Helen Plimmer

Born on June 3rd 1965 in the Solomon Islands, former England Test and ODI captain, Helen Plimmer was the eleventh Test captain.

Opening the batting for England in her debut ODI series in the Women’s European Championship in July 1989, Plimmer played three matches in the series and by the time the same competition came around in 1991 she was captain of England, scoring a half century in the final against Denmark. Seven months later she is leading England in the Shell Tri Series against New Zealand and Australia. And then she makes her Test debut…

It is not uncommon for a Test player to be captain in their debut Test, but one can imagine it to be a fairly daunting task as she became England’s 11th Test captain. In a low scoring encounter at Wanganui she led her team to victory and subsequently a series victory for the new skipper. It went downhill in a one off Test against Lyn Larsen’s Australian team at North Sydney. And that signaled the end of Plimmer’s Test captaincy.

Part of the 1993 winning World Cup team a Test tour to India and a semi final in the 1997 World Cup, Helen Plimmer occupied a spot at the top of the order for England for nearly a decade.

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