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Jim Poulter Author of Books on Aboriginal Culture and Child Protection
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Historic Performances!

First Australian team to tour England notches impressive wins

The 1868 Cricket Tour of England has now established Australia’s maturity as a sporting nation with a total of 14 wins 14 losses and 19 draws in the tour fixture. It is a feat far beyond previous Australian teams, which even on Australian soil had been subject to consistent thrashings by the English. This was despite the fact that we often fielded teams of 20 or more against the English 11.

Superb Fielding!

This history making Australian team displayed unique skills on the field of competition. In fact the fielding techniques they employed will revolutionise the game. These agile players field the ball on the run, throw on the turn and send bullet-like flat returns flat and low to the Keeper, often resulting in surprise run-outs. Similarly, their skill with bat and ball and level of athletic fitness, have added a new dimension to the game.

National Pride!

The 1868 First Australian Cricket Tour of England has proved to be a landmark in Australian sporting history. Hopefully the contribution of this historic team to the development to the noble game of Cricket, and to and to the establishment of Australia’s sporting equality with England will be remembered and revered by generations to come.

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