Ashes: Australia-England – Scott Boland Debut In Melbourne ‘Huge’ For Hosts – Pat Cummins

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Australian Test captain Patrick Cummins surprised the media on Christmas Day by revealing that Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland will be called into the team for the third Test against England, which will be played at his home stadium of Melbourne.

After Jason Gillespie, Boland will become only the second Indigenous Australian to play for the men’s Test team.

Faith Thomas and Ashleigh Gardner have represented Australia in women’s Test cricket, while Daniel Christian, D’Arcy Short, and Hannah Darlington have represented Australia in limited-overs cricket. That’s the whole list of national teams from the past 144 years.

“It’s huge,” said Cummins. “Dizzy (Gillespie) was the first. That’s huge. In Australia we have a rich history of 50,000 or 60,000 years, and it’s great that’s started to be reflected in our team.

“He’s really excited obviously, he’s dreamed to wear the baggy green, but also a packed MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), Boxing Day, it doesn’t get any better.”

Source: BBC Sport

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