101 Facts About Alex Blackwell


Alexandra Joy Blackwell was born on 31 August 1983 and is a former professional cricketer who played for New South Wales and Australia as a specialist batter.


Alex Blackwell made 33 runs at 33.00 in her debut season as New South Wales won the WNCL.


Alex Blackwell made her Test debut in a two-match series against England immediately afterwards, hitting a half-century in the latter fixture.


Alex Blackwell is the 142nd woman to play Test cricket for Australia.


However, Alex Blackwell made only 48 from four Test innings during the subsequent tour of England and was unable to cement her place in the Australian team.


Alex Blackwell earned a recall midway through the subsequent Rose Bowl series against New Zealand.


Alex Blackwell made another fifty later in the series, followed by consecutive half-centuries against New Zealand, ending the international season with 389 runs at 43.22.


Alex Blackwell continued her strong form in the WNCL, scoring 372 runs at 62.00.


Alex Blackwell made consecutive fifties in the two warm-up matches and then scored 190 runs at 38.00 as Australia came fourth in the 2009 World Cup.


Alex Blackwell had a poor ODI tour of England, making single-figure scores in all five matches, before returning to Australia to score 489 runs at 61.12 in the WNCL, including two centuries, as New South Wales won for the fifth consecutive time, and making 191 runs at 47.75 in the T20 tournament.


Alex Blackwell led Australia in the Rose Bowl series in early-2010 after regular captain Jodie Fields was sidelined due to injury.


Alex Blackwell was born in Wagga Wagga, but raised in Yenda, a small rural town outside of Griffith, New South Wales.


In March 2000, Alex Blackwell was called into the New South Wales team for the under 17 interstate competition.


New South Wales won all of their eight matches to claim the competition and Alex Blackwell ended with 149 runs at 37.25 and seven wickets at 17.00.


Apart from one duck, Alex Blackwell reached 30 in her remaining five innings to aggregate 207 runs at 41.40.


Alex Blackwell returned to senior duty and again had little to do in the lower order as her state's leading batter encountered little difficulty with opposition bowlers.


Alex Blackwell was at the crease, unbeaten on 12, as New South Wales reached their target in the second match with four wickets in hand, having not been required to bat in the seven-wicket win in the first final the day before.


Alex Blackwell played in eight matches but was only required to bat four times for a total of 33 runs at 33.00 and bowled seven overs without success.


Alex Blackwell made her maiden half-century at senior level in the next match, scoring 74 not out to guide her state of a five-wicket win over Victoria.


Alex Blackwell then made three single-digit scores before rediscovering form in the last two round-robin matches against Western Australia, making 36 and 38.


Alex Blackwell made only 14 and 17 as New South Wales lost both of the finals, ending their run of six WNCL titles in a row.


Alex Blackwell made her debut in Australia's second match, against England, but neither batted nor bowled in a seven-wicket win.


Alex Blackwell was left out of Australia's fourth match, against England, but returned for the last two qualifying matches.


Alex Blackwell ended her first international series with 54 runs at 27.00 and four wickets at 8.50 at an economy rate of 2.61.


Alex Blackwell is the 97th woman to play One Day International cricket for Australia.


Alex Blackwell was then joined by Julie Hayes, who scored 18 of the remaining 28 runs required for victory.


Alex Blackwell was nine not out and was at the crease when the winning runs were registered with five wickets in hand, having batted for 85 balls in 85 minutes.


Alex Blackwell added 136 in 226 minutes for the fifth wicket with Lisa Sthalekar before being dismissed for 58, having hit six boundaries from 236 balls.


Alex Blackwell was then run out twice for 26 and 23 in the two matches against reigning champions Victoria, as New South Wales tied one match and lost the next by four wickets.


Alex Blackwell retained her position in the national team for the Rose Bowl series, which consisted of three matches each in New Zealand and then Australia.


Alex Blackwell played in only the third match in New Zealand and did not bat in the seven-wicket win, before being omitted for the first match at home.


Alex Blackwell scored two in a 14-run win in the opening match in Mysore and was dropped for the next match.


Alex Blackwell was recalled for the third match in Mumbai, run out for a duck in a six-wicket defeat.


The tourists won the next two matches to seal the series, but Alex Blackwell was not prominent.


Alex Blackwell was not required to bat in the third match and was run out for 13 in the next.


Alex Blackwell made 19 in the sixth ODI and was dropped for the final match of the tour, ending the series with 34 runs at 8.50.


Alex Blackwell returned to Australia needing a strong end to the WNCL season to ensure selection for the 2005 World Cup in South Africa.


Alex Blackwell was not required to bat in a seven-wicket win in the first match before making 13 and 24 as the reigning champions were dismissed for 71 and 109, losing the last two matches by five wickets and 50 runs respectively.


Alex Blackwell ended the season with 214 runs at 26.75 and this was enough to secure retention in the national team despite her poor results during the Indian tour.


Alex Blackwell was not required to bat as Australia reached their target with eight wickets in hand.


Alex Blackwell scored 10 not out, helping to complete the closing stages of a five-wicket win.


Alex Blackwell struggled in both innings, making five and nine and scoring at a strike rate of 20 or less in both innings.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 48 runs at 12.00.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 84 runs at 28.00.


Alex Blackwell then played in Australia's inaugural Twenty20 international at the County Ground, Taunton, only the second international match in the history of the new format.


Alex Blackwell was not required to bat as Australia won with seven wickets in hand.


