Let’s face it, gays and lesbians have been discriminated in sport. Some players are dropped by sponsors and coaches have been fired. Imagine my surprise when I read that an Australian straight female cricketer complained that she was dropped from the national team BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT A LESBIAN.
The player in question is Denise Annetts who was born on January 30, 1964. For cricket enthusiasts, I will add that Denise was a right-hand bat and she bowled a right-arm, leg spin.
Denise made her test debut on August 1, 1987 against England’s women’s team. Opinions rank her a a fair player but not a consistently good player. In the 1983/4 season she made a half century, but in 1985 in a game against New Zealand she scored 26 runs.
A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually fifty. The Cricket World Cup is played in this format.
On her second Test appearance, Annetts came in to partner Lindsay Reeler with the score on 2/37 after Denise Emerson and Belinda Haggett had fallen early. The pair put on a record wicket partnership in Women’s Test cricket of 309 runs, with Annetts making her top score of 193, while Reeler finished on 110* These scores are impressive for Denise.The ControversyIn January 1994, she caused controversy by claiming her omission from the Australian team was because she was not a lesbian. The Australian Anti-Discrimination Board could not investigate the compliant as the discrimination law only protected homosexuals.