Mel Jones was a superstar on the field and is now one of the most in demand media hosts off it.
Mel was born in the UK, she moved to Melbourne with her Mother at a young age and her West Indian father stayed in the UK.
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 Mel 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. 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 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 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.
Mel is a regular when it comes to getting involved in charity work and initiatives surrounding equality. Mel is currently an ambassador for Victoria University, Red Dust & Change Our Game.
I want to make it (sport) as inclusive as possible for everybody and it has been shut off to a lot of people for a very, very long time.
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