Cricketers and the Commonwealth Bank team up to hit cancer for six

24 January 2007

The Commonwealth Bank has teamed up with the biggest hitters from the Commonwealth Bank Series to literally hit cancer for six … by donating $1,000 to cancer research for every shot that clears the boundary during the Commonwealth Bank Series.

The money will be donated equally between research for breast cancer and prostate cancer.

After five matches of the Commonwealth Bank Series the three teams have already notched up 24 sixes, which equates to a donation thus far from the Commonwealth Bank of $12,000 to the Breast Cancer Institute and $12,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

According to Commonwealth Bank ambassador and world one day international No 1 batsman Mike Hussey, the sponsorship for cancer research has given the players an added incentive to blast the ball over the rope.

"The players know only too well how these diseases affect the broader Australian community and it’s very satisfying to know we are not only scoring runs for the team but also getting valuable dollars in the kitty every time we hit a six," he said.

"We’re just one third of the way through the Commonwealth Bank Series and I think there’s every chance we will break the $60,000 barrier in the 10 matches to come.

"It’s also provided a mini competition within the Australian team to see who can finish with the greatest number of sixes for the series.

"Gilly and Cameron White with three apiece are the front runners at the moment, but Punter, Haydos, Michael Clarke and I will be doing our best to give them a run for their money.

Two of the Black Caps, Craig McMillan and Ross Taylor are also tied on three sixes, along with England’s Kevin Pietersen who is out for the rest of the series with a cracked rib.

So far New Zealand leads the way with 11 sixes, the Australians have hit eight and England five.



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