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Cricket becomes Australia's No.1 sport

Record-breaking results of National Cricket Census reveal good news for Australian cricket

Cricket is Australia's current number one participation sport after record numbers picked up a bat and ball in 2015-16, while almost one quarter of all players are female, the National Cricket Census has revealed. After crunching the numbers, Cricket Australia today unveiled the record-breaking results from this year's National Cricket Census.

A record 1,311,184 people played cricket across Australia in 2015-16, an 8.5 per cent increase on 2014-15 – placing cricket at No.1 as the current top participation sport in Australia.

Women's cricket at the highest level went from strength to strength last summer with the success of the Women's Big Bash League and that success is being reflected at grassroots level, where participation reached record figures in 2015-16, growing nine per cent to 314,936 players.

Overall, 24 per cent of all cricketers in Australia are female, with 581 girls and women’s teams playing traditional, 11-a-side cricket at clubs across the country.

The Census also revealed a 28 per cent increase in multicultural participation, a 40 per cent increase in Indigenous participation and 70 per cent increase in disability participation from the last census.

Club and community participation has jumped 9.5 per cent to 454,657 in the past 12 months, with juniors aged 5‐12 years making up 59.4 per cent of all 2015‐16 participants.

School and Indoor participation also grew, by 7.5 per cent and 9.9 per cent respectively.

Click on the image below to download your copy of the census participation highlights. 


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