Jane Smit

Jane Smit is a former England Test, ODI and T20I player whose primary role was as wicket keeper, but also handy with the bat.

Born on  24th keeper as England’s keeper at the time was Lisa Nye. Jane batted at number eleven and made a single run in each innings.

It was a quiet debut for the player who would become England’s leading wicket keeper in Test cricket. In 21 Test matches took 39 catches and 4 stumpings to give her 43 dismissals. (She is second only to Australia’s Chris Matthews (58) in all-time Test dismissals by a keeper.) With the bat Jane scored 554 Test runs at 24.08 with a top score of 69.

Jane’s ODI debut came in the World Cup of 1993 against Denmark at Banstead in Surrey. Her first catch, one of three for the match was the Danish captain Mette Frost off the bowling of Clare Taylor. It was the first of 69 catches in her 109 ODIs and combined with her 45 stumpings gave a total of 114 dismissals, second highest for England behind Sarah Taylor (138) and fourth highest overall. She also scored 1003 runs 17.91 with a high score of 91.

Her career drawing to a close when T20 Internationals commenced, Jane played in the very first match between England and New Zealand and played a total of four. She played in four ODI World Cups and a total of 134 international matches for England.

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