‘I could be facing Shane Warne’: Teen superstar Phoebe Litchfield in awe at Bushfire Bash call up

Sport has been an integral part of any society. All civilizations have had a sporting culture of their own. In modern times, we trace a new aura and fame rise around the sporting areas. No game has seen it more than cricket. For a game with comparatively younger leagues and faces, cricket has attained love from all playing nations indiscriminately. However, as any sportsman and player would tell, all fame and name to the game have found its way from the fans. This realization has made players the face of adverse times when they deliver their duties to their societies.


Teenager Phoebe Litchfield (left) was told she by Alex Blackwell she had been picked to play in Cricket Australia's bushfire appeal game.CREDIT:GETTY
Teenager Phoebe Litchfield (left) was told she by Alex Blackwell she had been picked to play in Cricket Australia’s bushfire appeal game.CREDIT:GETTY

Similar adversity has fallen onto Aussie soil where the country faces unprecedented fire in its wildlife. Bulletins have highlighted an unimaginable loss of animals and other resources. Million of koalas have died and other million people have been displaced from their homes. In times like these, the heroes of the society have stood tall with loads of charities and visits to thank the firefighters.

Cricket Australia has coordinated a charity match featuring the legends. The sole purpose of the veteran face-off shall be to promote donations and raise funding for firefighting. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are expected to draw large hands to help. Nonetheless, there is more news for fans. The encounter will not only ask the community to step up and help Aussies fight, but it shall also show the world that women are no less.

In surprising yet pleasant news, Phoebe Litchfield from Orange is all set to play with the greats of the game in the noble fundraiser match. To add a cherry on top of the cake, she is just 16 years and her partnership with all-time greats can inspire women from the whole globe to step out with bats and balls. Expressing her joy, she had understood call from Alex Blackwell as a wrong dial. The 16-year old batting sensation has shared the dressing room with Blackwell in the Sydney Thunder camp.

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She was excited about her inclusion in the squad for the match of 8th February. Cricket fans can have a feast on 8th with a BBL final lined up after the fundraising match. Not only this, the Australian and Indian women team will also meet before the fundraiser as part of their respective international schedules. Litchfield is supposed to play on for the same cause as greats like Shane Warne and Yuvraj Singh.

Interestingly, she was just three when Warne left the red ball and test matches forever. Further, she is also part of General’s XI against India. It is no wrong to say that when the teen batting sensation returns to her school for her 11th standard studies, a lot of eyes and chatter will follow her. Fans and lovers from throughout the globe can only hope that she gets the eyes of other aspirants who wish to wear their national jerseys.

Shubham Kumar

A student who enjoys studying cricket more than anything else, keen to learn the insights of the women’s game.

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