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Former Australian star Jason Gillespie joins calls for national day to MUDE starting January 26

Former Australian star Jason Gillespie joins calls for the national day to be MOVED from January 26 … with the country’s ONLY indigenous male cricketer insisting that the date of the start of colonization does not is appropriate

  • Jason Gillespie remains Australia’s only indigenous male test player to date
  • He believes that the anniversary of Captain Arthur Phillip’s landing is not appropriate
  • Scott Boland could end Gillespie’s time as Australia’s only indigenous cricketer
  • Former Yorkshire coach Gillespie, 46, now works as South Australia’s head coach


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Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has added his voice to calls for Australia Day to be moved from January 26 because it is not a date on the calendar for all Australians to celebrate.

Gillespie, Australia’s only indigenous cricketer, says the “brutal reality” is that the anniversary of Captain Arthur Phillip’s landing to begin the country’s colonization is not appropriate.

“It just isn’t and I just want people to listen, learn and understand exactly why this is not a day for Indigenous Australia to celebrate,” Gillespie said in an interview with SA Weekend magazine.

Jason Gillespie has added his voice to the calls for Australia Day to be moved from January 26

Jason Gillespie has added his voice to the calls for Australia Day to be moved from January 26

Former fast bowler Gillespie remains Australia's only indigenous cricketer to date

Former fast bowler Gillespie remains Australia's only indigenous cricketer to date

Former fast bowler Gillespie remains Australia’s only indigenous cricketer to date

Until three years ago, Adelaide, where Gillespie now works as South Australia’s head coach, hosted crowds as hosts of international cricket on Australia Day.

The 46-year-old’s position as the only 460-year-old male player of Aboriginal descent to wear the prized loose green cap could come to an end in the next Ashes, and Scott Boland is likely to be in the selection equations following the recent international retirement of His teammate in Victoria, James Pattinson.

Earlier this year, Cricket Australia removed the words “Australia Day” for a set of Big Bash League games, instead referring to them as “January 26”.

Cricket Australia’s First Nations Advisory Committee recommended to the governing body not to refer to January 26 as Australia Day as it is a day of mourning for many indigenous Australians, which CA agreed to.

Scott Boland could end Gillespie's time as the only male Australian player of Aboriginal descent

Scott Boland could end Gillespie's time as the only male Australian player of Aboriginal descent

Scott Boland could end Gillespie’s time as the only male Australian player of Aboriginal descent

Prime Minister Scott Morrison harshly criticized Cricket Australia for the decision, saying: ‘I think a little more focus on cricket and less on politics would be my message to Cricket Australia. I think that’s pretty normal. ‘

Gillespie made 169 appearances for Australia in total across all three formats in the decade between 1996 and 2006.

The former sailor still has the highest score of a night watchman in international cricket, celebrating the 15th anniversary of his 201 non-out against Bangladesh in Chittagong in April.

His coaching career to date has led him to Yorkshire to consecutively win the County Championship in 2014 and 2015, prior to a two-year stint in Sussex between 2018 and 2020.

Gillespie still has the highest score of a night watchman in international cricket after his 201 not out against Bangladesh in 2006.

Gillespie still has the highest score of a night watchman in international cricket after his 201 not out against Bangladesh in 2006.

Gillespie still has the highest score of a night watchman in international cricket after his 201 not out against Bangladesh in 2006.

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