England cricketer Janette ‘Jan’ Brittin is no more! She was fighting cancer and passed away on Tuesday (Sept 12), aged 58.

Till date, no other cricketer could break her record of being the highest run-getter as well as the scorer of most centuries in women’s Test cricket.

The trailblazer had a remarkable journey in the cricket field – from 1979 to 1998.

The former England cricketer scored 1935 runs in 27 Tests and 2121 runs in 63 One-Day Internationals. She scored five centuries each in Tests and ODIs.

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Brittin is also the top-scorer with 48 in England’s 1993 World Cup final, when England defeated New Zealand at Lord’s.

“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,” said Ebony Rainford-Brent, Brittin’s club Surrey’s director of women’s cricket, in a statement.

“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 added.

The legendary cricketer was showered with tributes on social media as well.

Clare Connor, former England captain and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s director of women’s cricket, said, “JB was one of the most quiet and unassuming cricketers you could meet, but she was pure class. An outstanding cricketer and a truly lovely person. 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.”

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