Women's Test pioneer dies, aged 95

Norma Johnston, who was Australia's oldest living Test cricketer, has died aged 95.

Known at the time as Norma Whiteman, the fast-bowling allrounder played seven Tests for Australia's women's team between 1948 and 1951.

The 27th player to represent Australia in women's Test cricket, Johnston scored 151 runs at an average of 21.16 and took 22 wickets at 17.26.

"Always indebted to those before us for the foundations and showing us the joy in the game. A mountain of thanks to Norma," women's Test great Mel Jones tweeted.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley also labelled Johnston a pioneer of the sport, as did several other players.

"She was passionate about cricket, her home town of Bathurst and the many women who would follow in her footsteps representing their state and country," men's captain Pat Cummins said.

"Her contribution to Australian cricket and the friendships she made with so many within the game will live on forever."