Belinda Clark on Thursday became the first women’s cricketer to be immortalised in bronze at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The statue of the former Aussie skipper stands alongside Richie Benaud, Steve Waugh, Stan McCabe, and Fred Spofforth.
The announcement of the landmark statue was made back in 2021. Then there were as many as 73 statues of male cricketers already in existence in Australia at that point. However, the identity of the player chosen for the honour was not revealed to the public until Thursday. Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley was elated to share that Clark is being honored with a sculpture for her contributions.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Belinda Clark has been honoured with a sculpture in the SCG precinct and becomes the first female cricketer to receive this recognition. Belinda not only compiled a superb playing record for Australia as a batter and captain; she helped inspire the current generation of cricketers and, as an administrator, has had a profound impact on community cricket and the growth in participation,” Nick Hockley was quoted as saying by a cricket news website.
The sculpture encapsulates being courageous, break convention: Belinda Clark
Clark featured in 15 Tests, 118 ODIs, and one T20 international. She is also the first player to score a double century in ODI where she smashed an unbeaten 229 runs. Her illustrious career also includes winning two World Cups after being named as the skipper at the age of 23. She leaded her country for 12 years through a golden period until her retirement in 2005.
“I’m excited to have the sculpture in place and for people to now look at it and perhaps wonder what that is, who that is, and to be able to tell a bit of a story is really important. The sculpture encapsulates being able to have a go-to be courageous, to take on those challenges and break convention,” said Clark.