Dubai, Sep 13 Fast bowlers Alan Davidson and Curtly Ambrose along with former Australian skipper of women's team Belinda Clark were Monday inducted into the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Hall of Fame.
Davidson and Ambrose along with the late Frederick Spofforth of Australia joined the 63 male members of the Hall of Fame while Australia's Clark becomes the second woman to be inducted.
The late Frederick Spofforth of Australia, however, will be inducted later next year in a ceremony involving the former fast bowler's family.
Clark captained Australia's women to five World Cup victories, losing just 17 matches in her 101 games. She still holds the record in the women's game for the most amount of matches as captain.
Clark averaged over 50 runs in the 15 Test matches she played for her country while she averaged 40 in the 118 ODIs she played for Australia.
She was the first player (male or female) to score a double-century in ODI cricket when she scored 229 against Denmark in Mumbai in 1997. She retired in 2005 with an unsurpassed record of 4,844 ODI runs.
"Recognition of female players in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is a great initiative and I am proud to join Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, to become the second female inductee, on a long list of outstanding cricketers," Clark said.
"I am very proud to be included."
West Indies' Ambrose took 405 Test wickets at 20.99. He featured in 176 ODIs, claiming 225 wickets at an average of 24.12.
"Well, for me personally, it is a privilege and an honour to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. In the history of cricket there have been many great cricketers and to be part of that elite group, I am very happy and am very humbled," Ambrose said.
Australia's Davidson took 186 Test wickets and scored 1,328 Test runs in his 44 appearances for his country between 1953 and 1963. During the last five years of his career, he took 170 Test wickets at 19.25 in 32 Tests, only four of which were lost.
"Since being selected for the first time for my country, this is an amazing recognition and I am proud of it. My whole dream since I was nine years old was to play for Australia. It was most extraordinary feeling. This is an acknowledgment of my career, so this is equally as great," the 82-year-old Davidson said.