This Sunday, the Australian Women’s Cricket Team will face the English in the first of many games to win back the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes.
The team of 11 women have worked tirelessly. Carving out a reputation of success, fortitude and sports(wom)anship on the world stage. All this in a field where women, too often, are forgotten.
“Gone are the days when people said women couldn’t play cricket, that it was a man’s job,” media trailblazer, and long-time equality advocate, Ita Buttrose said in a statement issued by Cricket Australia today.
“These cricketers have proven to everyone that is not the case and are creating their own legacy.”
The team is competitive but quietly confident. “We have a big task ahead of us but we are looking forward to taking on England in front of a home crowd,” Australian Women’s captain Rachael Haynes said.
They are grateful, but determined. “I’d like to thank all Australians for their support and reinforce that we will do everything we can to retain the Ashes for our country,” Haynes continued.
Most importantly, they have a nation of powerful women behind them.
“Time and time again the team has proven they are a force to be reckoned with on the international stage,” Olympic Gold Medalist, Cathy Freeman said. “The pressure will be on them and I wish them all the very best.”
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“It is wonderful to see the Australian Women’s Cricket Team showing the world what they are made of, they are at the top of their game ahead of the Ashes,” Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice said. “The girls are fantastic role models for aspiring young cricketers who hope to play in an Ashes series one day.”
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“Our women’s cricket team is a shining star in Australia’s sporting firmament. I am proud to support these women,” Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja said. “My daughter Cordelia and I will be cheering for these fine sporting heroes. They are inspiring, elite sportswomen.”
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“I am thrilled to support our Australia Women’s Cricket Team,” founder of Boost Juice Janine Allis said. “They have the talent, they have done the work and they are passionate.”