Twelve talented NSW cricketers have been named in the National Indigenous squads as part of Cricket Australia’s celebration of NAIDOC* Week.

Amongst them is Ashleigh Gardner, currently on duty in England with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, who has been named National Indigenous Captain. Gardner will captain the extended female Indigenous squads for their upcoming high performance camps and matches in preparation for next year’s tour of the United Kingdom.

The naming of the squads, which includes eight female and four male players from NSW, is the first step on the road to the 2018 tour of the United Kingdom for both the men’s and women’s Indigenous teams as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

In naming the squad this morning, Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager Greg Chappell reflected on the rapidly increasing pool of Indigenous players performing at high levels all over the country.

"In recent years, we have seen a noticeable rise in Indigenous cricketers coming through the talent pathway. Now more than 60 male and female indigenous cricketers are playing First XI Premier Cricket and several are having an impact in the WBBL and BBL.

"All players who have been selected in these squads are not only great cricketers but also strong Indigenous role models who, I have no doubt, will inspire the next generation of Dan Christians and Ashleigh Gardners."

The women’s squad will take part in a high-performance camp from 5–11 August at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.

2017 National Indigenous Squad (Women)

Ashleigh Gardner (Captain), NSW

Carly Fuller, QLD

Christina Coulson, QLD

Clodagh Ryall, QLD

Emily Martin (Bowden), WA

Emma Manix-Geeves, TAS

Hannah Darlington, NSW

Haylee Hoffmeister, NSW

Jacinda Goodger-Chandler, VIC

Jemma Astley, NSW

Kavita Pepper, WA

Maddison Greenhalgh, NSW

Marinda Hale, VIC

Molly Ward, VIC

Natalie Plane, VIC

Roxanne Van-Veen, NSW

Sally Moylan, NT

Samara Williams, WA

Sara Darney, NSW

Zoe Fleming, NSW

 

The men’s squad will play a series of matches in late August against a Queensland XI, Papua New Guinea and the National Performance Squad, while the women’s squad will take part in a high-performance camp from 5–11 August at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.

2017 National Indigenous Squad (Men)

Dan Christian (Captain), VIC

Alex Melville, QLD

Ben Abbatangelo, VIC

Brendan Smith, NSW

Brendan Doggett, QLD

Cameron Trask, QLD

Damon Egan, VIC

Dane Ugle, WA

D’Arcy Short, WA

Jonte Pattison, NSW

Joshua Lalor, NSW

Liam Ward, TAS

Nathan Price, NSW

Nick Boland, VIC

Rhys Ward, TAS

Ryan Lees, TAS

Sam Doggett, QLD

Scott Boland, VIC

Zac Chapman, NT 

 

*NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.