Canberra Times – “It’s lovely to finish on top .

Summary

  • With that Alex Blackwell, Australia’s most capped female cricketer and the world’s No.
  • Over the last 15-years – and overcoming a career-threatening ACL injury in 2006 – the 34-year-old played 251 games for Australia; she’s represented NSW for the last 17-years; she’s scored 13,000 runs for her state and nation; she hit three ODI centuries for Australia; she was a member of the Australian team that won the 2005 and ‘13 World Cups; she captained Australia to the first world T20 title in 2010 and played in the teams that retained that crown in 2012 and ’14 and if NSW should hold the WNCL trophy aloft at the end of Saturday’s final against Western Australia at Blacktown, she’ll have played in 14 championship triumphs.
  • In the lead up to last year’s divisive gay marriage vote Blackwell braved any dread of a possible backlash from cricket’s hierarchy (although, there was only ever steadfast support from CA and CNSW) to announce she’d marry her beloved Lynsey Askew – a former English cricketer – after the 2015 Ashes series.
  • Regardless of the result of Saturday’s WNCL final, Alexandra Joy Blackwell will leave first-class cricket a true, and universally respected, winner.
  • Daniel Lane is employed by Cricket Australia, but he covered Alex Blackwell’s career as a journalist at Fairfax and other organisations.


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