23/04/2024

Scott Boland celebrates his wicket on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test. (Photo: cricket.com.au)

Indigenous cricketer Scott Boland became the recipient of baggy green 463 on Boxing Day. He hopes that he can be a role model for all young indigenous cricketers

In what was seen as a shock selection, Scott Boland was handed baggy green number 463 in front of his home fans, in the third Ashes Test at the MCG.

The Victorian became the second indigenous male behind former South Australian paceman Jason Gillespie to play test cricket for Australia.

The Victorian didn’t have to wait long as Australia geared up to bowl as captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bowl on what were ideal conditions for bowling.

Speaking to the media at stumps on day 1, Boland spoke about how nervous he was before bowling his first delivery in test cricket.

“I was obviously really nervous before my first ball and had Nathan Lyon tell me I only got one chance to join his club of getting a wicket on the first ball, but it wasn’t to be today,” smiled Boland.

The paceman toiled away and was quite unlucky throughout the day. It wasn’t until the third session where Boland finally struck gold and sent the ball thundering into the pad of English paceman Mark Wood.

“I was really excited when the finger went up and the only thing I was doubting was if it was maybe bouncing over, but the guys behind the wicket were certain that it was hitting the stumps. I was pretty confident it, very confident that it hit pad first.”

“All my teammates really got around me which made it really special. When I went down to the boundary the crowd was going nuts.”

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The 32-year-old paceman was put to the test in other ways on day 1, having to settle under two outfield catches off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

“I was quite nervous and didn’t pick up the first one too well, but was really happy to take them and then heading to those stands who were going nuts.”

On boxing day, Boland became the fourth indigenous Test cricketer to play for Australia behind Faith Thomas, Jason Gillespie, and Ashleigh Gardner and is very proud to be named in this group.

“Obviously pretty proud, my family is proud as well. It means a lot to join a pretty small club and hopefully, it’s just the start of something big for the indigenous community in cricket,” said a humbled Boland.

“Lets hope I can be a role model for young indigenous kids to want to play cricket. I think the indigenous community in AFL and Rugby are so big, that hopefully one day Aboriginals in cricket are just as big.”

“Hopefully that the more cricket at a high level and more exposure that we can give indigenous cricket I think the numbers will grow.”

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