Jayawardena, Pollock, Brittin inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Janette Brittin, Mahela Jayawardena and Shaun Pollock were announced as the newest inductees into the prestigious ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises the achievements of the legends of the game from cricket’s long and illustrious history. 106 players have been inducted since its launch in 2009, with Brittin, Jayawardena and Pollock as the latest inductees celebrated.

Today’s inductees played in 284 Tests, 814 ODIs and 67 T20 Internationals between them. Janet Brittin was a mainstay of the England Test team for 19 years, helping to pave the way for women’s cricket between 1979 and 1998.

Jayawardena played 652 international matches, comprising 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is. Only Sachin Tendulkar played more international matches, pipping the Sri Lankan by 12 games.

An all-rounder in the truest sense of the word, Shaun Pollock scored 7386 runs and took 829 wickets in international cricket.

The son of former South African player Peter Pollock and nephew of ICC Hall of Famer Graeme Pollock, Shaun Pollock went on to play 108 Tests, 303 ODIs and 12 T20Is across 13 years after making his Test debut in 1995 against England.

Janette Brittin, who played 27 Tests and 63 ODIs for England between 1979 and 1998, is among the greatest batters to have played women’s cricket. She is the greatest run-scorer (1935 at 49.61), century-maker (five) and appearance maker (27) in women’s Test history.

Brittin passed away from cancer at the age of 58 in 2017. She is the 31st England player to join the Hall of Fame.

Mahela Jayawardena

  • Made his Sri Lankan Test debut in 1997
  • Scored 66 Test debut runs towards Sri Lanka’s record total of 952-6 against India
  • Scored 11,814 Test runs at average of 50.05
  • In 448 ODIs, he scored 12,650 runs at 33,37
  • Scored 1493 runs in 55 T20Is
  • Along with Kumar Sangakkara, scored world record partnership of 624 v South Africa in 2006
  • He was a key member of the team that won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2014
  • Played a part in Sri Lanka reaching four other major ICC finals
  • He became the first Sri Lankan to score 10,000 Test runs
  • His 374 against South Africa at Colombo in 2006 is a Sri Lankan record
  • As coach, he has led the Mumbai Indians to three IPL titles.

Shaun Pollock

  • The first player to achieve the 3,000 run / 300 wicket double in both Test and ODI cricket
  • Remains South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in all international cricket
  • Took 5-32 against England at Cape Town in his first Test series and followed up with the double of 66 not out and 4-34 in his first ODI
  • In 108 Tests, scored 3,781 runs at an average of 32.31, and took 421 wickets
  • Played in 303 ODIs, scoring 3,519 runs at 26.45 and took 393 wickets
  • Scored 86 runs in 12 T20Is, taking 15 wickets.
  • Spent more than five years as the top ranked ODI bowler in the ICC’s rankings
  • As captain, led South Africa to their first Test series victory in the Caribbean

Janette Brittin

  • One of England’s most-successful batters with a Test career spanning 19 years
  • Made her Test debut against West Indies in 1979, aged 19
  • Scored maiden ODI century against an International XI in New Zealand in 1982
  • Top-scored with 46 not out in the 1988 World Cup final, a defeat to Australia at the MCG
  • Won World Cup in 1992, top-scoring again and taking the winning catch
  • In 27 Test matches, she averaged 49.61 for her record 1935 runs and scored five hundreds
  • In 63 ODIs, scored 2121 runs with an average of 42.42
  • ODI career included five centuries and a highest score of 138 not out in 1982
  • After her playing days, Brittin taught at Danes Hill school in Oxshott, Surrey
  • She kept up her associations with cricket and in particular with Surrey, where she coached younger players
  • She was awarded an MBE in 1999 but died in 2017 at the age of just 58.

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