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Tom Melville
By Tom Melville
Updated January 7 2021 - 5:07am, first published January 6 2021 - 6:00pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a long and complicated relationship with cricket. A team of First Nations players was the first team ever to tour England in 1868. Indigenous fast bowler Eddie Gilbert got Donald Bradman out for a duck. But policies of Protectionism and assimilation whitewashed the sport, excluding First Nations people in Australia's favourite game.


Tom Melville

Tom Melville

Host, Voice of Real Australia

Originally from Canberra, Tom Melville worked for the BBC in the UK and as a freelancer in Tunisia before coming to ACM. He is the host of ACM's national podcast Voice of Real Australia.