Enterprise and energy are integral to this story. Without the enterprise of James Lillywhite and John Conway there would have been no Australian tour to England in 1878. Nottingham professional Lillywhite, who captained England in the first-ever Test matches at Melbourne in March-April 1877, arranged the English fixture list and former Victorian all-rounder Conway chose a twelve man touring party, although subsequent disputes over Billy Midwinter would reduce the number to eleven. Without the energy of Australian captain Dave Gregory and his team playing continuously for fourteen months in the Australian colonies, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and the Australian colonies again, the development of international cricket might have been long delayed.
Bernard Whimpress reviews 'The Strangers Who Came Home' by John Lazenby
The Strangers Who Came Home: The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
by John Lazenby
Bloomsbury, $29.95 pb, 302 pp, 9781408844663
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Bernard Whimpress is a writer, historian, and former curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum. A member of the Australian Society for Sports History, Bernard has written twenty books mainly on sport, including The Official MCC Ashes Treasures, Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian Cricket 1850–1939, The Greatest Ashes Battles and as co-author The History of Australian Cricket. He published and edited the Australian cricket journal Baggy Green from 1998 to 2010.
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