Former player Melanie Jones was named director of Cricket Australia

SYDNEY Cricket australia on Wednesday he named former international Melanie Jones as its director.

Jones debuted for Australia in 1997 when he joined the team and won his first of two World Cups (2005). The following year he saw her do her first Test Test in her debut (131), in her first of the two successful Ashes campaigns (2004).

I am excited to have this opportunity to work with the Board to strengthen the cricket bond with the community and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the next generations, Jones said.

The 47-year-old woman was also recognized earlier this year with one of the highest honors in the country, the Medal of the Order of Australia, for her services towards cricket.

Jones' cricket race spanned from 1995 to 2011 when he played for Surrey County, the premier club Essendon Maribyrnong Park and Victoria and Tasmania statewide. She has remained an active participant with several television comments and presenting papers nationally and internationally.

Welcoming Jones, Cricket australia Chair Earl Eddings said the former World Cup winner's experience will serve as an asset to the board.

Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years and we have the privilege of joining the Board.

Australian Cricket has undergone a significant change over the past two years and I have no doubt that Mel's experience on and off the field will be an advantage for the team as we move forward in our next phase, he added.