As they made their way south toward Lord's to play the MCC in the second match of the tour, the intrepid tourists, or "the strangers", as they were referred to in the press, encountered arrogance and ignorance, cheating umpires, and miserable weather. But by defeating a powerful MCC side that included W.G. Grace himself in a single afternoon's play, they turned English cricket on its head. The Lord's crowd, having openly laughed at the tourists, wildly celebrated a victory that has been described as "arguably the most momentous six hours in cricket history" and claimed the Australians as their own.
The Strangers Who Came Home is a compelling social history that brings that momentous summer to life, telling the story of these extraordinary men who travelled thousands of miles, risking life and limb, playing 43 matches in England (as well as several in Philadelphia, America, on their return journey) during a demanding but ultimately triumphant homecoming; how their glorious achievements on the field of play threw open the doors to international sports touring; and how these men from the colonies provided the stimulus for Australian nationhood through their sporting success and brought unprecedented vitality to international cricket.
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By mr kieran j murphy on 03-02-18
good history of the first Aussie cricket tour
This is not about the formation of the Ashes, rather it is about the very first tour of an Australian team to England. it is a really detailed history.
By Henrik on 18-11-16
Where does The Strangers Who Came Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Possibly top 5. It's not my greatest purchase due to its specificity but it's superb!
What other book might you compare The Strangers Who Came Home to and why?
Perhaps "The Pixar Touch". James Lilywhite, although English and a rival, played an integral part in bringing the Australian team to England and to what would be legendary prominence. In "The Pixar Touch", The team behind Pixar at one point included a founder of rival animation company "Dreamworks", Jeffrey Katzenberg, but in the same way this elevated Pixar as they battled Dreamworks for Animation supremacy as The Australians battled English teams for respect towards Australian cricket.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Coote – was your favorite?
Probably Fred "the demon" Spotheff(spellcheck) because the thought of such a vicious presence in a "gentleman's sport" was fascinating and exciting to me.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, the description of the major injuries suffered by the Australians in-match made me cringe. That was mindboggling.