Magenta Mob: Christian proud to wear Sixers’ first Indigenous BBL strip

Sydney Sixers all-rounder and Wiradjuri man Dan Christian would have loved the chance to wear an Indigenous playing strip much earlier in his Big Bash career.

“But I think it’s great we’re on the right track and we’re having it now,” Christian said. “Everyone is having the conversation and wanting to learn more about our culture and the land we’re playing on.

Dan Christian in the Sydney Sixers indigenous uniform.Credit:Phil Hillyard

“We’re heading in a really good direction. I grew up knowing everything about our culture and where my family was from.

“Being a part of the Sixers and being able to wear an Indigenous shirt, the whole family will be proud.”

It has been a big week for Christian who welcomed home his first child, daughter Harper, while on Saturday he will wear the first Indigenous playing strip for the current BBL champions.

Christian has always spoken proudly about his roots, and even called out Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the start of the year when he criticised cricket for wanting to drop “Australia Day” from its marketing campaign.

The Sixers will be in Coffs Harbour when the BBL officially celebrates their Indigenous Round next month, so the powerhouse franchise took the opportunity to wear the special strip on their home turf.

Just as their WBBL team did this season, the Sixers players will gather barefoot and form a circle a day before the game to acknowledge the land they are playing on. The Sixers did the same at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday before Christian revealed how he and WBBL star Ashleigh Gardner, a Muruwari woman, helped design the inaugural Indigenous strip.

The Sydney Sixers take part in a barefoot circle ahead of their game at the SCG on Saturday.Credit:Phil Hillyard

There is a goanna totem representing Gardner’s family and three rivers on the back of the jersey to acknowledge Christian’s mob. Renowned Indigenous artist Jordan Ardler completed the design the Sixers will wear as they try to maintain their perfect start to the latest campaign.

“The best thing about having an Indigenous round is opening up cricket and presenting it to the wider Indigenous community,” Christian said. “We see it in the NRL and AFL and how successful the week is in both those codes and how everyone gets around [Indigenous Round]. I think it’s great cricket is finally getting around it.”

The Sixers thumped the Melbourne Stars in Sunday’s opener at the SCG, while skipper Moises Henriques produced a classy 73 to inspire a gritty 14-run win over Hobart on Tuesday. Henriques tonked an unbeaten 76 against the Stars and will look to continue his brilliant start against the Hurricanes again on Saturday.

Even this early in the tournament the Sixers look to be one of the favourites to take the BBL title, a win which would be their third in a row.

Christian said Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short were the natural threats for Hobart.

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