Australia’s oldest Test cricketer and a pioneer of the women’s game, Norma Whiteman, has died at the age of 86.
A middle-order batsman and medium-pace bowler, Whitman (also known as Norma Johnson) represented Australia In seven Tests from 1948 to 1951. Until his death, Whitman was the oldest Australian Test cricketer.
Australian Cricket is mourning the loss of Norma Johnston (nee Whiteman), who has passed away aged 95.
Norma played seven Tests from 1948-51 and, until her passing, was Australia’s oldest living Test cricketer.
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— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 9, 2023
“Australian Cricket is mourning the loss of Norma Johnson (née Whiteman), who has passed away aged 95. Norma played seven Tests from 1948-51 and was Australia’s captain until her death. was the oldest living Test cricketer. Our thoughts are with her family. and friends,” Cricket Australia announced on Twitter.
“Everyone in Australian cricket will be saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. As a pioneer, Norma not only made an amazing contribution as a player, but helped set the stage for many thousands of women and girls , who are now playing the game,” said ESPNcricinfo Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley.
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Whitman made his debut on tour in 1948 new zealand and ended his career after the 1951 tour of England. He scored 151 Test runs at 25.16 and took 22 wickets at 20.54.
“I loved hearing about her memorable tour with the pioneers of the women’s game. It was an interest she pursued solely through her love of the WBBL and the thrill she got from progressing the game. Being a country girl from Bathurst in New South Wales, she always looked up to, and had a place close to her heart for, all the country girls who played and played for their state and Australia,” said Lisa Sthalekar said in a statement released by the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
Australia captain Pat Cummins also tweeted: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Norma Johnson this morning. She was passionate about cricket, her home town of Bathurst and the many women who are following in her footsteps across their state.” And will represent the country. .Her contribution to Australian cricket and the friendships she made with so many within the game will live on forever.”
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