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2001 – OTD – Karen Rolten seized the record for highest score in Women’s Test

2001 - OTD - Karen Rolten seized the record for highest score in Women's Test

On this day in 2001, former Australia batter Karen Rolton etched her name into cricket history by setting a record for the highest score in Women’s Test cricket. The powerful batter achieved this milestone with an unbeaten 209 against England at Headingley.

Rolton’s innings were a masterclass in resilience and determination, qualities that have defined her illustrious career. Facing 313 balls, she displayed remarkable concentration and skill, leading Australia to a commanding nine-wicket victory. This win was particularly significant as it secured the Ashes series on English soil which Australia failed to replicate for another 14 years.

The journey to this record-breaking innings was marked by near-misses and fierce determination. Rolton had come close to scoring a double century once before during the 1998 Ashes series at the County Ground, New Road in Worcester. That experience fueled her drive and ambition, setting the stage for her eventual triumph three years later.

How Karen Rolton led Australian cricket

This record-setting performance was just one highlight in a career filled with remarkable achievements. Rolton went on to score a match-winning century in the 2005 World Cup Final and captained the Australian team from 2006 to 2009, following the retirement of Belinda Clark. Her leadership and consistent performances have left an indelible mark on the sport.

However, her 209 not out remains a celebrated moment in cricket history, reflecting not just her brilliance but also her contribution to the growth and recognition of women’s cricket. Her legacy continues to inspire new generations of cricketers, demonstrating what can be achieved with talent, perseverance, and an unwavering passion for the game.

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