Summer in Australia…. Heat, the realisation that asphalt has a liquid form and CRICKET. No not the insect, the sport. Cricket is in my 100% biased opinion the best sport in the world closely followed by AFL (Australian Football League). Cricket is a sport that almost every Australian stops and takes the time to watch or at the very least gets involved with. In fact in my opinion cricket is one of the essential building blocks of our culture. This love of Cricket transgresses society right into my psyche to the point where it is an annual ritual that is taken with the utmost importance. Along with this comes the attending of games whether they be test matches, one day internationals, T20s or the Big Bash League. This year I have already attended a Big Bash Game and it was AWESOME.
My dad, sister and I all took off in the early afternoon towards the SCG and hour and a half south of our place. It is here that we joined around 20000 other fans to watch the first home game of the Sydney Sixers season. Due to the fact that this game was an afternoon game we had to deal with the heat and unrelenting sun that is the Australian summer however that was only a minor inconvenience that we had to deal with whilst watching the cricket live which featured some well known Australian players including Nathan Lyon, George Bailey, Shaun Tait and Brad Haddin. The game was awesome and the Sixers enjoyed a comprehensive victory largely thanks to Nathan Lyon and Brad Haddin. Who spun and hit the Sixers to victory.
In Australia cricket is synonymous with spending time with family and friends. By all enjoying cricket we all get to spend time together cheering for the same thing and booing at the same things. It is a time where backyard cricket is prevalent and families enjoy the rivalry of bowling an uncle first ball whilst letting the young cousins get out 4 or 5 times before finally taking the bat off of them. Get outside play some cricket and remember that spending time with your family is the aim of this season.