Former cricketer Raelee Thompson inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2022

On Thursday during the Drinks Break of the Day 1 Test played between Australia and England as part of the Women’s Ashes, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Committee, along with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), announced that Raelee Thompson as the 2022 inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Thompson became the 58th inductee of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame which was established in 1996.

Former cricketer Raelee Thompson inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2022. PC: penbugs.com

Along with Thompson, former Australian cricketer Justin Langer was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Nick Hockley, CEO of Cricket Australia, said in an official release: “Honoring the candidates for the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is an important and special moment for the sport. Justin and Raelee are extremely deserving inductees and it’s great to recognize and celebrate the immense achievements and contributions of these legends of our game.”

Born on August 3, 1945, from Shepparton in northeastern Victoria, Thompson is one of the pioneers of women’s cricket. Playing as a fast right arm bowler, she represented Australia in 16 Tests and 23 One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1972 and 1985, following her international debut on 5 February 1972 against New Zealand in a Test. She has 81 international wickets, including 57 in Tests and 24 in ODIs. She is the oldest player – male or female – to have made a maiden five-wicket-haul in Test matches at the age of 39 and 175 days.

Aside from her good bowling records, she captained Australia in four Tests between 1984 and 1985 and three ODIs in 1985. In her final Test match in 1985, the fifth and deciding test match of the 1984-85 Women’s Ashes series played at Bendigo, she led the Australian team to a seven-wicket victory to reclaim the Women’s Ashes trophy after a yawning 30-year gap. In that Test, Thompson took a throw of five wicket.

The former Australia captain also made 45 appearances for Victoria. After hanging up her boots from playing cricket, she served as a selector for many years. She is associated with her home club, Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club, where she has continued to mentor the young and budding female cricketers.

With her incredible contributions to Australian women’s cricket, there is rarely any doubt that Raelee Thompson has been a great leader and true champion of women’s cricket in the country.

Source: Cricket Australia

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