In a historic move, Cricket Australia (CA) appointed former international Melanie Jones as its new Director on Wednesday. Jones, who made her debut for Australia in 1997, becomes the first female elected to the CA Board having been nominated by Cricket Victoria.

She won her first of two World Cups in 2005. She registered her first Test century on debut (131), in her first of the two successful Ashes campaigns (2004).

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

The 47-year-old was also recognised earlier this year with one of country’s highest honours, the Medal of the Order of Australia, for her services towards cricket.

In a career spanning 1995 to 2011, Jones played for Surrey County, Essendon Maribyrnong Park premier club, and Victoria and Tasmania at State level. She has remained an active participant holding various television commentary and presenting roles domestically 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 are privileged to have her join the Board.”

“Australian Cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years and I’ve no doubt Mel’s experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase,” he added.