Former Australian women's team cricketer and Medal of the Order of Australia awardee Melanie Jones was named as Cricket Australia's director on Wednesday. Melanie Jones starred for the women's team between 1995 to 2011 and has played five Tests and 61 ODIs in her international career. Melanie Jones vowed to strengthen the Board further and work towards making cricket and community bond in a manner in which it remains sustainable for generations to come.
Ï have much admiration for the work undertaken for the past 18 months in particular, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and testament to its place in the heart of the Australians", said Melanie Jones, as per reports.
Can’t wait to bring a lifetime of cricket experiences, conversations & connections to the board of @CricketAus. So appreciative for the chance to play a role in making cricket stronger, more enjoyable & inclusive for all on and off the field. #SportForAll https://t.co/aZh8JuNuhr pic.twitter.com/WGXifq1CQR— Mel 'MJ' Jones (@meljones_33) November 6, 2019
Steve Smith had come out to the middle at the fall of David Warner's wicket. Chasing a target of 151, the Aussies had got off to a good start as the opening pair of David Warner and captain Aaron Finch had added 30 runs before the southpaw was castled by Mohammad Amir in the quest of scoring quick runs. Warner's opening partner Finch did not last long either and the hosts were reduced to 48/2. Steve Smith then anchored the Australian run chase as he and Ben McDermott added 58 runs for the third wicket stand before McDermott was trapped in front of the wicket of Imad Wasim. Meanwhile, Smith ensured that the Aussies lost no more wickets as he took the responsibility of scoring the bulk of runs. In the end, his efforts paid off as Australia reached the target in the 19th over. Smith remained unbeaten on a 51-ball 80 at a strike rate of 156.86 including 11 boundaries and a maximum.