Australia’s first Test cricket team was all 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.

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The First Australian Cricket Team to Tour England 1868

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

Sources:

Indigenous cricketers

Video about Eddie Gilbert

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