Ruth represented her country 11 Test matches as a batswoman and kept the stumps for the matches as well © Getty Images
Ruth represented her country 11 Test matches as a batswoman and kept the stumps for the matches as well © Getty Images

Former England Women‘s cricket team player and England’s first permanent head coach Ruth Westbrook Prideaux passed away last week at the age of 85. Ruth represented her country 11 Test matches as a batswoman and kept the stumps for the matches as well. The player has after her name 476 runs including one 87 against South Africa Women which happens to be her highest individual score. Ruth was more successful in her job as a coach than as a player and in her achievements is coaching the team that went on to win the ICC Women’s World Cup in the year 1993. READ: Roger Prideaux: South Africans were born to play sport

In an interview with Eastbourne Herald, Ruth had talked about cricket and her life. “I started playing cricket at school but I also played all the games such as Lacrosse and hockey. I trained in Physical Education and started taking cricket more seriously when I took up my first teaching post in Yorkshire. I was a wicket-keeper batswoman and was put forward for county trials,” the player had said.

“I suppose I did quite well and progressed on to England. I made my England debut against Australia at the Oval in 1957. I had a good eye for the ball and batted at number-three. I did well enough to keep my place,” is what the player opined about herself in that interview.

Ruth married cricketer Roger Malcolm Prideaux, who represented the England men’s national team in three Test matches and had an illustrated First Class career playing for Sussex and Nottinghamshire.