Slice of success for Bakewell
Former England women’s star Enid Bakewell has been inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame.
Bakewell made her Test debut in 1968 and started in the best possible fashion with a century against Australia at Adelaide.
She went on to strike 1,078 Test runs at an average of 59.88 while also claiming 50 wickets with her useful left-arm spin at an average of just 16.13.
Bakewell’s career highlight came in her last appearance; she became the first English player, male or female, to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test.
That feat has only been managed by herself and Australia’s Betty Wilson in the women’s game and Sir Ian Botham, Alan Davidson and Imran Khan in the men’s.
She said: “I do feel very honoured. To be named after, Rachael Heyhoe Flint is a huge moment for me. Rachael was a huge inspiration for me. My induction into this elite panel is also a big statement for women's cricket.”
Bakewell joins the illustrious group alongside West Indies legend Brian Lara, who has struck the highest individual scores in Test and first-class cricket.
He added: “I think it’s a very humbling experience for me. First of all, to be considered and then to be selected is a great moment.
“To be named alongside some of the great cricketers not just from West Indies but from all around the world like Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards is a very special feeling.”