WE LOVE IT!
Cricket is one of the most popular games in Australia, and with the Christmas season here, many an Australian will get into the cricket spirit by breaking out the bat, ball and stumps for backyard and beach cricket with friends and family or spend the day at their local green watching their favourite team.
Adelaide is home to the world renowned Adelaide Oval. First established in 1871 with the formation of the South Australian Cricket Association, it has undergone a number of renovations with the most recent, and biggest, being completed in late 2014. The grounds have seen some of cricket’s greatest players such as Sir Donald Bradman, Imran Khan, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Hansie Cronje, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar, bat it out for the Ashes and other international and domestic matches.
In keeping with this history, on 15 February, 2015 the Adelaide Oval will host the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup quarter final between fierce rivals India and Pakistan as well as three pool matches. The game is attracting up to 20,000 international visitors to Adelaide so it promises an exciting and action-packed day!!
The World Cup will be the biggest sporting event in 2015 and is being played in 14 cities across Australia and New Zealand – Adelaide is looking forward to showcasing our newly renovated facility.
In conjunction with the World Cup, the South Australian Government has launched a cricket skills based program, announcing 15 school students from different areas in India selected as the Dream Team, to tour Adelaide, South Australia for 15 days in February in the lead-up to the India vs Pakistan match. The students were chosen over three month of trials and as part of their intensive training in Adelaide they will play matches with local high school student teams.
Cricket in South Australian Government Schools
As a popular sport, many of our schools offer cricket as either a Special Interest Program (requiring selective entry), specialised sporting program or as an extra-curricular activity. Visit the South Australian Government Schools website for information about studying at one of our schools.
Want to develop your cricket skills, or learn more about the game? Check out the following school profiles for more information about their cricket programs:
- Aberfoyle Park High School
- Adelaide High School
- Henley High School
- Mount Gambier High School
- Reynella East College
- The Heights School
You can also do a search for ‘cricket’ on our Choose a School page to find all the schools that offer cricket as an extra-curricular sports.