Australian women’s cricket team reach out to firefighters and bushfire affected communities

Cricketing streets have been busy with matches and entertaining encounters. The women’s world cup around the corner has had the fans and pundits up on their toes. The hosts Australia have seen an unprecedented summer in the pitch and in their backyards.

 

Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux and Meg Lanning visiting the Monaro fire control centre in Cooma. Picture: RFS
Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux and Meg Lanning visiting the Monaro fire control centre in Cooma. Picture: RFS

 

With a successful WBBL and remarkable Ashes, the Aussie fans are unexpectedly tensed with the off-field bushfires extending to all parts of the country. Nonetheless, the Australian sporting fraternity has risen to the occasion. Legends like Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting have joined hands to fight with one of the detrimental natural calamities on Aussie soil. Millions of creatures are reported to have died while million and more people must leave their original habitat.

Women have not kept themselves far from the game and have marked their presence in the payback. Recently, a 16-year old batter has been selected for the veteran all-stars game featuring veterans of the game from throughout the globe. Further, players from the national side are out for their community too. Students from Cooma North Public School were delighted to see their sheroes amongst them.

However, it was the members of rural fire service that Meg Lanning, Perry, and Molineux thought of greeting. Reportedly the fire Orroral Valley has turned 15,000 hectares of land into ash. Shockingly, portions of the Kosciuszko National Park are under the covers of fire from weeks. According to local news portals, the national players had only marked their presence but had also gone to the control room. The control room has sights of logistical support for preparing a fire ground. The visit to the local school was scheduled after interaction with firefighters.

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Moreover, the trio also took part in a community meeting in Numrella. The international stars were seen assisting people in preparing meals for the firefighters. Firefighters were rejuvenated to see the stars and said that support from such individuals helps highlight the plight of one part of Australia to the nation. They also believed that efforts such as these helped in highlighting the great Australian community. Interestingly, the players with firefighters had taken the central in the assembly of the school children.

The questions were not directed to cricketing strategies but also on fire safety. The firefighters thought it was unexpected for them to get hero welcome along with the sporting icons. The Australian skipper Lanning acknowledged the devastation and said, “We just have to deal with it, with the fires going on there’s a lot of devastation around the country and they’re the people we need to worry about and support.” It is remarkable for stars who have earned so much from the people giving back to the community when it needs the most. After all, players are one of us.

2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – Australia

Warm-ups

February 15: Australia v West Indies, Allan Border Field
February 18: Australia v South Africa, Karen Rolton Oval

Tournament

February 21: Australia v India, Sydney Showgrounds
February 24: Australia v Sri Lanka, WACA Ground
February 27: Australia v Bangladesh, Manuka Oval
March 2: Australia v New Zealand, Junction Oval
March 5: Semi-final 1, SCG
March 5: Semi-final 2, SCG
March 8: Final, MCG

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