May 3, 2009

Offbeat

Mark Waugh bats against a snow ball

George Binoy



Not to be outdone by the Englishmen who played cricket on Mount Everest, Mark Waugh and thirteen other tough Aussies climbed three of the highest mountains in Australia in only three days. They did it to raise money for The Smith Family charity.

The group was split into two teams Middle Order (cricket) and The Super 7 Blues (rugby, because former Wallaby, Michael Brial, was also part of the event) pitted against each other to scale Bimberi, Australian Capital Territory’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciusko and Victoria’s Mount Bogong.

“The last climb really took it out of us, our legs were starting to cramp and the early morning starts were beginning to take their toll,” Waugh said. The group didn’t play a Twenty20 match, like the Everest trekkers did, but Waugh did hit a snow ball on Mount Kosciusko.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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