When the warm weather hits and the long summer afternoons set in, cricket becomes part of the Australian social fabric and lifestyle. From impromptu beach games and backyard bowling, to days in front of the TV watching our national players, cricket is an important part of the national culture and social life. A Sydney summer’s just not complete without a good dose of cricket!
If you’re visiting Sydney, then do as the locals do and set aside some time for some cricket. The hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) comes alive with fans from all walks of life and is a great day out.
Here are some of the biggest games coming to Sydney. Get your tickets now!
– The Vodafone Fifth Ashes Series. The Ashes Test cricket series is played between Australia and England. The series dates back to 1882, and represents one of the biggest rivalries in international cricket – both Australians and the English take this Test very seriously! The 5 Test matches are played between November 25th and January 7th, and the games last 5 days at a time. The 2010/2011 Ashes Series are played in 5 destinations. The first Test is played in Brisbane, the second in Adelaide. The third is played in Perth, and the infamous Boxing Day Test Match is held in Melbourne. Sydney hosts the fifth Test match, held at the SCG from January 3rd to January 7th. You can get a ticket for the whole 5 days. Or, if one day of cricket is enough, you can buy daily tickets. There is a range of Sydney accommodation that is within easy distance of the SCG.
– One Day Internationals. Sydney will host two one day international games between Australia and England. These games are part of the Commonwealth Bank Series played over January and February. The Sydney games will be played on Sunday, January 23rd and Wednesday, February 2nd at the SCG.
If you can’t make it to one of the games in person, don’t worry! There are pubs all over Sydney airing the games. Or, you can watch from the comfort of your own home or your accommodation in Sydney.
Once you’ve picked up a few tips from the professionals, head down to a Sydney beach for another Australian tradition and play a friendly game of beach cricket. If you’re coming to Sydney in summer, then you have to watch and play cricket. It’s just not summer without it!
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