SWING AND A MISS: Chinese student Shak hit this one, though, in the first time he had played cricket. Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate
SWING AND A MISS: Chinese student Shak hit this one, though, in the first time he had played cricket. Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate Graham Broadhead

It's Australia vs China in our own unofficial World Cup

THE World Cup of Cricket kicked off at Alstonville High School on Thursday.

You can forget the big names who will be on show in the official World Cup that starts on Saturday.

Australia took on China, a  team made of up of youth who had never seen the game before.

It  was Shak who took a wicket in this world cup game, even with an action that would give former Australian umpire Darrell  Hair nightmares and a sore arm from signalling no-balls for chucking.

But Shak can be excused - he learnt cricket from a short YouTube video moments before the game on the Alstonville school's basketball courts.

Shak is one of 16 students from Shanghai,  China, being hosted at Alstonville High in a cultural exchange.

The week-long exchange is an initiative of the Chinese and NSW governments to give the Chinese students an opportunity to immerse themselves in Australian culture.

Shak said cricket was "difficult" but fun.

Australia vs China student cricket: Cultural exchange students from China play cricket with students from Alstonville High School.
Australia vs China student cricket: Cultural exchange students from China play cricket with students from Alstonville High School.