Scott Boland with the ICC World Cup 2022 Trophy Tour to Uluru

Scott Boland is only the second Indigenous man to have played Test cricket for Australia and is pushing hard for the game to be introduced in remote communities.

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Scott Boland is only the second Indigenous man to have played Test cricket for Australia and is pushing hard for the game to be introduced in remote communities.

Cricket may be Australia's national sport, but it was a new awakening for the young Aboriginal people who faced Scott Boland in the shadow of Uluru.
Boland only discovered his Indigenous ancestry later in life and, following his historic Test debut, it has now become his ongoing mission to introduce cricket to remote Aboriginal communities where the game was not yet played. never played
The few students at Nyangatjara College in the township of Mutitjulu, near Uluru, may not know Boland from his 6-7 win over England on TV, but now they will forever remember him as 'Wati Wara', the 'big man ' - who spent hours on the red clay, teaching them how to hit and throw.
Once on Tuesday, while fishing in the bush for his own cricket ball that had been smashed by one of the boys for six, Boland spotted a tennis ball that had been hit quite incredibly out there seven months ago when Ash Barty was bringing tennis to Uluru.
It was symbolic of the lasting impact such a visit can have as Boland, himself the second Aboriginal man to play Test cricket in 140 years, won the Australian-held ICC's Twenty20 World Cup trophy for boys and girls who have to be there. the future of cricket.
"I think that's the best way to make the game grow. There are so many opportunities to grow the game in communities like this when you come here and there are kids who probably haven't played as much cricket in their life," Boland told News Corp.
Uluru is more of a family name than a geographic location, and Boland sat down with the family elders on Tuesday to hear their story, or "Tjukurpa," which translates to behaviors for life in English.
The seniors stressed that they are not dwelling on the past but are focused on the future and while not looking back might seem like a giant leap for a man with a Test bowling average of 8, the news hit a real one Nerve three... Test Hero Boland.
Australian cricket legend Shane Watson and his nine-year-old son Will, a big Boland fan, also made their way to Uluru as the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup trophy made its way through the country ahead of Australia on October 22 his campaign started at the SCG against New Zealand, tickets available now.
"In a way it's sad that there are still parts of Australia where cricket isn't actually played," Watson said.
“It is extremely disappointing that cricket has not really been able to penetrate indigenous communities. We see the great athletes in the AFL and NRL and it is shocking to hear that only two men (Boland and Jason Gillespie) of Indigenous background have played for Australia in Test cricket.
"Everyone talks about how everyone 'claims' (Aboriginality) so they can do this and that, but they don't talk about the people who are ashamed of it or who can't speak because of their families. I think she sets a very good example of embracing her story and identifying with herself.
"The community here is made up of huge AFL fans so it's really important that successful Indigenous athletes from other codes come here because you never know, maybe it's going to expose someone where they go, 'wow'.
"Scott donated all his gear here which the kids will love."
Originally published as Cricket 2022: Scott Boland on a mission to bring the national game to the heart of Australia