Thompson and Langer both honoured in Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Justin Langer and Raelee Thompson being inducted into the Hall of Fame (Photos by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images and Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Raelee Thompson and Justin Langer have been recognised for their contributions to Australian cricket, with inductions into the Hall of Fame.

Langer joins the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame following a distinguished playing career and for his ongoing role coaching the national men’s side.

Famed for his grittiness and toughness as a player, the Perth left-hander carved out 7,696 runs for Australia with a Test average of 45.27.

He also played in eight One Day Internationals across his 18-year career, while representing Western Australia, Middlesex, and Somerset at first-class level.

Langer fittingly joins long-time opening batter partner Matthew Hayden (inducted 2017) in the hall, with the duo amassing over 6000 runs together across 122 Test innings.

Langer turned to coaching soon after retiring, where’s he built an impressive resume to rival his player career.

Beyond coaching Western Australia and winning the Perth Scorchers three BBL titles, Langer has been leading the Australian men’s cricket team since 2018.

Under his watch, the team retained the Ashes in 2019 and 2021-2022 and won the country’s first Men’s ICC T20 World Cup last year.

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman Peter King said Langer’s commitment to Australian cricket spans four decades.

“First as a player, as part of one of the most successful teams that world cricket has ever seen,” he said.

“As a coach, he entered the role at a time of great need and leads the Australian Men’s Cricket Team with great distinction, a team which the Australian public is very proud of.”

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Raelee Thompson being into the Hall of Fame during day one of the Women’s Test match in the Ashes (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The other inductee is a pioneer of women’s cricket, Shepparton fast bowler Raelee Thompson.

Thompson played in 16 Tests and 23 ODIs for Australia between 1972 and 1985.

During that time, she took 57 Test wickets and 24 ODI wickets, while becoming the oldest player (male or female) at 39 years and 175 days to take a maiden five-wicket haul in a Test innings

She captained Australia five times, which included helping the team reclaim the Ashes for the first time in 30 years in the 1984-85 series, in what was her final Test match.

Thompson also has a long and ongoing commitment to cricket in her home state of Victoria.

She represented Victoria 45 times as a player, before becoming a selector for several years

This saw her become a life member of Cricket Victoria in 2018, and Thomspon is still active at her home club Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies, where she helps mentor and guide the next generation.

Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Todd Greenberg said Thompson’s commitment to women’s cricket at all levels is inspiring.

“Raelee is an ambassador and ornament to the Women’s game and was part of a team of trailblazing women – including four games as captain – who can be credited for the success that the current-day Australian Women’s Cricket Team enjoys,” he said.

Thompson and Langer are the 58th and 59th inductees of the Hall of Fame respectively, an honour Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said they both deserve.

“Justin and Raelee are extremely deserving inductees and it is wonderful to acknowledge and celebrate the immense achievements and contributions of these legends of our game.”

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Hamish writes about Aussie Rules, cricket, basketball and all things Tasmanian sport for The Inner Sanctum. His experience includes working for organisations like 10 News First, AFL Tasmania, The Mercury, the TSL, the Hobart Hurricanes and Draft Central. He recently finished a media degree at The University of Tasmania.

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