In September 2012, not long after five Australian soldiers had been killed in two separate incidents, Australia’s Twenty20 Cricket Team visited Australian Defence Force personnel at Al Minhad Air Base near Dubai (read more below).
Sixteen players, including Captain George Bailey and Vice Captain Shane Watson, paid their respects to the five diggers who lost their lives in the weeks before and laid a wreath in honour of all 38 Australians who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.
The cricketers were given an insight into the lives of our Defence personnel, including medical and counter-explosive-device training, and toured the Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and AP-3C Orion aircraft.
The team enjoyed a barbecue with the staff at Al Minhad Air Base before presenting a number of signed bats and other memorabilia destined for charitable fundraising activities.
CONTACT Managing Editor Brian Hartigan was on hand to capture some photos and video, presented above.