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.