Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
After unveiling indigenous shirts in the T20 Internationals against India, Cricket Australia has announced that the Player of the Match of the second Test between Australia and India will be awarded the Mullagh Medal named after the legendary Johnny Mullagh.
The medal titled ‘ Mullagh Medal ‘ is named after the former Skipper of the Australian first indigenous side that toured to the UK in 1868.
Johnny Mullagh, whose real name was Unnarrimin, captained the indigenous squad on their 1868 tour, playing 45 of 47 matches and was from all reports the ultimate all-rounder.
He was a skillful all-rounder and scored 1698 runs at an average of around 20 during the iconic 1868 tour.
Mullagh also bowled 1877 overs, 831 of which were maidens, and took 245 wickets at 10 apiece. He also donned the role of a part-time wicketkeeper and effected four stumpings during his career.
Cricket Australia with its 2019 Reconciliation Action Plan, continues to implement ways to not only improve the sporting relationship with the country’s indigenous population but to also recognize the achievement of indigenous players.
The Indian and Australian players have also formed a Barefoot Circle to respectfully acknowledge the country’s indigenous population ahead of the first ODI last month.
Meanwhile, India and Australia will lock horns in the Boxing Day Test at The Melbourne Cricket Ground beginning December 26.