Cricket Australia responds after Indigenous star Ash Gardner’s criticism of January 26 game

Cricket Australia (CA) says scheduling a Twenty20 match on January 26 is an opportunity to continue an “ongoing education journey” with the Indigenous community, after all-rounder and Muruwari woman Ashleigh Gardner raised concerns about the fixture.

The second Indigenous woman to play Test cricket for Australia, Gardner said the day the first fleet arrived in Australia in 1788 was a “day of hurt and a day of mourning” for Indigenous Australians.

“Unfortunately this year the Australian women’s cricket team has been scheduled to play a game on the 26th of Jan which certainly doesn’t sit well with me as an individual but also all the people I’m representing,” she posted on social media.

“For those who don’t have a good understanding of what that day means it was the beginning of genocide, massacres and dispossession.”

After Gardner tweeted her concerns, Australian teammates Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt and Hannah Darlington all voiced their support for her stance.

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