Cricket News by Shane Dell 12/01/04
Australian cricket fans have the opportunity to view two of Australia’s most treasured items of cricket memorabilia this summer as part of the 2004 Travelex Cricket Roadshow, launched in Melbourne during the first match of the VB One Day Series on January 9.
Sir Donald Bradman’s 1948 baggy green cap, worn in his last Test against England and the 2003 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup trophy go on display together for the first time as the Roadshow tours Australian capital cities and regional venues from 9 January to 21 February 2004.
The Roadshow, which proved an outstanding success last summer, will also feature a number of interactive elements for fans to be involved in the exhibition.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the Roadshow was part of Cricket Australia’s plans to share and reinforce the history, tradition and culture of cricket.
“This is a rare opportunity for Australian cricket followers to view first-hand two of Australia’s most treasured items from our proud history,” said Mr Sutherland.
“We are fortunate to have the continued support of Travelex in allowing this exhibition to travel around Australia for all fans to experience and enjoy.
“This is the first time that Sir Donald Bradman’s baggy green cap will be on display and to that end we are extremely appreciative to the cap’s owner, Mr Tim Serisier, for generously agreeing for the cap to join the Roadshow.
“The Roadshow is a wonderful way to celebrate and spread the spirit of cricket.
“Australian fans warmly embraced this joint initiative last year and we encourage cricket followers again to visit the display and share in part of Australia’s rich history and our recent success.”
Travelex Australasia Managing Director Mr Stephen Rix said: "Travelex are very pleased to be able to showcase the Travelex Cricket Roadshow for the second successive year.
“Through our on-going partnership with Cricket Australia, we have the opportunity to interact with cricketing fans across the country and offer them a chance to see at first hand Sir Donald Bradman's baggy green cap and the 2003 ICC World Cup.
“In addition, Travelex have introduced a range of interactive elements, competitions and prize give-aways. We hope the people of Australia will enjoy what the Travelex Cricket Roadshow has to offer in 2004.
“We would like to thank Cricket Australia and all of our other partners in their continued support of this initiative. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Roadshow in the coming weeks."
Australia successfully defended the World Cup in South Africa last March, defeating India by 125 runs in the competition final. The win secured Australia a record third ICC Cricket World Cup title.
Sir Donald’s 1948 baggy green Test cap was bought at auction in London last year by Mr Tim Serisier, who invited the Melbourne Cricket Club to accept custodianship of the cap to ensure it was available to as many Australians to see first hand as possible. All parties agreed that the Travelex Cricket Roadshow was an ideal way for this to happen.
The Travelex Cricket Roadshow began on 9 January with the start of the VB Series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It travels to Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, before its scheduled completion at the women’s international cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at Bankstown Oval in Sydney on 21 February.
For a list of places where you can visit the Roadshow, check out the following links to find your nearest location and when it will be there.