Cricket Australia news 2023 | Norma Johnston, Australia’s oldest Test player, has died

Australia’s oldest Test cricketer has died aged 95.

Born in Bathurst, Norma Johnston (née Whiteman) played seven Tests between 1948 and 1951.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said: “Everyone in Australian cricket will be saddened to hear of Norma’s passing”.

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“As a trailblazer, Norma not only made a wonderful contribution as a player, but helped establish the platform for the thousands of women and girls who now play the game,” he said.

Johnston was a medium-order hitter and medium-pace bowler. She scored 151 runs in her seven Tests at 25.16 and won 22 wickets at a ludicrous average of 17.26. To put that number into context, Shane Warne’s test average was 25.41.

Australian Men’s Tests captain Pat Cummins was one of those to pay tribute to the trailblazer.

She was first picked to play for New South Wales after a strong performance in the state’s Country Week tournament.

After retiring, she returned to her hometown of Bathurst, where she spent many years working in and around the local sports community.

“On behalf of everyone in Australian cricket, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Norma’s family and friends at this sad time,” Hockley said.

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