Cricket Australia congratulates Belinda Clark AO
January 26, 2018
Cricket Australia has today congratulated former Australian captain Belinda Clark on becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia in today’s Australia Day Honours List.
Clark was today made Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished services to cricket as one of Australia’s most successful and influential cricketers on and off the field.
As a player, Clark played 15 Test matches, 118 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 for Australia, averaging more than 45 in the Test and One-day arena, and is Australia’s leading run scorer in the 50-over game.
Her record as captain is equally impressive, having won a total of 84 matches from the 101 games she was in charge including two World Cup titles. Clark produced what was arguably one of her finest moments on the field during the 1997 World Cup final when she scored 229 runs off 155 balls to become the first cricketer to score a double century in an ODI.
In 2011, she became just the second woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, having already been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Cricket Australia Hall of Fame and New South Wales Hall of Champions.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said:
“On behalf of Australian Cricket I’d like to congratulate Belinda on being recognised for the incredible contributions she continues to make to cricket.
“From being a world-class player and inspirational captain during her playing days, to being a champion for the growth of cricket in our county, Belinda has been and remains one of the finest ambassadors for our sport,” said Mr Sutherland.
“Off-field, Belinda has continued to be a key influencer in Australia Cricket, having spent time as the Chief Executive of Women’s Cricket Australia and the manager of the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, a role which saw her oversee the next generation of male and female talent.
“Her current role as Head of Junior Cricket has seen her attention redirected to overseeing a large-scale transformation project which has already successfully delivered the Australian Cricket pilots of Junior Formats. As a result of the successful pilots, Junior cricket in Australia is being transformed to deliver more fun, action and superior skill development,” he concluded.
Clark’s work extends beyond our shores to the International Cricket Council (ICC) where she has been a member of the Women's Committee for over a decade and as a Board member of the Local Organising Committee for the Australia 2020 ICC World Twenty20, is playing an integral role in ensuring this tournament leaves a significant legacy in our community.