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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Groundswell in Indigenous cricket

Date posted: 9 December 2011

The Sydney morning herald's recent article, Australia dreaming, charts the rising prominence of Wiradjuri cricketer, Dan Christian, against the history of Indigenous cricket in Australia.

Australia's investment in Indigenous cricket was formalised in 2001 with the creation of the National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council, which is co-chaired by Vince Copley and former South Australian premier John Bannon.

A key moment in the development of Indigenous cricket was an Indigenous team's tour of Britain in 2009. Under Christian's captaincy, the team was able to retrace the steps of the Aboriginal team that in 1868 became Australia's first touring cricketers. Christian's selection for today's second Test in Hobart puts him on the cusp of becoming just the second Indigenous cricketer to pull on a baggy green cap in almost 135 years.

Damien de Bohun, Cricket Australia's head of game development, says, 'It's a fantastic story, really pleasing for Dan, and obviously for the work we've been doing in Indigenous cricket, it's a sign that things are starting to progress.'

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Last updated: 9 December 2011
 
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