Australia’s current head coach Justin Langer and former Australia women’s team captain Raelee Thompson on Thursday were inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Committee, together with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), on Thursday, announced Raelee Thompson and Justin Langer as the 2022 inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Justin Langer played 105 Test matches
Langer played 105 Test matches wearing the ‘Baggy Green’ between 1993-2007 and amassed 7696 runs at an average of 44.74.
Langer made his Test debut against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval in 1993 and scored a determined 54. In his debut innings he was hit on the helmet off West Indies great Ian Bishop’s bowling.
Raelee Thompson bagged 57 wickets from 16 Tests
Raelee Thompson led Australia women’s cricket team to reclaim the Ashes at home in 1985 and eventually it was the final Test match of her career that spanned 13 years (1972-1985).
She became the oldest player (male or female) to claim a five-for in a Test match at the age of 39 years and 175 days. She accounted for 57 Test wickets at an average of 18.24 and 24 ODI scalps at 18.66.
In 2018, she was offered Life Membership from Cricket Victoria in recognition of all her services to the stateside.
“Honouring inductees to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is an important and special moment for the sport. Justin and Raelee are extremely deserving inductees and it is wonderful to acknowledge and celebrate the immense achievements and contributions of these legends of our game,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said.
“Justin has had a tremendous impact on Australian cricket, both at the top of the order alongside Matthew Hayden, as a coach of Western Australia and more recently as Head Coach of the Australian men’s team.
“Raelee has been a leader and champion of cricket as a sport for women and girls through an incredible period of evolution, both as a proud player and captain of her country and continuing that passion towards ensuring that the game continues to progress and flourish for future generations,” he added.
Under Langer’s coaching, the Australia national team bagged a double of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and the Ashes.