Michael Hussey
1975 | WA Player

Mike Hussey has become one of the legends of the modern era and is one of the most respected players in the game. After serving one of the longest apprenticeships in Australian cricket, Hussey made his Test debut in November 2005, 11 years after first playing for Western Australia, during which time he had accumulated over 10,000 First-Class runs.

A stylish left-hander, he made a century at the top of the order in his second Test before becoming a regular member of the Australian middle-order. In 79 Tests, he scored 6,235 runs at 51.5 with 19 centuries and was a member of the team that beat England 5-nil in the 2006-07 Ashes series.

He was also a cornerstone of the one-day international side between 2004-12, winning a World Cup in 2007. In 185 matches he made 5,442 runs at 48.1. At the time of his retirement from international cricket in 2012, he averaged 38.0 from his 38 T20 internationals, including a 24-ball 60 not out that took Australia into the 2010 World Cup Final.

Twice a member of winning Sheffield Shield teams, Michael played 112 matches for WA, scoring 8,007 runs at 41.1 with 16 centuries and highest score of 223 not out. Renowned for his level of concentration and accumulation of runs, he scored three triple centuries in English county cricket, the only Australian do have done so. His devotion to his craft, saw him earn the nickname, ‘Mr Cricket’.

Peta Verco (nee Cook)
1956 | WA Player, Coach and Administrator

A product of regional Western Australia, Peta Verco went on to become the State’s most capped female Test cricketer. She made her Test debut against India in Perth in 1977 as a medium pace bowler, batting at number nine. She later became a compact right-hand opener while a shoulder injury resulted in her becoming an off-spin bowler.

In 13 Tests she scored 765 runs at 40.3. Her highest score – 105 against India in Ahmedabad – came in a four-Test series where she averaged 61.2. She also claimed 21 Test wickets at 23.4. Verco played 20 one-day internationals, winning two World Cups in 1978 and 1982.

She was a stalwart of the WA team for over a decade, scoring 1,956 runs at 29.3 and capturing 65 wickets at 26.1. She also captained and coached several women’s clubs in Perth and was a leading administrator within the sport. Her outstanding contribution to the game saw her awarded Honorary Life Membership of the MCC in 2017, the fifth Australian woman to be accorded the honour.

Dr Karen Read
1959 | WA Player, Captain, Coach, Selector and Administrator

The name of Karen Read is etched indelibly in the history of women’s cricket in Western Australia. In a distinguished career, Karen’s selfless leadership led to the significant growth and success of the game in Western Australia.

An elegant right-hand bat, penetrating medium pace bowler and athletic fielder, Karen led WA to its first-ever Australian Open Age Championship in 1987 and guided WA to two Under 21 championship titles.

Karen represented Australia at Test and ODI level, twice captaining Australia’s Under 23 and Under 25 teams, and was a member of the victorious Australian team in the 1982 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Karen was the first woman from WA to captain any Australian cricket team.

Karen was co-founder and is a Life Member of the Melville Women’s Cricket Club and held the record for most appearances and runs in Western Australian Women’s Cricket Association (WAWCA) history, winning numerous batting awards. In 20 years of service Karen was a club delegate, committee member and President of the WAWCA.

Karen Read became a Life Member of the WAWCA in 1996 and the WACA in 2015.