Australia teammates back Ash Gardner over January 26 stance about playing Twenty20 against Pakistan

Ashleigh Gardner’s teammates say the star all-rounder has coped well with the online abuse she copped for her stance about January 26, as the team head to Hobart for their controversial Australia Day fixture against Pakistan.

The Indigenous star made headlines when she admitted her discomfort with playing on Thursday, saying it was a day of hurt and mourning.

Gardner will play, but the team as a collective have made clear they are united in supporting the 25-year-old’s stance.

The side will wear an Indigenous jersey, socks and wristbands for the match, and there will also be a smoking ceremony before play.

They have also labelled Gardner’s statement as brave, particularly given the abuse she copped online following her post.

Gardner on Tuesday was a dominant force on the field, as she hit three boundaries and a six in her unbeaten 30 from 19 balls in Australia’s series-opening T20 win over Pakistan.

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