“That was the pathway that I took, it was a pathway that I really enjoyed and it was certainly good for my cricket but some other girls might not have liked to do that so it’s great that there’s now other pathways for them to go through. The structural overhaul of the developmental pathways girls traverse from junior participation programs and competition through to club, state and potentially national level is but one of the elements designed by CA to deliver greater access to the game for females. In addition, CA is working closely with organisations such as School Sports Australia to ensure there is more clearly defined structure around events including State and national junior championships, and has assumed oversight of representative competitions for those aged 18 and above to help ensure the pathway aspirations for women are met. Related: Read James Sutherland's speech at a UN International Women's Day breakfast at the MCG. “It’s an exciting time for all countries but particularly Australia as we open up opportunities for girls to simply play the game.”, Belinda Clark in action during her playing days. In May, the ECB handed out 25 regional retainer contracts in addition to the pre-existing England central contracts, enabling a greater pool of cricketers the chance to be paid to play. And before you press your buzzer and shout ‘Ian Craig’ or ‘Ricky Ponting’, a further hint is it’s the same person who holds the record for the fastest ODI century for Australia. Merse: Partey 'number one signing of summer', 'A desperate position' - Nev's damning Man Utd verdict. He previously wrote for the Guardian, The Australian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Hindu and Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and is the author of, Read James Sutherland's speech at a UN International Women's Day breakfast at the MCG. Pathways and Talent. Ref Watch: Were Kane, Salah pen calls correct? “We’ve got some really exciting plans for the women’s Big Bash League. Former Australia player Christina Matthews has achieved significant on and off-field success as Chief Executive of the Western Australia Cricket Association, and in 2012 Jacquie Hey (formerly Chief Executive of communications giant Ericsson in Australia and New Zealand) became CA’s first-ever female Board member. “So in a structural sense it’s really important, but it’s also a mindset shift. Andrew Ramsey is the senior writer for cricket.com.au. “I started playing in the backyard with my younger sister and my dad as well, and that’s where the love of the game was fostered for me,” Lanning recalled of the path she charted to the pinnacle of the game in Australia.
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