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The Trailblazers: The First English Cricket Tour of Australia, 1861-62 [Paperback]

David Frith
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Aug 1999
This work focuses on the birth of England-Australia cricket competition. It tells the story of the trail blazed by the 1861-62 English cricketers and their backers which inspired not just further tours from the old country to the new, but a regular two-way traffic. It covers in detail the information on the tour - the travelling, the play, the personalities, and even offers reconstructions of the score cards. David Frith was editor of "The Cricket Monthly" from when he founded it in 1979 to 1996. He has written widely on the history and characters of the game.

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Boundary Books Ltd (Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952207095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952207092
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of detail, some extraneous 24 Mar 2014
The first ever cricket tour by an English team in Australia was quite different to the tours of today. In 1861-62, the players – most of whom had never been abroad – faced a two-month sea voyage each way. Once there, the English team mostly faced teams fielding twenty-two opponents, such was the English superiority (if only that was still the case!) David Frith tells the story of the tour in this detailed history. In places, especially towards the beginning, it’s a little too detailed – there is a lot of extraneous information about England in 1861 and the encyclopaedia-style biographies of each player begin to drag. These chapters feel a little like padding. But, a third of the way through the book, the tour gets under way and the book really takes off. Frith tells the story of the matches and the events of the tour, an interesting read that will captivate any cricket historian
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