Sir Donald Bradman, The International Cricket Hall of Fame, Bowral, NSW
In Australia, it’s just not summer without cricket. We play it at our picnics and barbeques, in our backyards, on our beaches, roads, in parks and world-class stadiums. Indoors, the Australian cricket team with their trademark baggy green caps, dominate our television screens. In Australia, cricket is almost a religion, uniting players and fans from all walks of life.
It’s not just Australia that’s cricket-obsessed from November to February. Cricket-lovers across the world avidly follow the Australian season, which pits Australia against other top cricketing nations in matches in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. The competition is made up of test matches which last from three to five days, one-day internationals and the Twenty20 series – where each team plays an innings and is bowled 20 overs. In a typical test match, play starts at 10am and finished at 6pm. The one day internationals and Twenty20 matches can start in the afternoon and draw into the later evening.