Decorated Australian cricketer Belinda Clark has hit back after being overlooked by many fans following Glenn Maxwell’s stunning double century at the ODI World Cup in India.
Maxwell’s epic 201 not out against Afghanistan was not, in fact, the highest score by an Australian in a 50 over side match.
Clark, a representative of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame, holds the record after scoring an unbeaten score of 229 off 155 balls against Denmark in the 1997 Women’s World Cup.
She said Yahoo Sports Australia The cricket public should respect the achievements of women players when they talk about records.
‘My view is that we should respect performance regardless of gender. There is room for everyone,” she says.
Decorated Australian cricketer Belinda Clark has hit back after being overlooked by many fans following Glenn Maxwell’s stunning double century at the ODI World Cup in India
Maxwell’s epic 201 not out against Afghanistan was not in fact the highest score by an Australian in a 50-a-side match
Clark holds the record after scoring an unbeaten score of 229 off 155 balls against Denmark at the 1997 Women’s World Cup
‘However, the error is usually one-way. Women have been playing international cricket since 1934.
“I think it’s great and I’m happy for Glenn and the team. It (the comparison with her innings) is a talking point to further recognize women’s sport.
“1997 was a long time ago, so I would like to welcome him to the club.”
Freelance journalist Erin Delahunty ruffled X a few feathers when she rightly pointed out that Maxwell was the first Australian male player to score a double century.
She was responding to an inaccurate claim by an Indian reporter and cricket ‘influencer’ Johns Benny, who, like many other scribes, declared that Maxwell was in unknown sporting territory.
Benny has more than 430,000 followers on the social media platform and a significant reach worldwide.
He later edited his post on X, but did not acknowledge Clark’s achievement with the 1997 willow.
Despite excruciating body cramps against Afghanistan, Maxwell is tipped to play against Bangladesh in the ODI World Cup on Saturday
Meanwhile, paceman Josh Hazlewood expects Maxwell to face Bangladesh in Australia’s final round-robin match at the World Cup on Saturday from 4pm AEDT – despite the grueling nature of his spectacular innings against Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Maxwell suffered excruciating body cramps at the Wankhede Stadium and almost retired injured before completing a famous three-wicket victory to secure a place in the semi-final against South Africa.
“Yeah, I think he’ll play,” Hazlewood said. (In terms of his recovery) it’s about him getting his hydration right and getting his weight back to where it should be.
“So hopefully he’s all right.”