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Mysterious bat signed by cricket greats discovered in Antarctica!


A valuable piece of cricket memorabilia surfaced at the Casey research station in Antarctica. 

Expeditioners with the bat

Mystery whirling down as a cricket bat signed by the Australian and Sri Lankan Test teams of 1988 turned up in the southernmost continent of earth Antarctica last month.

Speaking to the BBC, Shaun Gillies, the building services supervisor at the Casey research station where the autographed bat was discovered, told about the autographed bat.

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“Like most places, we have things hidden away in sheds and garages and what not, and we came across this bat on a wall. People have been walking past it for years and never really noticed it,” said Gillies.

“Coincidentally, the bat is signed from 1988 which is the year that the Casey research station was opened. It’s a bit of memorabilia. We don’t know how this turned up, although we have a lot of theories,” he said.

In late January, the Australian Antarctic Division – a subsidiary of the Australian government – posted an appeal to expeditioners to help with any information about how the bat, signed by the likes of Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Dean Jones, David Boon, Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga could have travelled from Perth to Antarctica.

One of theories about how the bat traveled all across the distance is that it came through the hands of late Tom Maggs, who was long-serving Australian Antarctic Division staff member and the father of Bonnie Maggs who is married to Australia’s current Test captain, Tim Paine.

The sayings, however, is far away from substantial proving.

According to another theory, one former expeditioners  Kevin Shepherd said a carpenter stationed at the Casey center in 1988, Peter Cummings, was working at the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to his departure to Antarctica and brought the cricket bat with him.


Gillies, however, is not convinced about the aforementioned theory as the Test match contained in the bat was played at the WACA in 1988 and not at the MCG.

Last but not the least, funny theories are coming up about the availability of the bat in the remote snowed corner of earth; as per sayings, cricket fans stationed in Antarctica could have been listening to commentary on the radio, and that during the ad breaks they were able to talk to the commentators and might have asked about the memorabilia.

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