The Most Important Moment Of The Boxing Day Test Didn't Even Happen On The Field
As usual, the Boxing Day Test produced many memorable moments... but this year's most pivotal moment wasn't what you'd expect.
It didn't happen on the field - it was during the ad breaks between play.
Iconic Australian sporting anthem C’mon Aussie C’mon rang through homes across the country, evoking a sense of national pride and nostalgia.
But the 2019 edition stars an all-female cast. Great menacing fast bowler, Denis Lillee, has been replaced by ICC Female Cricketer of the Year, Ellyse Perry, and World Series Cricket by the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup.
The reprised version of the 1978 war cry gives a nod to the trailblazers ... Betty Wilson, Raelee Thompson, Belinda Clark and Lisa Sthalekar, while current heroes of the game Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney feature alongside leading lady Perry.
Lyrics which once read “Lillee pounding down like a machine” have progressed to “And Healy’s hands, they’re pretty hard to beat. Then, of course, there’s Perry. Whose skills are kind of scary”
Sure it’s an advertisement. Commonwealth Bank has a long-standing relationship with Cricket Australia. But this is more powerful than your standard cheesy endorsement campaign.
The hope is this jingle will inspire the nation to get behind Australia at the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in February.
The hashtag #FilltheMCG has begun gaining traction on social media. The goal: 100 thousand people at the tournament final on International Women’s Day on March 8.
It would break the world attendance record for a standalone women’s sporting event. The current record stands at 90,185 achieved at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the US and China at California’s Rose Bowl.
Pop star Katy Perry is all about girl power and has put her hand up to fly down under and perform at the final.
The Aussie women have long been world-beaters.
They possess four of the six Women’s Twenty20 World Cup crowns. While the world T20 title still eludes Australia’s men, the women are currently the top-ranked side on the planet, defending champions and head into the tournament red hot favourites.
Now, they are beginning to be rewarded for their hard work and success. The International Cricket Council has increased the prize pool by 320 per cent on the 2018 tournament.
The winners will receive almost $1.5 million... and in a giant leap toward pay parity, Cricket Australia recently announced it will top up any prize money won by the women to ensure they are compensated as handsomely as the men. Now that’s something to cheer about.
So c’mon Aussie c’mon... show up. Because when females feel supported, they can achieve anything.