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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag is not first to Score 200

New Dehli (Routers) Indian openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are not only cricketers to score 200+ score. They should remember former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark who scored 200+ 14 years ago in India in World Cup 1997.

Messages of congratulation are pouring in from around the world - and it is quite possible that one of those messages may come from former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark. Because while Sehwag is the Second man to reach the magical number, Clark did it 14 years ago, against Denmark in the Women's World Cup in India in 1997.

Clark made 229 not out, batting for 181 minutes and scoring 22 boundaries, as Australia notched up 412 for three, before bowling Denmark out for 49.

Cricinfo describes Clark as a giant of the Australian game both on and off the field, where she combined the roles of player and captain with that of chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia.

She led by example, averaging over 50 in Tests and 40 in one-day internationals.

In 1997 she captained Australian to their fourth World Cup, but despite cracking 91 in the 2001 final, Australia lost to New Zealand by four runs.

Clark's revenge came in 2005 when she led Australia to another title in South Africa, where her side did not lose a game.

At Test level Clark was, if anything, even more prolific, and her best score of 136 was made against England at Worcester in 1998.

She holds Australia's record for Test and ODI runs and also for ODI appearances. She retired at the end of the 2005 Ashes series, but like her male counterparts, it was as part of a losing side.

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