Well-known Australian cricket pioneer Norma Johnston has died at the age of 95. She was the oldest living Test cricketer in Australia until her death. Taking to Twitter, Australian skipper Pat Cummins remembered her as a pioneer of the women’s game. He wrote that he was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Norma Johnston this morning and went on to add that she was a pioneer of the women’s game. Here, in this article, let us find out more about her and her shocking death. Read the article below to get full details.
Adding further, Pat Cummins wrote that Norma was passionate about cricket, about her hometown of Bathurst, and the many women who would follow in her footsteps representing their state country. Ever since the news of Norma’s passing broke online, tributary posts and condolence messages flooded. Her fans and well-wishers rushed to social media to pay her heartfelt tributes and offered their deepest condolences to her and her family and loved ones. Australian Cricket is mourning the loss of Johnston who died at 95, wrote Cricket Australia after taking to Twitter.
Who Was Norma Johnston?
Prior to her passing, Johnston (née Whiteman) was the oldest Test cricket player in Australia. Between 1948 and 1951, she participated in seven Test matches for Australia as a middle-order batsman and medium-pace bowler, amassing 151 runs at an average of 25.16 and taking 22 wickets at 17.26. Nick Hockley, the CEO of Cricket Australia, said Johnston made significant contributions to the cause of female cricketers.
Everyone involved in Australian cricket, he stated in a statement, “would be grieved to hear of Norma’s demise.” “Norma was a pioneer who not only contributed greatly as a player but also helped create the groundwork for the tens of thousands of women and girls who are currently playing the game. “I would like to send Norma’s family my profound sympathies on behalf of the entire Australian cricket community.
Norma’s exceptional potential was initially recognized at the yearly NSW Country Week event, and her selection for NSW and later Australia encouraged more female participation in her area. After retiring in 1951, Norma moved back to Bathurst, where she quickly assimilated into the local sporting scene. The Bathurst Sportsground’s sightscreen was recently given her name, according to the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), which described Norma as a beloved and steadfast member of the organization as well as a trailblazer who paved the way for all current female players. Follow Social Telecast for more updates.