England versus Australia is one of the oldest and most fiercely contested rivalries in international sport. Yet only four years before the birth of the Ashes, the first Australian cricket team to tour England, in 1878, regarded themselves as British and still called Britain home. The Strangers, as they were dubbed in the press, would encounter arrogance and ignorance, cheating umpires and murderous wickets, and even have a player "kidnapped."
Despite being openly laughed at by the crowd at Lord's, they beat a powerful MCC XI in a single day's play, and turned English cricket on its head.
A compelling social history bringing the momentous summer to life, The Strangers who Came Home reveals how these 11 extraordinary men whetted the appetite for international sport, created the template for Australian cricket and launched the game into the modern era.
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