With an Australian Mum and West Indian Dad, cricket was likely always going to play a role in Melanie Jones’ life.
Jones played in a dominate era of Australian cricket that included winning two World Cups, two Ashes series and numerous world series and bilateral tours. During her playing days Melanie juggled her career on the field as well as working in cricket development in not only Australia but also South Africa and England.
After retiring from her playing career, Jones has focused on the next chapter of her professional career that has aimed to support, develop and expand opportunities and careers for women in sport both on and off the cricket field.
As a former talent manager of some of Australia’s biggest sporting stars, Mel has also worked and volunteered for various roles across women in sport task forces as well as joining the board of Bowls Australia.
In 2015 after becoming one of the four first ever female commentators to be included in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s most attended and watched cricket league, she moved full time into sports commentary in 2016.
Her inclusion into the men’s and women’s Big Bash broadcast lead to her becoming the first female cricket lead in the T20 format in Australia. This was then followed by the same accolade in the Pakistan Super League in 2017.
In 2018, Mel was announced as part of Fox Sport’s Cricket team, where she is a now part of the coverage alongside some of the biggest names in the game. As well our television screens, Jones continues to make regular appearances on the radio waves as part of various cricket broadcasts.
The following year, Mel continued to add more honours to her already impressive CV. In January of 2019, Jones was presented with one of Australia’s highest honours; the Medal of the Order of Australia for services towards cricket and the community. Later that year in November, Jones took on a new role as a Director on the board of Cricket Australia.
With a playing and work career that has included playing with, commentating on and interviewing some of the legends of Australian and International sport Mel can provide an entertaining story, emcee an event your present on numerous topics.