Ryan Carters switches to hitting sixes with Sydney Sixers

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4 Dec 2018

Ryan Carters says playing for Australia is definitely a goal. Ryan Carters says playing for Australia is definitely a goal.

Ryan Carters says playing for Australia is definitely a goal.

Ryan Carters says playing for Australia is definitely a goal.

Canberra’s Ryan Carters will switch to hitting sixes with the Sydney Sixers this season, aiming to make the Big Bash League final at his homeground Manuka Oval, push his claims for an Australian call-up and raise money for impoverished women in India.

Carters has left the Sydney Thunder to join an all-star Sixers BBL squad, which already has a Canberra flavour, with former ACT Comets stars Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon. And the former Radford College student is already eyeing a potential homecoming, for a historic BBL final in Canberra on January 28.

“The Sixers have got the team to be very successful … the potential’s there to win the Big Bash tournament. There’s so many players with international experience on the roster,” Carters said.

“It would be extraordinary to play a BBL final at Manuka. Last year I played the Shield final there [with NSW] and that was an amazing experience I’ll cherish. The intensity would be lifted again under lights in a BBL final … three guys who have represented Canberra, it would be something pretty special to play the final together at Manuka.”

An opening bat for NSW in the four-day Shield competition, Carters averaged more than 60 by dropping down the order in this summer’s national one-day competition. The 24-year-old is unsure where he will bat for the Sixers, but he will return to wicketkeeping, given Australia Test gloveman Haddin is unlikely to be available for most  of the BBL.

“I still work as hard as ever on my keeping, in the pre-season I had some good opportunities to work with Brad Haddin and Steve Rixon … Hadds has been a great coach and role model for me.”

Carters continues to enhance his image as a cricket role model, too, and has launched Batting For Change, an initiative to raise money for impoverished women in India. Carters will donate $100 for every six the Sixers hit this season to the education of women in India, calling on teammates and fans to join the cause.

“Even if it’s $1 per six, it all adds up and goes a long way,” Carters said. “One hundred million people under the age of 25 are living on less than $1 a day in India right now, it’s hard to imagine.

“Last year we raised $30,000 with the Sydney Thunder, this year we’re hoping we can raise $66,666 with the Sixers, which could support the tertiary education of 500 women living in poverty in Mumbai.

“Educating women, in particular, goes a long way to transforming a family in a community, because educated women can make intelligent autonomous decisions about where they want to work, how they’re going to support their family and be able to raise healthy educated children of their own.

“I’ve travelled to India twice and seen the stark inequalities that exist in Indian society. You can walk out of a five-star hotel and then be walking through a slum two minutes later where people struggle to meet the normal necessities for life including basic nutrition, clean water, a roof over their heads, let alone a quality education.”

Carters admitted there had been “plenty of banter” from former Thunder teammates about the switch, but said the Sixers provided a “positive cricket environment”  with the bulk of his NSW teammates and Blues coach Trevor Bayliss.

“It’s definitely a goal of mine to play for Australia in any form, but I don’t dwell on it,” Carters said.

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