The cricketing culture of Australia is seemingly different than that of India. During an innings break in cricket matches held in Australia, fans are allowed to make their way on the field. Also on many occasions, the players standing at the edge of the boundary rope are seen signing autographs, something that hardly ever happens in India.
Infact, the Adelaide Oval is now giving a chance to the fans to watch the game from the roof-top. All in all, watching matches at stadiums in Australia is extremely spectator-friendly.
Very recently, some of Australia’s top players and coaches got involved with 500 school kids at the Sydney Cricket Ground to perform the biggest cricket lesson in the world and created a new Guinness World Record in the process.
The event was a part of the MILO in2CRICKET program, and top Australian cricketers like Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Hilton Cartwright and Meg Lanning among others took part in the event, with head coach Darren Lehmann as the lead. The Australian cricketers provided 30-minute cricket lessons where the kids batted, bowled and fielded their way into history books.
"It was a lot of fun out on the SCG today," Lehmann said. "It was certainly the most cricketers I've ever coached at one time. To help set a new world record is great, but it was just as exciting to see so many kids getting involved in our great sport."
In order to break the previous record of the biggest cricket lesson, 250 or more participants needed to take part in a 30-minute pre-approved cricket lesson, where all the kids performed the same activity at the same time. The event was overseen by the official Guinness World Records adjudicators in Australia, while 15 other witnesses were present at the venue to closely judge parameters like duration, head count, and participation.
Infact, the MILO in2CRICKET and the MILO T20 program attract over 600,500 participants each year in schools and clubs across Australia.
Mark Mackaness, General Manager Dairy for Nestlé Australia, said he was proud of MILO's continued commitment to grassroots cricket, which motivates kids to live a healthy and active life, while teaching them the values of sport.
"MILO has been part of the cricket journey for millions of kids around Australia since 1993 and we are excited to be part of this Guinness World Record attempt. We hope this will encourage even more kids to get involved in the game and register for their local MILO in2CRICKET club."
The event took place ahead of the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand to be held at the SCG on December 4.
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