Boland excited for Aboriginal XI tour
April 12, 2018
Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland says he’s excited at the prospect of playing alongside his brother as part of the men’s 2018 Aboriginal XI during their historic tour of the United Kingdom.
Boland, who has represented Australia in ODI and T20 cricket, is one of 13 members of the male squad who will tour in June as a part of the commemoration of the 1868 Aboriginal cricket team, the first team from Australia to play cricket overseas.
“To go over, to play in such a big tour, to commemorate 150 years since the 1868 side went over, I think it’s going to be a big achievement for us,” Boland said.
The squad also includes Australian T20 batsman and 2018 Indigenous Cricketer of the Year, D’Arcy Short, and will be captained by Australian all-rounder Dan Christian.
Queensland and Brisbane Heat fast bowler Brendan Doggett makes it four players with state and BBL contracts in the squad.
For Boland though, who has 161 first-class wickets to his name, the tour will feel just a little more special as it allows him to play alongside his brother, Nick.
“The games we played together up in Brisbane (in 2017), were the first time we played together since we were 14 years old, so it’s pretty special.” Boland said.
“We’re both still learning, so hopefully I can teach him a few things out on the field.”
There are two pairs of brothers in the team, with the Bolands joined by Sam and Brendan Doggett.
What may be somewhat surprising is it will also be the first time Boland plays cricket in England.
“It will be my first trip to England, so I’m looking forward to it… Same as my brother, so we’ll get to go over there together and play cricket together, and see what England has to offer for us,” Boland said.
“I think it’ll be pretty special (to play on the Kia Oval). Any moment you get to play on a Test playing ground in a different country, it’s going to be a special moment.”
Each player on the tour will represent one of the members of the original touring party, wearing the names of the 1868 XI on their backs.
Boland will represent Yellanach, also known as Johnny Cuzens.
“I’m happy to go over there and play, obviously, and learn a lot more about Indigenous culture, and what happened on that 1868 tour.
The tour will include five matches for the men’s squad, which will also visit the resting place of Bripumyarrimin (King Cole) in London, who tragically passed away during the tour, and visit a temporary display at the MCC Museum at Lord’s that explores the history of the 1868 team.
A group of players will also travel to Victoria’s West Wimmera region to meet with ancestors and visit key sites significant to the 1868 team.