Sydney Thunder head coach Joanne Broadbent has been recognised for her services to cricket in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia.
The former Australian vice-captain has guided the Breakers to five Women’s National Cricket League titles in six seasons and was also one of the finest cricketers to represent Australia at the highest level of the female game.
Broadbent played 60 One Day Internationals and 10 Test matches for her country throughout a distinguished career for the national team and her native South Australia. This included the triumphant 1997 World Cup campaign.
She served as vice-captain of the Australian Women’s team for three years between 1993 and 1996.
Her coaching career to date also includes two Women’s T20 titles for the Breakers and the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League crown with the Sydney Thunder in 2015/16.
Chief Executive Officer of Cricket NSW, Andrew Jones, said the recognition was richly deserved.
“She is easily the most successful women's coach in Australia and only one title behind (Sydney Sixers head coach) Greg Shipperd as the most successful, full stop,” Jones said.
“She continues to make a tremendous contribution to the game as a coach, pioneer and role model.”
Broadbent has served the game in many and varied capacities, fulfilling the role of a First Grade umpire in Brisbane after her retirement from playing and before becoming a coach.
Before joining the Breakers as Head Coach in 2012, her coaching apprenticeship included seven years with the Queensland Fire during which time she also coached the Australian Youth Team.
Broadbent is one of only seven female players, including four Australian women, to have scored 200 or more in a Test match.
The former allrounder is joined by current Breakers and Australian allrounder Ellyse Perry, former Breakers star Michelle Goszko, and fellow South Australian and Australian great Karen Rolton, as the only other batters to pass that milestone playing for Australia.
Between 1990 and 1998, Broadbent scored 437 Test match runs at the incredible average of 109.25 from just eight visits to the crease. She remains the only woman with a Test batting average over 100.
West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume is the only other person to achieve this feat after he scored 112 in his sole Test match innings against England in 1947/48.
Broadbent also posted 993 runs at 28.37 over a decade-long career in the One Day International arena until her last match in December 2000.
Her handy medium pace also proved valuable at the international level where she claimed 51 wickets across both formats with best figures of 5-10.
Joanne Broadbent OAM - services to cricket:
Cricket Australia -
Coach, Australian Youth Team, 2003 and 2008 and Assistant Coach, 2007.
Past Coach, Papua New Guinea Women's Team.
Qualified Cricket Umpire.
Australia Women's Cricket Team -
10 Test matches, seasons including 1989-2001 and 60 One Day Internationals.
Cricket New South Wales -
Head Women's Coach, Lendlease Breakers (state women's team), since 2012.
Head Coach, Sydney Thunder Women's Team (Women's Big Bash League), since 2015.
Cricket Queensland -
Head Women's Coach, Queensland Fire (state women's team), 7 years.
Coach, U17s and U19s Teams, 3 years.
Past Player/Team Member.
Cricket South Australia -
Team Member, 1988-2000.
Won national titles, 1991, 1992 and 1994.
Team Member, South Australian Under 21 Team, 1986-1987.