The oldest living Test cricketer from Australia, Norma Johnston (née Whiteman), passed away at the age of 95. In addition to playing domestic cricket for New South Wales during her playing days, Norma, a fast bowler, participated in seven Test matches between 1948 and 1951.
Norma was a middle-order batswoman and medium-pace bowler who is remembered as an important and well-liked member of the post-war Australian Women’s team. She scored 151 Test runs at 25.16 and took 22 wickets at 17.26.
One of those who paid tribute to Johnston was Cummins, the Australian men’s Test captain.
“Norma was a pioneer of the women’s game and until her death was Australia’s oldest Test cricketer,” Cummins tweeted.
“She was passionate about cricket, about her hometown of Bathurst and the many women who would follow in her footsteps representing their state and country.
This morning I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Norma Johnston.
Norma was a pioneer of the women’s game and until her death was Australia’s oldest Test cricketer.
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) January 9, 2023