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A legendary tour
Aboriginal people first began to learn cricket by playing socially with Europeans on the cattle stations in western Victoria, where some worked as stockmen.
In 1868, 13 cricketers from Victoria's western districts sailed from Sydney to become the first Australian team to tour England. They played local, amateur English teams. Over six gruelling months, they played 47 two-day games. At the completion of each game the Australian team was required to give an exhibition of 'native sports', including boomerang and spear throwing.
Aboriginal cricket team of 1867
Under the captaincy of Charles Lawrence, the team produced one legendary player, a young man called Muarrinim. Known on tour as Johnny Mullagh, he scored 1698 runs and claimed 245 English wickets over 45 games. He went on to play for the Melbourne Cricket Club.