Australian Cricketers in Wales

1 Jul 2009

As history is made at Cardiff’s Swalec Stadium, what better way to warm up for the first ever Ashes Test to be played on Welsh soil than to take a journey through Welsh/Australian cricket at its best with  The Australian Cricketers in Wales  (Gomer).

The story of  The Australian Cricketers in Wales  is packed with high drama, breathtaking feats, brave performances and thrilling matches played in front of capacity crowds. Andrew Hignell treats the reader to a celebration of every visit to Wales by an Australian touring team since their first in 1868. Comprehensively illustrated with archive photographs, memorabilia and choice statistics, this concise and informative guide presents a brief recap of games long, and not so long ago.

From that first visit by an Aborigine team back in 1868, to famous Glamorgan victories over their illustrious visitors in 1964 and 1968, on to the mighty Australian triumph in the 1999 World Cup whilst based at Cardiff, this book showcases the highlights of many a hard fought match and looks ahead to welcoming the stars of the future at the Swalec Stadium.

But the book also reveals some interesting snippets from the past. Brains may well be the official sponsor of the Welsh National Rugby Team, but it was for Glamorgan Cricket that J.H Brain of the famous brewing family played in 1902. And in 1905, Glamorgan’s Cardiff Arms Park missed out on the right to host an official Test match by just one vote to Nottingham’s Trent Bridge. Little did they think at the time, that it would take another 104 years for the club to be recognised as an official venue for the Ashes Tour.

As Wales welcomes the Australians to Welsh soil with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, the eyes of the cricket fans everywhere will be on Cardiff. Who knows what the Ashes Tour of 2009 will bring.

Prolific cricket author and statistician Dr Andrew Hignell is the Glamorgan first XI scorer. A former teacher and self-confessed cricket addict, he is now full-time archivist at Glamorgan Cricket.

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