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In the past month, Australian crickets have diverted their hero status on every occasion.
Instead, the men who wore idolized and wide greens used their sports platform to thank Australia’s “true heroes” – the firemen who protect their countrymen and women and defend the land.
On Wednesday, less than 48 hours after celebrating a 3-0 victory over New Zealand in the consecrated SCG locker rooms, Australian captain Tim Paine and starter-bowler Nathan Lyon showed that their words were not meaningless.
The duo traveled to the Southern Highlands to visit communities devastated by fire, attracting smiles and thanks from each new meeting.
“Nathan and I, obviously with the day off, thought it would be a good idea to go out and basically say good morning and say thank you to all the firefighters who did such a fantastic job down here in southern New South Wales,” Paine told NSW RFS.
“Obviously they are a small part of a large part of what happened in particular in New South Wales and Victoria. We thought it was an important time for us to go out and say good morning and thank them and talk to some people in the community who have had a really difficult time.
“It was a very special day for us, going down and seeing some of the devastation and seeing the size of the fires that have passed through places like this was absolutely amazing, and when you see it you see the courageous courage of our fire men and women who they came here to try and save lives and property it was an incredible effort. “
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Along the way, Paine and Lyon visited rural commissioner for firefighters Shane Fitzsimmons, who thanked the duo for the visit.
During the New Years test, the Australian bowling alley donated $ 19,000 for each of the 19 wickets collected during the game.
According to Lyon, it was only a small act of kindness for a bigger cause than playing cricket.
“The real heroes of Australia right now are firefighters and volunteers and it’s such a small thing for us to donate $ 1000 to wickets,” said Lyon.
“I think it’s a good reward for us if we dig deep and our goal is to take 20 wickets to donate $ 20,000 for all those affected by the fires. I think it’s a great cause. I’m pretty proud of it. I don’t we are doing for recognition or something, we just want to make sure that in the end we play a game of cricket and that there have been people seriously affected by the fires and, otherwise, losing the lives of family members.
“It puts cricket in perspective and I think it is really showing the true colors of Australia and the way everyone gets together behind our country or people when they get into trouble and are really behind, and I’m proud to be Australian” .
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