12 Aug

The results of Australia cricket's annual national census that were released today (12 August) revealed that registered participation in organised competitions rose almost four per cent across 2019-20 after three years of decline.

The results reflect the adoption of new formats among junior ranks and also the 'feel good' effect of last winter's ICC World Cup as well as men's and women's Ashes campaigns in the UK, and this year's record-setting women's T20 World Cup in Australia with 86,000 fans attending the team's win in the final at the MCG.

Among the key findings from the annual census, which CA has been collecting for almost two decades, was a 3.8 per cent increase (to 709,957) in registered participants across men's and women's club cricket, social and school competitions, indoor cricket and Woolworths Cricket Blast program.

It also showed:

* Female participation grew 11.4 per cent (year on year) to 76,400

* Woolworths Cricket Blast participation increased 14 per cent to 59,300 participants

* Junior club cricket grew eight per cent to 5,800 in teams for boys aged 12 and under

* Non-club cricket competitions increased 29 per cent to 54,000

* Club cricket saw rises in Indigenous participation (12.6 per cent), multicultural participation (12 per cent) and participation among people living with a disability (10.3 per cent)

Cricket Australia believes the census data will continue to improve with technological advances, specifically the amount of players individually registering on Cricket Australia’s online platform, MyCricket.

John Stephenson


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