Justin Langer, a former Test opener and current Australia men’s head coach, was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame on Thursday. Raelee Thompson, a former fast bowler and women’s team captain, was also inducted into the hall of fame alongside Langer.
Raelee and Langer are the 58th and 59th members of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1996. “Justin and Raelee are outstanding honorees, and it’s amazing to recognise and celebrate their incredible accomplishments and contributions to our game,” CA CEO Nick Hockley said.
Langer, who made his Test debut 29 years ago, played 105 times for Australia and scored 7,696 runs at an average of 45.27. He played number three for the first few years of his career, including when he famously partnered with Adam Gilchrist to chase down 369 to beat Pakistan in Hobart in 1999.
“Justin has had a significant effect on Australian cricket, both as a top-order batsman alongside Matthew Hayden and as a coach of Western Australia and, most recently, as Head Coach of the Australian men’s team,” Hockley continued.
In 2001, Langer moved to the top of the order when he and Matthew Hayden formed Australia’s most successful opening pair in Test cricket. Together, they scored 6,081 runs at an average of 51.53 in 122 Test innings, including 14-century partnerships.
In a career spanning 18 years, he also appeared in eight One Day Internationals and played first-class cricket for Western Australia, Middlesex, and Somerset, scoring 28,382 runs at an average of 50.23.
Langer was appointed coach of the Australian men’s cricket team in May 2018 after successful stints as coach of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers. He led the team to the Men’s ICC 2021 T20 World Cup title and the Ashes in 2019 and 2021/22.
In recent weeks, the coach has taken a step back in response to players’ concerns that he had grown too tough.
His future is set to be reviewed at a Cricket Australia board meeting next week, as the coach is out of contract after the March trip to Pakistan, which might be approved at the same meeting.
Raelee, on the other hand, is a pioneer of the women’s game and hails from Shepparton in Victoria’s northeast. She captained Australia four times between 1972 and 1985, appearing in 16 Tests and 23 One Day Internationals for the country. Raelee, who is 39 years and 175 days old, is the oldest player in Test cricket history to capture a maiden five-wicket haul.
“As a proud player and captain of her country, Raelee has been a leader and promoter of cricket as a sport for women and girls through an unprecedented period of transformation, continuing that commitment towards ensuring that the game continues to progress and flourish for future generations,” Hockey added.
In 1985, she led the Australians to recapture the Women’s Ashes trophy after a 30-year break in the fifth and final Test match of the 1984-85 Women’s Ashes series, which was contested in Bendigo. Raelee took 57 Test wickets at an average of 18.24 and 24 ODI wickets at an average of 18.66 in his career.Why did Indian women’s team drops out of the AFC Women’s championship ?