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Sep 19

Jan Brittin obituary

Cricketer who scored five Test hundreds, a total not yet beaten in the women’s game

Jan Brittin, who has died of cancer aged 58, was the highest Test match run scorer in women’s cricket, a record that is likely to stand for the foreseeable future given that women’s Tests are less numerous than they once were.

A calm, elegant and quietly confident opening bat, Brittin amassed 1,935 runs in Tests for England between 1979 and 1998, and for some years also had the highest tally in international one-day cricket – 2,121 – until her compatriot Charlotte Edwards surpassed that total in 2003. Edwards idolised Brittin, and their careers overlapped by a couple of years. But they played in significantly different eras – Brittin, initially at least, in the be-skirted days of Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and Edwards in a time of trousers and Twenty20.

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