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Date Inducted: 24 Nov 1999
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Lynette Larsen - Cricket

In a career spanning from 1981 to 1994, Lyn Larsen changed women's cricket forever, setting numerous records that are unlikely to be beaten.

An all-rounder, Larsen first represented Australia in the Under 23 side in 1981 and subsequently in the Under 25 tour of New Zealand in 1983. She became a member of the Australian team to India in 1984 and represented her country with distinction until 1994. Selected as captain in 1986 at 22 years of age, Larsen was the youngest person to achieve this honour.

Larsen played in 15 Test matches, captaining Australia in 10 Tests, becoming Australia's most successful captain, winning five and drawing five. Larsen scored 410 Test runs for an average of 41.0, and took 26 Test wickets at an average of 18.73.

Of the 49 one-day internationals she played in, Larsen captained 43, and of these won 29, another outstanding record. She scored 426 runs for an average of 20.28, and took 24 wickets at an average of 31.79.

In her first Test as captain in England in 1987, Australia made history when it became the first team to defeat England on English soil in a series, and Australia did it in the Test matches and the one-day internationals. Australia also broke the record for the greatest Test victory margin over England, a record subsequently broken again in Larsen's last Test as captain in 1992, when Larsen also made her highest Test score in a world record partnership of 222 runs with Denise Annetts for the fourth wicket.

Her most significant achievement at home was to lead her side to a comprehensive victory in the 1988 Shell Bicentennial World Cup final held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

As captain, Larsen was a 'perfectionist when setting the right field' and a highly respected leader. She always did her homework on the opposition and expected her players to put in more than 100%, as she did. At all levels of the game she was known for her fighting characteristics and as an all rounder for her ability to turn the game in favour of her team either with bat or ball. She was also an outstanding slip fielder.

Larsen led by example and was a true professional as captain during a period when Australia dominated the international scene. Her outstanding leadership has had a far-reaching effect in developing the profile and recognition of women's cricket and women's sport generally. Larsen was an Australian selector for three years from 1990 to 1992 and retired from international representation in 1994. She was appointed as Manager of the Australian Youth Team that toured India in 1994/95.

Inspiration: "Just one more time"

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