First played in 1892 the Sheffield Shield is steeped in history and every young player dreams of winning the national competition.
However, support and interest in Australia's other domestic cricket competitions are thriving. Which other domestic competitions am I referring to?
Just two years after the Sheffield Shield was created the first Australian Deaf Cricket game was played on December 26, 1894 between South Australia and Victoria.
Victoria won the thrilling match by over an innings.
Within a year, New South Wales was fielding a team, however games were played as one off matches and it wasn't until the early 1920's before a regular nationwide competition was played on a regular basis.
The other major competition in Australian cricket comes by way of the blind cricket association. When I was first told about blind cricket I conjured up images of players covered in banges after being hit by the quicks and a wicket keeper suffering anxiety attacks whenever the batsman fails to connect with the ball.
Of course, the competition is nothing like that and the players require a lot more finely honed skills than their able-bodied counterparts.
The Australian Blind Cricket competition is thriving with regular international fixtures against the Kiwis. The wider international competition is also growing with over 300 domestic teams world-wide and three world cups have been played with 10 international teams.
In recent years the Commonwealth and Olympic Games have moved to integrate the disabled events.
This move has been championed by all sports lovers and has increased the profile of the athletes. It's about time other sporting authorities moved to bridge the gap for all elite athletes.