Justin Langer, Raelee Thompson inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame;
Raelee Thompson and Justin Langer were named inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame on Thursday by the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Committee, Cricket Australia (CA), and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
Since the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame founded in 1996, Thompson and Langer have become the 58th and 59th honorees, respectively. Langer, a left-handed batter from Scarborough Cricket Club in Perth’s north-west, known for his hardness and tenacity as a cricketer from the start of his Test career.
Cricket Australia CEO, in an official release said:
“Honouring inductees to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is an important and special moment for the sport. Justin and Raelee are extremely deserving inductees and it is wonderful to acknowledge. And celebrate the immense achievements and contributions of these legends of our game.”
“Justin has had a tremendous impact on Australian cricket, both at the top of the order alongside Matthew Hayden. As a coach of Western Australia and more recently as Head Coach of the Australian men’s team. Raelee has been a leader and champion of cricket as a sport for women and girls through an incredible period of evolution, both as a proud player and captain of her country and continuing that passion towards ensuring that the game continues to progress and flourish for future generations,” he added.
A tough 54 on debut at the Adelaide Oval in 1993, which included a head-on collision with West Indian fast bowler Ian Bishop, signalled a man who liked the challenge of international cricket. He started his career at No. 3, when he famously teamed together with Adam Gilchrist to chase down 369 to beat Pakistan in Hobart in 1999.
Langer collected 7,696 runs with a Test average of 45.27 in a career built on battling above his weight. In a career spanning 18 years, he also appeared in eight One Day Internationals. Moreover, played first-class cricket for Western Australia, Middlesex, and Somerset, scoring 28,382 runs at an average of 50.23.
Raelee Thompson is a pioneer of the women’s game, hailing from Shepparton in Victoria’s north-east. Therefore, she was a fast bowler who captained Australia four times between 1972 and 1985, appearing in 16 Tests and 23 One Day Internationals. Moreover, Thompson, who is 39 years and 175 days old. She is the oldest player – male or female – to record a maiden five-wicket haul in Test matches.
Thompson also played 45 times for Victoria before becoming a selector for many years. At her home club, Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club. She continued to coach future generations of female cricketers. However, in 2018 she awarded Life Membership by Cricket Victoria.
(With ANI Inputs)