is one of the most popular sports in Australia
, at international, domestic and local levels. Unlike most other sports played in Australia, cricket generates equal interest in all states of the nation. In 2007, a survey by Sweeney Sports found that 52% of the Australian public have an interest in cricket, second to none. The peak administrative body for both professional and amateur cricket in Australia
is Cricket Australia
. Cricket is often known as Australia's national sport
due to its equal popularity in all parts of the country.A census conducted on behalf of Cricket Australia found that in the 2003-04 season there were 471,329 male participants in Australian cricket programs and competitions, and 47,780 female participants.
has been played in Australia for over 200 years. The first recorded cricket match in Australia took place in Sydney in December 1803 and a report in the Sydney Gazette
on 8 January 1804 suggested that cricket was already well established in the infant colony. Intercolonial cricket in Australia
started with a visit by cricketers from Victoria
to Tasmania in February 1851.
The first tour by an English team to Australia was in... Read More