Matthew Hayden, David Boon And Betty Wilson Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Former Australia openers Mathew Hayden, David Boon along with woman cricketer Betty Wilson are all set to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
The trio will formally be inducted at the Allan Border Medal function in Sydney on Monday (January 23).
Making his debut in 1984, David Boon played 107 Tests and 181 ODIs for Australia before retiring in 1996. The legendary cricketer scored 7,422 and 5,964 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively.
Calling the honour a special one for him and his family, Boon said:
“It’s an enormous honour.
“To join some of the great players from past eras … it’s something that will be very special to me and my family for a long time.”
Mathew Hayden too expressed his delight to get the prestigious recognition. The left-handed batsman, who once held the record of highest score in Tests before it was broken by Brian Lara, played 103 Tests and 161 ODIs for Australia between 1994 and 2009, scoring over 22,000 runs in the process.
“I feel, obviously, very privileged,” Hayden said.
“I fell in love with the game listening to it on a transistor radio on the back of the tractor in the shed of my dad’s property. In some ways, that was [a] pro but it was also a con.
“The pro side is I was very free when I came to the game, I had no expectations, I took every day as it came. It was a very free journey of how good I could actually get over a long period of time as opposed to thinking it was my right to play for Australia, I never believed that,” Hayden added.
Betty Wilson, who died in 2010, played 11 Tests in the 1940s and 1950s and had astonishing averages with the bat – 57.46 – and with the ball – 11.80. Known as the ‘female Bradman’, Wilson was the first woman to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. She is also the first player (male or female) to score a century and take a 10-wicket haul in the same Test when she achieved the incredible feat against England in 1958. The legendary cricketer was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in February 2015.
Meanwhile, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, which started in 1996 , has now 46 inductees after the latest additions.
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