Cricket Australia's (CA) national talent manager Greg Chappell has said they are quite serious about bringing in more aboriginal talent in the national team.
Of the 432 baggy greens handed to Australian men, only one has been worn by a player acknowledging indigenous heritage i.e. Jason Gillespie, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The former Test fast bowler said he always knew of his background but did not realise its significance until it was revealed in a newspaper report that he was the only aboriginal player to ever in the Australian team, adding he was surprised to know that.
Gillespie added CA would love nothing more than an indigenous player and, with all due respect to himself, they want a full-blooded indigenous Australian playing in the Test side.
Chappell, who spent two days casting his eye over the current crop of state representative players, said CA is quite serious about it, adding there was a big contingent from different departments here this week, not least of which is game development, which is really important because they have got to get indigenous kids involved in the game as early as possible.
Chappell added none of them are happy about the fact that they are only aware of one indigenous player having played Test cricket and that is Gillespie.
Chappell said they had a number, probably a handful, that have played first-class cricket, a couple playing currently in Josh Lalor and Daniel Christian, adding it's nowhere near enough when you consider the talent pool that's there. (ANI)