Australia’s greatest top-order batsmen, David Boon and Matthew Hayden, will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the 2017 Allan Border Medal ceremony on Monday.
Joining them on the hall of fame another Australian cricketer is women’s all-rounder Betty Wilson.
“David Boon and Matthew Hayden are among a select group of just 12 players to have appeared in 100 Test matches but their significance goes way beyond that simple statistic,” said Peter King, ACHoF chairman.
“David Boon was a key figure in the rise of the Australia side under Allan Border that went from easy-beats to winners of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India and Pakistan in 1987 and then the best Test side in the world,” said King.
“Matthew Hayden featured prominently in the Australia squads that went unbeaten to win successive ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and his role as an intimidating opening batsman and outstanding slip fielder mark him out as one of the greatest players this country has ever produced. Matthew’s record in both Tests and One-Day Internationals stands comparison with anyone in history and it is a pleasure to see him join such august company in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame,” added King.
“Betty Wilson was a woman ahead of her time, thanks to her brilliant all-round skills as a batter and off-spinner. It was cricket’s misfortune that she only played 11 Tests – due in part to World War II, but also because her career spanned a period when far fewer women’s cricket matches were played than in the modern era. It is fantastic that Betty can take her rightful place in the pantheon of great cricketers produced by this country through her induction to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and it is an honour that is wholly justified,” said King on Wilson;s induction.