Former Australia women cricketer turned commentator Melanie Jones has been appointed as Cricket Australia (CA) director.
Jones debuted in 1998 and represented Australia in 61 ODIs and five Tests. She is also a renowned commentator.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with the Board to strengthen cricket’s bond with the community and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the next generations,” Jones said.
The 47-year old had a long illustrious cricket career that commenced from 1995 and lasted till 2011. She has played for Surrey County, Victoria and Tasmania and was part of the teams that won the 1997 and 2005 World Cups.
Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings is of the view that Jones experience will prove to be valuable to the board.
"Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years and we are privileged to have her join the Board.
Can’t wait to bring a lifetime of cricket experiences, conversations & connections to the board of @CricketAus. So appreciative for the chance to play a role in making cricket stronger, more enjoyable & inclusive for all on and off the field. #SportForAll https://t.co/aZh8JuNuhr pic.twitter.com/WGXifq1CQR— Mel 'MJ' Jones (@meljones_33) November 6, 2019
“Australian Cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years and I’ve no doubt Mel’s experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase,” CA chairman said.
Jones also received Australia's coveted honour, Medal of the Order of Australia, earlier this year. She has served previously as Director of Bowls Australia - a sport where the goal is to roll biased balls so that they halt near a smaller ball named a "jack" or "kitty" - from 2014 to 2017.
Moreover, she worked with Victorian State Government Women in Sport and Recreation Taskforce back in 2014 and is an ambassador with Australian charity, Red Dust.
An advocate for the promotion of women's cricket and with proven administrative experience, it will be safe to say that she will add value to the board.
"I have much admiration for the work that has been undertaken over the past 18 months in particular, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and testament to its place in the hearts of Australians," Jones added.