Helen Lee

Born 3rd January 1943 in Sydney, former left arm pace bowler for Australia, Helen Lee was a talented allrounder who played surprisingly little Test cricket.

Perhaps cricket is in the Lee blood, for Helen’s brother Terry played 27 matches for NSW. Helen’s own career began in January 1960 when she represented NSW in the Australian Junior championships, taking 4-12 against South Australia. Two weeks later she makes her first class debut in a match against Victoria.

Selected to tour with the Australian team to England in 1963, Lee was the “baby” of the team at just twenty years of age. Captain of the team Mary Allitt was thirty eight by comparison. The left arm pace bowler missed the first Test but made her debut in the second, at Worcester, where she took 3-24 and 1-15, and scored 25 not out batting at number ten.

In her only other Test, the third of the series, Helen scored 22 after being used as a night watchman. It was only a brief career and was over by 1964/5.