Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, the announcement is a great honour for the state’s cricketing champions, who will be part of the Baton’s journey as it travels across Australia for 100 days on its way to the Opening Ceremony.

The baton will have travelled 230,000km across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe since leaving Buckingham Palace in March and is expected to arrive in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

Voges and Villani will join the likes of Olympians Dawn Fraser, Sally Pearson and Grant Hackett.

The WACA congratulates both Voges and Villani on their selection for this significant moment in sporting history.