The Summer That Was

Adelaide Oval bathed in a stunning sunset. Photo: Getty Images. 

Adelaide Oval bathed in a stunning sunset. Photo: Getty Images. 

By Taryn Elder

It’s the time of the year when mosquitoes seem to go into hibernation and puffa jackets become a staple item for those wanting to brave the cool breeze that makes itself known across our sunburnt country.

Yes, it seems the sun is setting on another Australian summer, which means your daily dose of cricket in Australia is over... for now.  

READ: Winter is coming... surviving an Aussie winter without cricket

So we’re taking this time to reflect on the season that was. From the moments that made social media go into meltdown, to the fun and festivities that had us wishing the summer season would never end. Here’s a look back on another brilliant summer of cricket. 

Adelaide Test
It was one of the most hyped matches over recent years, yes, the first Test match in Australia to be held under lights. Adelaide played host to this momentous occasion against the Aussies and the Kiwis, with a pink ball used for the very first time in Test match cricket (history in the making), and it seems most people were a fan.....

Adelaide Oval sure knows how to bring the party when it comes to the cricket, people flocked in their thousands to enjoy the brilliant social atmosphere,  with marquees and bars aligning the members area.

Boxing Day Test
It wouldn’t be Boxing Day in Australia without the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test. Australia and the West Indies went head to head, and although the weather threatened to ruin all of the fun on day one, the sun gods eventually showed themselves revealing a perfect day for a spot of cricket.

Pink Test In Sydney
Yes, it rained, torrential is a word that comes to mind. But it didn't stop people coming out in force to support the McGrath Foundation Pink Test. Check out some of the outfits. 

Field of Flavours
It was the first time the Field of Flavours Festival had been trailed at Test matches around Australia and the food and festivities didn't disappoint. Food trucks and gourmet street food restaurants hit the Australia V India Test matches in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and the crowds loved it. Big shout out to the dance crowd that assembled during the Melbourne festival. 
 

Big Bash League
It was a highly anticipated season for the Big Bash League with the hard work done in the off season to secure some big name players for both the men’s and women’s league. A number of international imports touched down in Australia to be part of the competition. 

READ: What The Hell Is The BBL

It was also the first season ever that the competition would include the Rebel Women's Big Bash League - WBBL|01 and it has been hailed as a major success. Aussie cricket fans embraced the new arm of the competition which put into the spotlight some of our best Aussie female cricketers and made the world take notice of the popularity of women's sport. 

READ: WBBL paving the way around the world

WBBL Launch. Photo: Getty Images. 

WBBL Launch. Photo: Getty Images. 

A big shoutout must go to the teams that came out on top. Sydney Thunder took home the men's and women's trophies, a double victory. 

READ: Highlights of the BBL Finals

New Years Eve at Adelaide Oval
Who could forget New Years Eve at Adelaide Oval for the Big Bash League. It was a packed stadium for the competition, fireworks, entertainment and a whole lot of cricket. 

GALLERY: New Years Eve at Adelaide Oval


Social Media Meltdown Moments
It wouldn't be a summer of cricket without the moments that made social media go into meltdown. From haircuts to fruit eating here's some of our top picks. 

1. Watermelon Boy
He won the hearts of healthy eaters around the country. "Watermelon Boy' was a crowd favourite,his face beamed into houses around the country during the Channel 10 coverage of the Big Bash League game in Melbourne. 

2. Mullet Boy
Another crowd favourite, this little legend had commentators abuzz with his tremendous mullet and the world of Twitter couldn't get enough of him.

Crowd Catches
And let's not forget some of the best crowd catches from this summer. 

WATCH: Crowd Catches Of The Summer

Feel good stories
This season was filled with feel good stories, including that of Batting for Change Founder Ryan Carters. The Sydney Sixers player reached his goal of raising $120,00 for his charity Batting for Change, with the final numbers coming in at $128,744. The charity helps to build schools and facilitate education for women in developing countries, thanks to everyone that made a donation. 

READ: Ryan Carters Batting for Change

Ryan Carters from Batting for Change. Photo: Getty Images. 

Ryan Carters from Batting for Change. Photo: Getty Images. 

Famous faces at the cricket
Another season of famous faces at the cricket, including two of our favourites Hamish and Andy, as well as One Direction singer Niall Horan. 

READ: Famous faces at the cricket  

The Allan Border Medal
Who could forget the Allan Border Medal. The glitz, the glamour and candid moments captured the attention of sports fans around Australia. Congrats to David Warner and Meg Lanning who were the big award winners on the night. 

GALLERY: Allan Border Medal Red Carpet

Number One
The Australian Men's Cricket Team reclaimed the number one Test rankings spot to become the best Test match team in the world. It was their campaign in New Zealand that led them back to the top of the table, showing that like our Southern Stars Team they are the ones to beat. 

That wraps up some of our favourite moments from the Aussie summer of cricket, let us know yours!