Towards the end of May, Whitgift was delighted to host the Australian national one-day cricket team. In weather conditions much akin to their homeland, the Australian team took advantage of the School’s first-class facilities to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy. Hosted in England and Wales this year, eight international ODI teams competed for the trophy, in June.
Head of Cricket at Whitgift, Mr David Ward, commented, “The day went extremely well and they were very impressed by the whole Whitgift experience.”
For a large number of Whitgift boys, having the Australian Cricket Team practicing at their school was a fantastic experience, with the likes of David Warner and Mitchell Starc at close quarters. Tyler Meyer, Lekan Ogunlana, James Culff, Jake Monson, Billy Sewell and Shanaal Nathan were lucky enough to participate and join the Aussies for their team talk, in the field and at lunch.
The Australians expressed their gratitude for the day, “The facilities were as good as promised and the food was sensational. Please pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the staff who helped make it happen.”