As cricketers with resources to hand, we have the opportunity to support our sport in making a tangible difference
On Saturday 4 January 2020, my local cricket club was smack bang in the middle of the hottest place on earth, with Penrith in Sydney reaching a scorching high of 48.9C. The devastating bushfires of that summer saw kids’ matches and Big Bash League games alike postponed or even cancelled due to the smoke haze, as players played through toxic air.
I turned up to watch a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG and was unable to see the ball because the smoke was so thick. There was even a concern it could delay the start of Australia’s third Test against New Zealand.