Dean Jones Makes Sense

The Jones boy is one of the greats of Australian cricket. He has played the game and been Captain of Victoria, he knows what he is talking about. If anyone know the game it’s Dino. I heard him on Melbourne radio when Iwas on the way the Footascray markets.

Halfway there I decided not to go to the cricket. I could not bear to hear the Abba style singing, and have to look at those sunburnt pasty skinned, overweight, and over here barmy army bodies, waving their flag being borish, blowing their horn and looking foolish. They abviously got lost on their way to olympic park. I guess it had been a rather slack horn for 27 years, and it was on the rise now, even though it may be a short blow.

I am also disappointed in the administrators, they are very quick to ban the wave but allow some clown to blow out of tune notes on a horn for days on end. Well what have us aussies got going for us, no wave, no shoes, no shirt, no problem. We are left with “aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi”, time we put that to bed. Lets get a few didges, clap sticks and boomerangs, a few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags and feel proudly Australian.

Dean Jones made the point on radio that there has not been enough work and money put into the development of Aboriginal cricketers. Dean asks why, and makes a further point that there must be Aboriginal players capable of being groomed to play for Australia.  Jason Gillepsie was a fine example of a great player, retired out of the Australian team before his time.

The only Aboriginal development is the sponsored CAAMA and Impaja Cup, held every year in Alice Springs, Central Australia. It is mildly successful, with teams coming from all states to play a knock out series. But like all things that have a focus on Aboriginal development, there is politics involved. There has been a move to undermine this successful event and move it to Brisbane, with another name and another sponsor. It is far better to support the event in Alice Springs, improve it and get behind it. Sources close to the movers and shakers say that the local cricket establishment are not really supportive of the all – black focus. Even though this is the only substantial money going into black cricket development, the Alice Springs establishment wants to have more control over the competition and access funds for their clubs.

There are other well known former players of  the Australian team who support Aboriginal cricketers. Matthew Hayden, Ian Chappell and Len Pascoe have been good supporters and there has been others. Chapelli at times has really served it up to the administrators. In the end it is up to Cricket Australia to lead the way.

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