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Gardner named Aboriginal XI Captain

10 April 2018

Sydney Sixers allrounder Ash Gardner will lead the women's Aboriginal XI squad on a commemorative tour of England in June to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that toured the UK.

The tour will feature a total of nine matches against Surrey, Sussex, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will be played at some of the grounds that hosted the original team of Aboriginal pioneers 150 years ago.

Gardner said leading the tour, the first ever by an Indigenous women's team to the UK, was a great honour.

"Being able to represent my culture is really special and all the girls are really excited to do that too," she said.

"They all understand this is a big moment in their careers and for me to be able to captain a team that is inexperienced in terms of international tours but one that is ready for that competition is a big moment in my career as well."

The 1868 side, which also famously played a Boxing Day clash at the MCG in 1866, became the first Australian team in any sport to tour internationally when they played 47 matches throughout England across a six-month period.

Gardner will captain a young squad with an average age of 20 featuring former Sydney Sixers allrounder Haylee Hoffmeister and Sydney Thunder teenager Hannah Darlington.

Cricket Australia also unveiled the teams' uniforms, which incorporates the commemorative artwork titled 'Walkabout Wickets' designed by Aunty Fiona Clarke. He great-great-grandfather Grongarrong (Mosquito) was one of the stars of the 1868 team.