Alex Blackwell made only three in the next match as New South Wales fell for 154 and lost by three wickets, before scoring 10 as her state made 146 and won by two runs to claim the WNCL.


Alex Blackwell took three catches but made only one in the first ODI.


Alex Blackwell only made 19 in the next match but was retained for the third and final ODI, top-scoring with an unbeaten 63 in a nine-wicket win.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 83 runs at 41.50.


Alex Blackwell returned for the final four round-robin matches and made 42,17,74 and 4 as New South Wales won all four matches.


Alex Blackwell was not effective in the three finals against Victoria, making a duck in a one-wicket win in the first match before scoring one as Victoria levelled the series with an eight-wicket triumph the following day.


Alex Blackwell added 79 in a 182-run victory the following day.


Alex Blackwell ended with 315 runs at 52.50 in her six-match stint.


Alex Blackwell then made 11 in a three-wicket loss to the hosts, leaving Australia in danger of missing the final.


Alex Blackwell was retained but made a duck and 18 as Australia won their next two matches against England and New Zealand.


Alex Blackwell was then omitted from the two remaining round-robin matches and the final, which Australia won by six wickets.


Alex Blackwell ended the tournament with 54 runs at 13.50.


Alex Blackwell was retained in the Rose Bowl series held in tropical Darwin in July 2007, the middle of the southern hemisphere winter.


Alex Blackwell made 75 not out and 52 against South Australia, followed by 60 and 55 against Victoria.


Alex Blackwell made 42 in the penultimate round-robin match but otherwise failed to reach double figures in the last four matches.


Alex Blackwell made 10 as Australia won the T20 international against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by 21 runs.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 178 runs at 44.50.


Alex Blackwell made one as Australia batted first and reached 154 in their first innings before conceding a 90-run first innings lead.


Alex Blackwell made 15 and took two catches as the hosts won the T20 by four wickets.


Alex Blackwell failed to capitalise on her starts for the county, registering scores of 41,22,0,39 and 30 in her five one-day innings for a total of 132 runs at 26.40.


Alex Blackwell had little impact in the T20s for Rubies, making four and a duck.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 65 run out in the seven-wicket win in the final match.


Alex Blackwell ended the season with 372 runs at 62.00.


Alex Blackwell then made 59 and 37 in the next two matches as Australia levelled the series; the fifth and final match was washed out.


In two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka, Alex Blackwell made 91 not out and 56 retired; Australia won the matches by 25 and 230 runs respectively.


Alex Blackwell made 22 and took three catches as Australia defeated South Africa by 61 runs.


Alex Blackwell then scored 46 not out in a 47-run win over the West Indies.


Alex Blackwell then made seven run out in the win over Pakistan by 107 runs.


Alex Blackwell made 38 not out in Australia's final Super Six match against England, and although the hosts won by eight wickets, it was not enough for them to place in the top two in the standings and qualify for the final.


Alex Blackwell was selected for Australia's team for the inaugural Women's World Twenty20 held in England in 2009.


Alex Blackwell was not required to bat in an eight-wicket win over the West Indies.


Alex Blackwell ended the tournament with 64 runs at 32.00.


Alex Blackwell played in all five ODIs, and had a torrid time against the English bowling, scoring 7,3,0,0 and 5.


Alex Blackwell started with a 38-ball 7 in Chelmsford and had a series of slow-scoring single-digit innings, ending the series with a strike rate of 19.73.


Alex Blackwell played in the one-off Test match at County Road in Worcestershire.


Alex Blackwell ended her first series as captain with 178 runs at 44.50.


The hosts won the last two matches in New Zealand convincingly by 59 and 17 runs; Alex Blackwell made 9 and 8 as the Australians were bowled out for 73 and 98.


Alex Blackwell ended the series with 94 runs at 18.80.


Alex Blackwell made 8 and 44 in last two matches in Invercargill to complete the clean sweep.


Alex Blackwell had thus led Australia to eight consecutive ODI wins over New Zealand.


Alex Blackwell led the team at the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies and captained in every match after Fields was again forced out by injury.


Alex Blackwell batted at No 4 in all but one match.


Alex Blackwell then came in at No 4 and top-scored with 44 from as many balls as Australia lost by 18 runs.


Alex Blackwell did not bowl herself as the Australians defeated Pakistan by 82 runs.


Alex Blackwell had put on 22 runs in 16 balls with Sthalekar.


Alex Blackwell caught Shanel Daley from the bowling of Sthalekar as Australia won by nine runs to finish the group stage unbeaten at the top of their quartet.


Alex Blackwell ran out opposing captain and all rounder Jhulan Goswami, one of three wickets to fall in the 17th over bowled by Ellyse Perry.


Australia were set a target of 120, and Alex Blackwell promoted herself to No 3 after opener Elyse Villani fell for a duck in the first over.


Alex Blackwell reached her fifty in 37 balls and was eventually out for 61 from 49 balls with 17 runs still required from 28 balls for victory.


The Australians reached their target with seven wickets and seven balls to spare, and Alex Blackwell was named the player of the match.


Alex Blackwell batted for the rest of the innings, getting to a total of 67 and steering Australia to victory in the final over of the match.


In February 2018, Alex Blackwell announced her retirement from international and state career.


Alex Blackwell featured in 251 matches across all three formats in a career spanning for 15 years.


Alex Blackwell has written that she sees herself as having been a "good international cricketer", but not a "great" one.


In 2013, Alex Blackwell came out as lesbian, the second international player to come out during their playing career after England's Steven Davies.