Michael Hussey with some of the kids in the cricket club.
Michael Hussey with some of the kids in the cricket club.

Michael Hussey goes into bat for new Aussie cricket club

A NEW cricket club aimed at making the sport even better for Australian fans has been launched by the Commonwealth Bank.

The free online CommBank Cricket Club will allow members to apply for money-can't-buy experiences and access to tickets to this summer's Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series.

Local community cricket clubs can apply for funding, equipment and unique support packages.

Community cricket club applications are now open for:

The 2014 CommBank Cricket Club Grants for Grassroots program. The grassroots program will award 90 cricket clubs with much needed funding and training equipment.

Each prize includes a cash grant of $1,000 and an equipment pack containing essential training and playing gear such as stumps, balls and markers.

Super Grant. One community club will have its Grants for Grassroots grant upgraded to a $10,000 Super Grant.

The 2014 CommBank Cricket Club Empowerment Projects.

Five community clubs will win bespoke support packages to address an area of need for the club.

From providing vital equipment or infrastructure upgrades, giving the local clubhouse a makeover or helping to champion women's cricket, the CommBank Cricket Club will provide support including resources, equipment and people to get the job done.

Other CommBank Cricket Club offers include:

The chance to watch the action live over the summer with 900 tickets to be won to the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series.

Unique experiences including a pair of Gold Category tickets to one day's play, which includes meeting the captains before the match and a walk around the boundary at lunchtime. One pair of Gold Category tickets will be available at each Test.

One CommBank Cricket Club member will win a chance to experience the best of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Sydney Pink Test with the Ultimate Member's Package for two.

This includes tickets to the first two days of the final Test of the Series in Sydney, flights, accommodation, plus exclusive experiences including a tour of the dressing room, access to a training session, a walk around the boundary during lunch and a cricket bat signed by the Australian Test Team.

Former Australian Test Cricketer and CommBank Cricket Club ambassador, Michael Hussey encourages clubs of all sizes, in all locations to apply.

"Local cricket clubs across the country play a pivotal role in the development of cricketers at all levels. The support and contributions from Commonwealth Bank help clubs make the game more accessible and enjoyable for players, ensuring cricket continues to be an important part of our community," Hussey said.

To apply for a CommBank Cricket Club grant including Grants for Grassroots, Super Grant and a Club Empowerment Project, or to learn more about CommBank Cricket Club visit www.commbank.com.au/cricket.