Melbourne Renegade Guides Side To Win With Indigenous-Themed Cricket Bat
The Renegades may have handed the Hurricanes' their first loss of the season, but it was the debut of a unique cricket bat that caught the attention of Big Bash fans.
Dan Christian proudly showed off his Indigenous heritage when he guided the Renegades to an upset win on Monday night.
The all-rounder smashed two sixes in the dying overs, before Mohammad Nabi sealed the win with a six of his own, closing out the match with four balls to spare.
While Christian may have put on a masterclass at the crease, it was his one-of-a-kind bat that was the real work of art.
Viewers demanded a closer look at the bat after catching a glimpse on the big screen.
So folks, here it is.
This marvel has been in the works for months and is the result of a collaboration between Indigenous artist Emma MacNeill and Kookaburra.
The design itself is about Christian's journey from growing up in the country, moving to the city and then having the opportunity to play a game that he loves and can play around the world.
The 35-year-old asked MacNeill to paint a bat for two reasons:
"One, I’m proud of my heritage and wanted to do something to reflect that", he said.
"Secondly, I’ve been vocal in the past about encouraging Cricket Australia to have an Indigenous BBL round, so hopefully this can play a small role in continuing to promote the sport to the Indigenous community.
MacNeill, who's the partner of Brisbane Lions player Mitch Robinson, has painted eye-catching footy boots for stars Eddie Betts and Buddy Franklin ahead of last years indigenous round.