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Commemoration of the 1866 and 1868 Anniversaries

Australian cricket is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Boxing Day match between the Aboriginal XI and the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1866, and the 150th anniversary of the Aboriginal XI that toured England in 1868.

 

The commemoration of these anniversaries is aimed at marking significant points in Australia’s cricket history and appropriately recognising the engagement and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to cricket.

Celebrating 1868

Women’s and men’s squads will tour the UK for the first two weeks of June, with both to play under the banner of the 2018 Aboriginal XI.


The 
event will commemorate 150 years since an Aboriginal cricket team became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

Ashleigh Gardner and Dan Christian will lead the respective sides against several of the same opposition from the original tour. The schedule includes matches against Surrey, Sussex, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Venues used for fixtures against Surrey, Sussex, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will be the same as those used in 1868 including a double-headers at The Oval and Trent Bridge.

In 1868, 13 Aboriginal players made the trip to the UK. In 2018, the 13 male players travelling will proudly represent one of those pioneers each on tour by displaying their name on the back of their uniform. The female squad will wear their own names on their back, being pioneers as the first female Indigenous team to tour the UK. 


Squads

 

Men's (1868 player represented in brackets): Dan Christian (c) (Unaarrimin/Johnny Mullagh), Nick Boland (Grongarrong/Mosquito), Scott Boland (Yellanach/Johnny Cuzens), Brendan Doggett (Murrumgunarriman/Twopenny), Sam Doggett (Pripumuarraman/Charley Dumas), Damon Egan (Jumgumjenanuke/Dick-A-Dick), Brock Larance (Bonnibarngeet/Tiger), Tyran Liddiard (Bullchanach/Bullocky), Jonte Pattison (Brimbunyah/Redcap), Nathan Price (Arrahmunyarrimun/Peter), Brendan Smith (Lytejerbillijun/Jim Crow), Rex Strickland (Ballrinjarrimin/Sundown), Dane Ugle (Bripumyarrimin/King Cole). Coach: Jeffrey Cook

Women's: Ashleigh Gardner (c), Jemma Astley, Dharmini Chauhan, Christina Coulson, Hannah Darlington, Sara Darney, Zoe Fleming, Haylee Hoffmeister, Emma Manix-Geeves, Sally Moylan, Natalie Plane, Roxanne Van Veen, Naomi Woods. Coach: Shelley Nitschke

Fixtures



Aboriginal XI Men
5th June – Aboriginal XI v Marylebone CC @ Arundel Castle
7th June – Aboriginal XI v Surrey @ The Kia Oval
8th June – Aboriginal XI v Sussex @ The First Central County Ground
10th June – Aboriginal XI v Derbyshire @ 3aaa County Ground
12th June – Aboriginal XI v Nottinghamshire @ Trent Bridge

Aboriginal XI Women
7th June – Aboriginal XI v Surrey @ The Kia Oval
8th June – Aboriginal XI v Sussex @ The First Central County Ground
10th June – Aboriginal XI v National Cricket Conference @ 3aaa County Ground
12th June – Aboriginal XI v ECB Academy @ Trent Bridge

 

Celebrating 1866

Australia’s two Indigenous Test Cricketers, Jason Gillespie and Aunty Faith Thomas, discuss the importance of commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the 1866 Boxing Day Match between an Aboriginal XI and the MCC.

Mullagh-Wills Oration 2016

Orators Professor Mick Dodson AM and Dr Greg DeMoore will reflect on the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the game of cricket.