Admittedly the prospect of a five-day Test match still causes a disbelieving shake of head from most Americans, but the USA’s representatives in Australia were ready to have a crack at expanding their knowledge about cricket. US Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso, the acting Ambassdor, and Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean enjoyed a meet and greet at Queensland Cricket.

They were taken through the basics by WBBL Brisbane Heat allrounder Haidee Birkett and Queensland Fire players Tess Cooper and Dutch international Serre Kalis and while the diplomats were diplomatic about their preferences, they readily picked up on the similarities between the two national sports. But they were most intrigued by the rapid growth of women’s cricket in Australia, and women’s sport overall,  through the profile of the Australian Women’s team and the WBBL competition, which heads into its fourth season in December.

Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean said, "I really appreciate the cricket lesson form the Queensland Fire players - they are a great example of sportswomen excelling at the top level. Looking forward to getting out and seeing a match this summer." 

Of the big four professional sports in the USA (baseball, football, soccer, basketball), only basketball and soccer have national women's competitions.

Image: US Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso receives a batting tutorial at Allan Border Field