Australia’s first Test cricket team was Indigenous

The first Australian Test cricket team was made up of Indigenous players from western Victoria who were selected for a tour of England in 1868.  This episode in sporting history is considered controversial because although Indigenous Test cricket players were excellent, they were not included in future Test tours.


The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act became law in 1869 and severely restricted the movement of all Indigenous people, including first-class cricket players.

Players like Jack Marsh and Eddie Gilbert were known as the fastest bowlers in cricket even though they never left Australia.

A brief history of Indigenous Australian cricket players is illustrated in this timeline:

Click on the timeline to open a PDF

Timeline Indigenous Australian cricket players


Indigenous cricketers

Video about Eddie Gilbert

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