Field of dreams for Mullumbimby cricketers
FORMER Australian cricketer and World Cup winning captain Jodie Fields hosted a coaching clinic at Mullumbimby Public School yesterday.
Despite retiring three years ago, Fields still plays a crucial role in the sport as the female operations manager for the Australian Cricketers Association.
Part of that included playing a leading role in securing the recent significant pay and conditions deal for female and male Australian cricketers.
Fields, 33, still holds her position and is starting to make her presence known on the Far North Coast after moving to Alstonville recently.
"A large part of my role was to improve the remuneration side of things with health cover that would set the girls up for life after cricket,” Fields said. "There is a lot of options for women in sport now and I just wish I could be 17 and do it all over again.
"I travel a fair bit, doing work with our elite female players, and today I get to take some of the girls from a Mullumbimby team who have done really well in cricket.”
Fields, originally from Toowoomba, retired as one of the most successful Australian cricket captains, having led her side to the 2012 ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the 2013 ICC World Cup.
She left the team ranked number one in the world in One Day Internationals and Twenty20 cricket.
She tore her hamstring off the bone while batting in a domestic match in 2010. She worked hard in her rehabilitation, with her goal being to return for the 2010 ICC Women's World T20 in the West Indies.
She re-injured herself, slipping on wet concrete while recovering from the injury, and so was forced to watch the Australian side go on to win the tournament from the sidelines.
Fields returned to captain Australia to a second successive ICC Women's World Twenty20 title in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
"Jodie gave a really good talk about resilience, determination and persistence at our sport awards and that epitomised her as a cricketer,” Mullumbimby Public School principal David Lees said. "We've had a female cricket team here for five years now and on two occasions we've made the state quarter-finals.”