What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with an Aussie barbecue and a friendly game of backyard cricket. This year, Optus, with the support of Cricket Australia, is helping everyone bypass the arguments on the biggest cricketing date in the calendar with the launch of Optus’ official Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rule Book.
For one day a year Aussies everywhere can rest assured knowing that backyard bust-ups are a thing of the past. In a break from tradition and with the independent expertise of one of the legends of the game, international cricket umpire, Billy Bowden, Optus has created the official Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rule Book.
Billy Bowden, Optus’ official Australia Day umpire, said, “If you want to see the heart and soul of cricket, then look no further than the nearest backyard, cul-de-sac, driveway or quiet street on Australia Day.”
“The beauty of backyard cricket lies right there in its simplicity and now Optus is helping people everywhere keep it simple and enjoy their day that little bit more with the official Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rule Book,” said Billy.
Optus’ Top Ten Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rules
Check out Bowden in action and brush up on the rules before Australia Day:
- Six out and you have to fetch it
- One hand one bounce
- If the ball becomes covered in excess slobber from the family pet, the bowler is solely responsible for cleaning the ball
- The batter is out if the ball gets stuck in clothes hanging on the clothesline
- The batter is out if the ball is hit into the swimming pool on the full
- Any ball that is hit on a nominated tree (by the host) on the full, is deemed out caught ‘Graeme Wood’
- A batter cannot be dismissed on the first ball unless it is Australia Day and the batter is a ‘Pom’ or a ‘Kiwi’
- Sledging is permitted, but limited to personal in nature and must be directed at a family member or friend
- In situations where the batter is a Pom, the bowler is permitted to tape one side (only) of the tennis ball when bowling to assist with swing
- If a Kiwi’s batting, multiple people may bowl at the same time
Request an UberUMPIRE
This Australia Day, Optus and Uber are launching UberUMPIRE to help adjudicate backyard matches across the country. Cricket lovers, patriotic Australians and those keen for a laugh can request the service of Billy Bowden or one of more than fifty professional umpires to help uphold the rules in their very own backyard cricket match.
- Download and open the Uber app on Tuesday 26th January.
- Slide across to the UberUMPIRE view
- Request an ‘UberUMPIRE’
- Download Optus’ Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rule Book
Umpires are available 11am to 3pm on 26 January 2016 in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide and will preside over approximately 20 minutes. We can’t guarantee everyone who requests an umpire will get one, as they’re going to be really popular.
Never miss a match
Just because you’re celebrating Australia Day with a game of backyard cricket, doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the Australia Day T20 action between Australia and India.
With a free Cricket Australia Live Pass, eligible Optus customers can make the most of their time off the pitch and keep up with all the latest matches by live-streaming the action right to their favourite smartphone or tablet device.
“Backyard cricket is almost as iconic as Australia Day itself and we want to make sure everyone can enjoy it. Now thanks to Optus’ Australia Day Backyard Cricket Rule Book all you have to do is kick start the barbecue, find an esky for wickets and scour for that perfect patch of grass for the pitch,” said Billy Bowden.