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Jim Poulter Author of Books on Aboriginal Culture and Child Protection
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Aussies Beat Poms!

Aussies Beat Poms
1868 The Year Australian Sport Came of Age

Before the first tour of England by an Australian cricket team in 1868, the English had in their previous tours of Australia thrashed us unmercifully. We had never even won a single game against them despite often having 20 or more players against their eleven.

But the 1868 Australian Cricket Team changed all that!

In losing only 14 out of 47 matches for the whole tour, not only did they establish our sporting equality with England for the first time, but the techniques they employed in fielding and bowling were revolutionary. These Aboriginal cricketers were the forerunners to the modern athletic style of cricket.

Strangely though, it is the second touring side of 1877 that is remembered better.

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