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England Cricket Team Arrive In Australia

An illustration of the arrival of the 'All England Eleven' - the England cricket team - at the Cafe de Paris in Bourke Street, Melbourne, 24th December 1861. This was the first-ever tour of Australia by any overseas team and the second tour abroad by an English team, following the one to North America in 1859. The team sailed from Liverpool on 20 October aboard the Great Britain, arriving in Melbourne on 24 December. As a team, they played 12 matches that were not first-class, winning 6 and losing 2 with 4 drawn. All but one of these games were against odds of at least 18 to 11. The exception was a one-day single innings match. The team was captained by HH Stephenson (Surrey) who was joined by William Caffyn, William Mortlock, George Griffith, William Mudie, Tom Sewell junior (all Surrey); Roger Iddison, Ned Stephenson (both Yorkshire); Tom Hearne, Charles Lawrence (both Middlesex); George Wells (Sussex); and George Bennett (Kent). (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)
England Cricket Team Arrive In Australia
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24 December, 1861
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