Waugh and Gillespie captain opposing sides for ATSIC match
CANBERRA, March 11 (AFP) - Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie will captain opposing sides for the historic indigenous cricket match at Manuka Oval here on April 19.
The Australian skipper will head the Prime Minister's XI while Test paceman Gillespie will captain an ATSIC chairman's XI in the 40-over match.
Prime Minister John Howard and ATSIC chairman Geoff Clark said they were delighted the two players, who have both contributed to the success of the world record-breaking Australian team, had agreed to lead their respective sides.
"Steve (Waugh) expressed a very strong interest as soon as he heard about it during the Sydney Test (in January) and we had a talk after the Test," Howard said Sunday.
"We rearranged the date of the game so that any of the players that were playing in India would be back in Australia and they could participate."
Howard said Waugh was interested in opening up opportunities for indigenous Australians to play cricket.
Clark said the first Australian side to tour Britain were Aborigines from his district in southern Victoria in 1868 and he looked forward to seeing more first-class indigenous cricketers.
"I'd like to proudly announce Jason Gillespie will be captaining the Aboriginal side, the chairman's side, on that day," he told reporters.
"This is a year of celebrations and I think that we can knock off the world champions."
Clark said about 100 young Aboriginal cricketers wanted to play in the match.