Cricket Australia congratulates all those in the cricket community recognised today in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list. These individuals have been awarded the country's highest honours in recognition of their contribution and service to the sport.
WA Cricket Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for her significant service to cricket as a player and administrator, and to women.
Matthews has committed more than 50 years to cricket in various roles including playing 20 Tests and 47 ODIs for Australia, Chair of the Women’s National Selection Panel and as an administrator at Cricket NSW, Cricket Australia, and WA Cricket.
The former Australian wicketkeeper, who is Australia’s most capped female Test player, has also had a presence on many Boards and sub-committees benefiting women in sport.
After a twelve-year tenure, Matthews announced she would be stepping down from the role of WA Cricket CEO earlier this season.
Along with Matthews, Sylvia Faram was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to cricket administration, and to hockey.
During her time in cricket, Faram was President of the Australian Women’s Cricket Council, a Delegate of the International Women’s Cricket Council and Vice-President and President of the Victorian Women’s Cricket Council.
Former Australian cricketer Zoe Goss has also been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for her service to cricket.
Goss made her international debut in 1987 and featured in 65 One Day Internationals and 12 Test matches until 2000. She took 20 wickets at an average of 25 and made 280 runs at 23 during her Test career, and took 64 wickets at 19 and scored 1099 at an average of almost 30 runs in ODIs.
Goss represented Western Australia (80 matches) and Victoria (28 matches) in state cricket and held the captaincy for both teams for a period during her tenure. She famously took the wicket of Brian Lara in a Bradman Foundation charity match in 1994.
Following her playing career, Goss returned to WA Cricket as Assistant Coach of the WA State Women’s and Perth Scorchers Women’s teams in 2015. She was awarded WA Cricket Life Membership in 2014.
Cricket Victoria Life Member John Craig has also been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to cricket along with Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Association’s Peter Moore for his service to cricket in New South Wales, former Australian and WA cricketer Dawn Newman for her service to the community through Zonta International, and to cricket and Darwin and Districts Cricket Association’s Ralph Wiese for his service to secondary education, and to cricket.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's Chief Executive Officer, commended those in the cricket community who have been recognised in the 2024 honours list.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, I would like to congratulate each recipient for being awarded the country’s highest honours for their contributions to cricket,” Hockley said.
“It’s terrific to see Christina Matthews recognised on this year’s list. Her contribution to cricket across so many dimensions has been immense, and she has achieved so much as a player, coach and administrator of the game.
“Christina has been a visionary leader and change maker, most recently in Western Australia where the elite teams have thrived under her leadership. She has also driven greater investment and opportunities for women and girls at every level of the game.
“It is also great to see another of Australia’s most talented cricketers Zoe Goss recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list, and several other volunteers and administrators without whom the game simply wouldn’t be the same.”
List of 2024 Australia Day Honours recipients
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division
Ms Sylvia Faram
For significant service to cricket administration, and to hockey.
Ms Christina Matthews
For significant service to cricket as a player and administrator, and to women.
Dr Helen Elizabeth Parker
For significant service to health science and physical education.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division
Mr John Graham Craig
For service to cricket.
Ms Zoe Jean Goss
For service to cricket.
Ms Evelyn Marie Halls
For service to sports administration, and to fencing.
Mrs Isabel May Harkensee
For service to the community through a range of organisations.
Mr Peter Raymond Hille
For service to the community through a range of organisations
The late Mr Geoffrey Colin Jones
For service to the community of Mildura.
Mr Leo John McManus
For service to local government, and to the community of Nedlands.
Mr Peter Moore
For service to cricket in New South Wales.
Mr Bruce Lindsay Murray
For service to secondary education, and to the community.
Ms Dawn Newman
For service to the community through Zonta International, and to cricket.
Mr Michael Snell
For service to business, and to the community.
Mrs Ellen Elizabeth Stanmore
For service to the community of Dubbo.
Mr Ralph Clayton Wiese
For service to secondary education, and to cricket.
Mr William David Willis
For service to the community of Newcastle.
Dr Matthew Thomas Young
For service to community health