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Former New Zealand cricketer Kirsty Flavell slammed the first double century in women’s Test cricket

During the first Test of New Zealand Women’s tour of England in 1996, Kirsty Flavell became the first woman to score a double century in a Test match as she scored 204 in their first innings at the North Marine Road Ground in Scarborough, England. The four-day Test match ended in a draw.

Since then, seven more cricketers have scored a double century in women’s Test cricket. 

Joanne Broadbent (Australia, 2008), Michelle Goszko (Australia, 2001), Karen Rolton (Australia, 2001), Mithali Raj (India, 2002), Kiran Baluch (Pakistan, 2004), Ellyse Perry (Australia, 2017) and Tammy Beaumont (England, 2023) have hit double centuries in women’s Test cricket.

Double century in women’s Test cricket: Get full list

Player

Runs

Team

Opposition

Ground

Year

Kirsty Flavell

204

New Zealand Women

England Women

Scarborough

1996

Joanne Broadbent

200

Australia Women

England Women

Guildford

1998

Michelle Goszko

204

Australia Women

England Women

Shenley

2001

Karen Rolton

209*

Australia Women

England Women

Leeds

2001

Mithali Raj

214

India Women

England Women

Taunton

2002

Kiran Baluch

242

Pakistan Women

West Indies Women

Karachi

2004

Ellyse Perry

213*

Australia Women

England Women

Sydney

2017

Tammy Beaumont

208

England Women

Australia Women

Nottingham

2023

Kirsty Flavell | Australia

Kirsty Flavell etched her name into history books as she broke the record for the highest individual score in women’s Test cricket in 1996. The New Zealand star surpassed the previous record of 193 held by former Australian cricketer Denise Annetts. Flavell later went on to score the first double century in women’s Test cricket in the same match against England Women in Scarborough. Flavell was dismissed for 204 as New Zealand Women posted 517/8 in reply to hosts’ 414. The opening Test of the series ended in a draw.

Joanne Broadbent | Australia

Australia’s Joanne Broadbent joined this illustrious list in 1998. The southpaw became the second cricketer to score a double century in women’s Test cricket during Australia Women’s tour of England. After England Women posted 414 in their first innings, the visitors rode on Joanne Broadbent’s 200 and Mel Jones’ 131 to record 569/6d. The first Test of the series ended in a draw.

Michelle Goszko | Australia

Another Australian cricketer Michelle Goszko achieved the incredible feat during Australia Women’s tour of England in 2001. Michelle Goszko scored a brilliant 204 to help the visitors post 344 after initially bowling out England for 103. The hosts were once again bundled out for 101 as Australia won the first Test by an innings and 140 runs. Michelle Goszko was adjudged the Player of the Match for her match-winning double hundred.

Karen Rolton | Australia

Australia’s Karen Rolton became the fourth player to score a double century in women’s Test cricket in 2001. After bowling out England for 144 in the first innings of the second Test in Leeds, Karen Rolton scored an unbeaten 209 off just 313 balls to guide the visitors to 383/4d. England Women could only manage 245 in their second innings as Australia went on to register a nine-wicket victory.

Mithali Raj | India

Mithali Raj is the only Indian cricketer to score a double century in women’s Test cricket. The right-handed batter slammed 214 against England Women during the second Test of India’s tour of England in 2002. Mithali Raj’s first double ton was laced with 19 fours. The match ended in a draw.

Kiran Baluch | Pakistan

Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch scored her double century in women’s Test cricket against West Indies Women in Karachi in 2004. While opening the innings during the one-off Test, Kiran Baluch became the first Pakistani woman to score a double century in Test cricket. She was later dismissed for 242, registering the highest individual score in women’s Test cricket. The Karachi Test ended in a draw.

Ellyse Perry | Australia

Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry hit the first double century in Women’s Ashes. During the day-night Test against England Women in 2017, Perry scored an unbeaten 213 to help the Aussies post 448/9d in reply to England’s 280. Perry’s double hundred included 27 fours and one maximum. The Sydney Test ended in a draw.

Tammy Beaumont | England

England’s Tammy Beaumont is the latest cricketer to score a double century in women’s Test cricket. Beaumont slammed the first-ever double hundred by an England woman in Tests against arch-rivals Australia during the Women’s Ashes series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in 2023. After Australia scored 473 in their first innings, England rode on Beaumont’s 208 to post 463 in reply. However, Beaumont’s double century went in vain as Australia won the Test by 89 runs. 

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