Australian Captain Steve Smith and the one day squad called into Bowral from Canberra on their way to Sydney. This is the first time since the Museum was established 26 years ago that an Australian team has visited the Museum.
On such a significant visit, all the team members were treated to a private tour of the galleries by Museum Curator David Wells. The guys played with all the interactive displays and even handled a match used Bradman bat that Sir Donald used during the 1931-32 tour by South Africa to Australia.
Following last night’s victory at Manaka, Captain Steve Smith donated his playing shirt and pants to the Museum. Executive Director Rina Hore was ecstatic with the donation. Rina outlined that match used items are the anchors for future displays which trigger the public’s memory of matches, personal performances and entire series.
This generous donation by Steve Smith will enable the curatorial staff to connect the entire series with those players who visited today as the successful Australian one-day team.
The team was photographed alongside the life sized statue of Sir Donald Bradman in the courtyard gardens where Sir Donald’s and Lady Bradman’s Ashes were scattered by family members in October 2001.
This historic photo will take pride of place amongst the museum’s displays – a great day in Bowral.
Both Steve and Darren reflected on what they saw and also looked back at the fourth One-Day International of the Victoria Bitter ODI Series against India in Canberra and forward to Saturday’s final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia leads the series 4-0, the fourth win coming by 25 runs at Manuka Oval.
John Hastings spoke with media after the squad’s arrival in Sydney and he, too, looked back to the Canberra win, forward to Saturday, discussed the Melbourne Stars’ KFC Big Bash semi-final and reflected on the time spent in Bowral.
Peter Nevill spoke with media following his selection as wicketkeeper for the Test leg of the Qantas Tour of New Zealand, with matches in Wellington and Christchurch. If Australia wins the series it will rise to number one in the ICC Test Rankings.