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Cricket in Australia

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Cricket in Australia Cricket has been one of the most popular sports in Australia for more than a decade. We are one of the world's leading nations in international cricket with over two hundred thousand people watching every year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It has been played at all levels in Australia ranging from school cricket teams, to the states of Australia competing for the Sheffield Shield. Test matches are played in Australia and England for the Ashes about every two years, alternately in Australia and England. Australia also plays against India, Pakistan, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Until 1970, Australia also played against South Africa. Women's cricket was also popular. A women's match took place between New South Wales and Victoria in 1891. ...read more.

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Wickets were pitched on Batsman's Hill soon after John Batman, the founder of Victoria, selected the site of Melbourne. In November 1838, three years later, the Melbourne Cricket Club was formed. It created great influence over Australian Cricket for several years, though they have worked in harmony with the Sydney Cricket ground to arrange early tours. In 1838, the first meeting was called in South Australia to form a cricket club, known as he South Australian Cricket Association in 1871. Settlement, in Western Australia was made in 1829. Although cricket was played soon afterward, it was not regarded seriously and it was not until1893 that the Western Australia team toured eastern colonies. ...read more.

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It lasted for three days where Australia won by 45 runs. A second test match was played in 1877, also in Melbourne. England won by four wickets. This was the origin of what became one of the world's most famous sporting competitions. From 1882, the regular test matches between Australia and England were played for the Ashes. Rivalry between countries was always intense. In the 1932-33 season, England devised a leg theory attack to control the great Australian batsman Donald Bradman, which threatened relationships between Australia and Britain. The leg side was packed with fielders and the fast bowlers pitched balls that bounced dangerously towards the batsman. This attack was known as bodyline. Many experts on cricket regard Don Bradman as the greatest batsman of all time. He played 52 tests, scoring 6996 with an unrivalled average of 99.94 per game. ...read more.

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