Australia’s Oldest Test Cricketer, Norma Johnston has died at the age of 95. One of the renowned names of the Test format, Johnston played seven Tests from 1948 to 1951. Prolific middle-order batter & medium-pace bowler Johnson was the oldest Australian Test Cricketer alive.
“Everyone across Australian Cricket will be saddened to hear of Norma’s passing,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said. “As a pioneer, Norma not only made a wonderful contribution as a player but helped set the platform for the many thousands of women and girls now playing the game.”
Talking about Johnston’s career stint she made her debut in Test format along with legendary Betty Wilson on their tour of New Zealand in 1948 & ended her career after the tour of England in 1951. She amassed 151 Test runs at 25.16 on average & scalped 22 wickets at 20.54.
Talking about Norma, Lisa Sthalekar said in a statement that she loved to hear how Norma recall touring with the pioneers of the Women’s Game. She also said that it was an interest she carried all the way through to her love of the WBBL & the enjoyment she got from just how far cricket has progressed.
Sthalekar further said that being from Bathurst in New South Wales, Norma always kept a close watch on all the country girls who would come through & play for their state & country Australia.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Captain Pat Cummins also tweeted to remember her contribution to Australian cricket & sent condolences to her family.
He said, “This morning I hear the sad news of the passing of Norma Johnston. Her passion for Cricket was commendable. She was passionate about her hometown of Bathurst & women who would follow her footsteps representing their state & country. Her contribution to Australia Cricket & friendships will be cherished forever.”