on average  47.49 best of 229* played only the T20 match and scored 4 runs. She completed her ODI career at an average of 47.49.

Australian former international cricketer & Sports administrator - Belinda Jane Clark
Australian former international cricketer & Sports administrator – Belinda Jane Clark

Test

Within 9 days after making her ODI debut, she was called to the test team to play against India in Sydney. In the year 1998, she scored her hundred against England and picked a wicket the three-match series ended in a draw in 2002, and the 2003 Ashes series won under her captaincy but in 2005 Ashes England won the series. Completing 15 match test career scoring 919 runs at an average of 45.95 best of 136. Retiring from cricket on 16th September 2005, inducted to ICC Hall of Fame.

After finishing the cricket profession she took on various roles like sports administrator, Australian cricket academy manager, member of the international cricket council women’s committee.

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