Playing cricket is one of the great Aussie pastimes, and we Australians are pretty good at it. With strong national teams that generate huge media interest and many iconic players both past and present, Australia has a reputation as a leading cricketing nation. Cricket is Australia’s most popular sport in summer, and 328,000 adults and 631,000 children regularly play the game. Not only is it a highly competitive sport, it’s also a great recreational pastime as well. How many of us have played a game of cricket at the beach, the park or in the backyard? And while many of us would find the summer incomplete without sitting down to watch the Boxing Day Test, or a 20-20 match, have you ever considered playing the game yourself? Or getting your children involved? If not, read on for some compelling reasons to give cricket a try this summer.