Former Australia captain Belinda Clark has become the first cricketer to have a statue of her, with a bronze sculpture unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Clark retired from the sport in 2005 after winning two World Cups.
During his 14-year career, he scored the first double century in a one-day international, breaking 229 against Denmark in 1997.
“The sculpture epitomizes the possibility of trying it,” Clark said.
“Be brave, take on those challenges and break the conventions.
“I want people to take away that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it and you have good people around you, and I think I’ve been very lucky to have had a lot of support and a bit of imagination.” take my game to where I wanted to take it, and I hope the sport is in a better place for that.”
Clark played 15 Tests and 118 ODIs for Australia, averaging over 45 in both formats.
She is Australia’s leading Test and ODI run-scorer in women’s cricket, with her highest Test score of 136 against England in 1998.
He captained Australia to 101 ODIs, finishing with an 83% win rate, and also holds the joint record for most hundreds ODIs in a year with three coming in 1997.
Domestically, Clark won seven Women’s National Cricket League titles: five with New South Wales and two with Victoria.
The Australian Female Cricketer of the Year award is also named after Clark.
Clark has held positions with Women’s Cricket Australia, the Australian Cricket Academy and the International Cricket Council Women’s Committee since retiring from the game.
The statue was inaugurated on Thursday, before second day of the third test between Australia and South Africaand sits alongside former men’s team captains Richie Benaud and Steve Waugh.