Indigenous Cricket teams leading into a unique Vanuatu experience
Australia's women's and men's Indigenous teams will each play four T20s in Vanuatu to mark their first tours in five years
Both teams will wear Indigenous-themed one-day international kits designed by Aunty Fiona Clarke and Courtney Fewquandie. Vanuatu is an emerging cricketing nation with more than 25,000 cricket participants from a population of approximately 300,000 people.
The Australian national women's Indigenous squad will be captained by Kamilaroi woman Hannah Darlington, while Biripi man Tyran Liddiard will take the gloves for the men's side. The teams will play matches against Vanuatu's national sides between May 3-10.
For Australia's men's and women's Indigenous squads, travelling to an emerging cricketing nation like Vanuatu is a brilliant opportunity to grow the game and showcase their incredible culture.
The national Indigenous squads' last international trip was in 2018 on a commemorative tour to England that marked the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that travelled to England.
Kamilaroi woman Darlington was on that UK tour and would love to see more matches scheduled for the national Indigenous squads.
"I've always had a dream that one day, there would be a yearly fixture," Darlington said.
"I think it'd be amazing if we had a Maori versus Indigenous match yearly – one year we're in Australia, one year we're in New Zealand.
"Obviously the last few years have been a bit riddled for everyone in terms of COVID, so this is an exciting opportunity that we get to travel to Vanuatu, which is a pretty special place."
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Courtesy Cricket Australia