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Aussie Cricket Crew around all year:

If you’ve got a young cricket fan in the house, don’t think the cricket season is over!
By Kirsten Anthony
Date: April 03 2014
Tags: cricket,
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Thanks to Aussie Cricket Crew, kids can now keep up-to-date with the latest cricket news, learn more about their favourite cricket heroes through articles and videos especially tailored for them enter fantastic competitions and play the new Aussie Cricket Crew game.

The new Bullseye Cricket game is available on the website as well as smart devices and lets children enjoy the fun and excitement of cricket all year round with batting, bowling and three-over game plays. Kids can select their player avatar and their favourite team kit from a choice of the different forms of the game – Test, one-day, international T20 and Big Bash T20.

The game is lots of fun! Players can go for the big hits with massive 4s, 6s and bullseye targets helping to home aiming and judgement skills, and bowlers can practice spin and pace bowling, and choose the best delivery and timing to bowl out the opposition. (Chances are ‘big kids’ will like it too!).

Bullseye Cricket is free to play and has been developed by Cricket Australia to encourage children to become more involved with cricket as a fan and a player.

“Research showed us that amongst children aged 5-15 years, cricket did not list in the top 5 activities of interest,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson told Motherpedia. “Our aim is to grow interest in cricket amongst both young girls and boys aged 5-12 years.

“The best way to build the fans of the future is for them to play cricket as a kid and provide an avenue to help build the passion for the sport as a fan,” the spokesperson said.

When the real cricket season comes along, there are now a number of short-format versions of the game for children. These include MILO in 2CRICKET for 5-7 year-olds, MILO T20 Blast for 8-12 year-olds.

“These programs help develop essential skills of batting, bowling and fielding, staying healthy and active on the field and having fun playing and interacting with friends of a similar level,” the spokesperson said. "They don’t have the same time requirements of the traditional form of the game, so they are more appealing to kids and their busy parents."

The Aussie Cricket Crew website also has news on ‘come and try’ days for young players nationally as well as the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime such as being a flag-bearer for international matches.

Approximately 465,000 5-12 year-old children play some form of cricket according to the most recent data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Cricket has enjoyed average annual growth of more than 14% in the past five years. 

Australia is hosting the Cricket World Cup from 14 February – 29 March next year. Tickets are now on sale at cricketworldcup.com

5 things cricket will do for your child

  • Promote discipline, self-assurance and responsibility
  • Develop coordination, strength and decision-making skills
  • Provide positive interaction with other children and adults
  • Teach the ability to think about how to over come an obstacle
  • It's also outdoors - and fun!
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