Sydney Sixers’ Ryan Carters hopes the big hits will bring hope

Canberra and Sydney Sixers cricketer Ryan Carters achieves a balanced life through his charity work. Photo: SuppliedIt seems surprising that Ryan Carters – a 23-year-old philanthropist who analyses Weberian sociology and Keynesian economics at university – says the midwicket conversations he has with his NSW and Sydney Sixers teammate Ed Cowan, who boasts a commerce degree and has delved in merchant banking, are nothing out of the box.

“We just talk about the bowlers and the game,” said Carters of the meeting of minds. “Eddie is a close friend and off the field we talk about other topics. He’s a very intelligent guy with broad interests and is always up for an interesting conversation about the topic of the day.

“Ed’s usually reading The Economist when he’s not batting and that provides food for thought when we discuss politics and policies but, out in the middle, it’s just cricket.”

Carters starts his Big Bash League campaign against the Thunder on Thursday buoyed by 209 in the 503-run opening stand he and Aaron Finch compiled for the Cricket Australia XI against New Zealand in October.

“It was very special, we just tried to bat one ball at a time, bat for another hour or a milestone and, over the course of a day-and-a-half, we got to 500,” he said

Carters will be focused on sixes during BBL05 because, with the help of his Sixers’ teammates, the big hits will help his goal to hit Third World deprivation out of the park through his initiative, Batting For Change.

The money that’s raised via donations for every six the Sixers hit throughout the tournament will help women in the Third World gain a tertiary education, something Carters believes will ensure important sociological changes.

The $103,000 raised by big hits last season was donated to the SPRJ Kanyashala Trust in Mumbai and helped 500 women get degrees in arts, science or commerce.

The $30,000 Carters raised when he played for the Thunder in BBL03 funded three new classrooms at the Heartland School in Nepal. Apart from providing students with an opportunity to complete high school, the rooms gave shelter after the deadly earthquakes earlier this year. This year, Carters hopes Batting For Change will raise $120,000 and allow 600 women in India and Sri Lanka to pursue a tertiary education.

“When I visited the college in Mumbai I left feeling more motivated than ever before to help more women like them,” he said. “I learnt they’re extremely brave and articulate in telling their stories to explain the challenges they face and how grateful they are for our help.”

Sixers spinner Stephen O’Keefe kick-started this summer’s campaign by donating his entire match payment from the NSW team’s victory over Queensland and Carters hopes cricket fan will help by pledging as little as a dollar for each six because it can make a world of difference.

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