Sydney Thunder’s BBL06 Indigenous captain Brendan Smith has been named in the 2017 National Indigenous Squad alongside former Thunder players Josh Lalor and Jonte Pattison.
Cricket Australia has today announced both the men’s and women’s squads that will for the upcoming high performance camps and matches in preparation for next year’s tour of the United Kingdom.
“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.”
The naming of the extended squads 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.
Brendan Smith scored an unbeaten century during Thunder’s Indigenous T20 tournament against the Sydney Sixers held in Orange last November.
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.