Jan Brittin had represented England in 27 Tests and 63 One-Day Internationals (ODIs)    Getty Images (File Photo)
Jan Brittin had represented England in 27 Tests and 63 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) Getty Images (File Photo)

Jan Brittin, the highest run-getter in Women s Tests, passed away on Monday. She was 58. Brittin had represented England Women in 27 Tests and 63 ODIs. Brittin scored 1,935 Test runs at 49.61, a tally significantly ahead of Charlotte Edwards 1,676. To provide perspective, only ten women have crossed the 1,000-run mark in Test cricket, and only four have gone past 1,200. She is also the only female cricketer to have crossed the fifty-mark 16 times and to have registered 5 hundreds in Women s Tests. She also played three World Cup finals, and top-scored in the 1993 final when England clinched the title.

Brittin also played a pivotal role in the development of women s cricket in the country. Following her demise, Surrey Cricket Club will be paying tribute to her by flying the Surrey flag half mast during the ongoing County Championship 2017 tie between Surrey and Yorkshire. She is also the leading female run-scorer for England in Tests.

Ebony Rainford-Brent, Director of Women s Cricket of Surrey, said, JB was such an inspiration to me and many others growing up who were able to watch or play with one of the greatest female cricketers of all time. As a character she was fun, engaging and always generous in her knowledge, particularly when she gave back as a coach later in her career. Her records speak for themselves the class of player she was and will stand the test of time. She will be sorely missed by the Surrey community, and we as a county are sending out our condolences to her loved ones and family.

Clare Connor, Director of England Women s Cricket, added: In a year when England have again won the World Cup at Lord s, we should not forget the huge contribution JB made to the development and success of women s cricket in this country. For girls of my generation she was our first real female role model. She batted with grace and timing a classical opener, so beautiful to watch. She was also a brilliantly athletic cover fielder. JB was born to play Test cricket and it s unlikely that her record in this format will ever be beaten. She also had a fine record in the one-day game, and of course she made that significant contribution to England s World Cup win at Lord s in 1993.

JB played for England for two decades at a time when the women s game was totally amateur. Despite being a conventional batsman, in personality she was quirky and unconventional. I was in awe of her when I came into the England set-up as an 18 year old. She was a legend, a class apart. And so, more than anyone else, the coaches included, I craved her respect and for her to think I could play, she added, as reported by Surrey’s official website.

JB will be remembered so fondly by the women s cricket fraternity as well as by her numerous friends in the golfing world. She was a wonderful golfer as I found out when I was lucky enough to play a round with her in Calcutta on my first England tour, aged just 19. I remember feeling star-struck. The irony is not lost on me now, for nobody could have played international sport with more modesty than JB. On behalf of the ECB and the England women s team, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Jan s family and friends, she concluded.