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Gardner named women's National Indigenous Captain

04 July 2017

Sixers WBBL play Ashleigh Gardner has been named as the women's National Indigenous Captain.

As part of Cricket Australia’s celebration of NAIDOC Week, WBBL|02 Young Gun and Sixers player Ashleigh Gardner has been named women's National Indigenous Captain.

Gardner’s achievement has been acknowledged with her name engraved on the honour board in the foyer of the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane alongside the likes of Australian captains Meg Lanning and Steve Smith.

It is another milestone in 2017 for the fledgling career of Gardner following a breakout season in the WBBL, T20I and ODI caps for Australia and becoming the first ever indigenous woman to represent Australia at the World Cup.

Additionally, extended squads were named in the first step toward 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.

Sixers WBBL|02 player Haylee Hoffmeister joins Gardner in the women's team and Sixers Academy players Jonte Pattison and Nathan Price were selected in the men's team.

“Cricket Australia is committed to deepening our engagement with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities,” said Andrew Ingleton, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Game and Market Development.

“Over the last four years we have seen participation numbers for Indigenous Australians increase from just 8,000 in 2013 to more than 50,000 today.”

Greg Chappell, Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager, 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," said Chappell.

"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 [men's National Indigenous Captain] and Ashleigh Gardners." 

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 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

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 

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