The Strangers Who Came Home: The First Australian Cricket Tour of England

The Strangers Who Came Home: The First Australian Cricket Tour of England

John Lazenby

The Ashes cricket sequence, performed out among England and Australia, is the oldest, and arguably the main keenly contested, competition in overseas game. And but nearly all of the 1st consultant Australian cricket group to journey England in 1878 in reality seemed themselves as Englishmen.

In may possibly of that 12 months the SS urban of Berlin docked at Liverpool, and the Australians stepped onto English floor to start the inaugural first class cricket journey of britain via a consultant in another country crew. As they made their means south to play the MCC within the moment fit of the travel, the intrepid travelers, or "the strangers," as they have been pointed out within the press, encountered vanity and lack of understanding, dishonest umpires and depressing climate. yet via defeating a strong MCC part in one afternoon’s play, they became English cricket on its head. The Lord’s crowd, having overtly laughed on the travelers, wildly celebrated a victory that has been defined as "arguably the main momentous six hours in cricket background" and claimed the Australians as their own.

The Strangers Who got here Home is a compelling social background which brings that momentous summer time to existence, telling the tale of those striking males whose excellent achievements at the box of play threw open the doorways to overseas activities traveling, and the way those males from the colonies supplied the stimulus for Australian nationhood via their carrying good fortune and taken exceptional power to foreign cricket.

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