Australian Cricket Tours
Australian Cricket Tours
‘Australian Cricket Tours’ evolved from my ‘Waving The Flag’ (a.k.a. The Flag) since 1995. I am proudly the only Australian spectator to have seen Australia play in all Test nations (plus the U.A.E.) until Afghanistan and Ireland were granted Test status last July! I've seen Australia play 1st Class Cricket in Ireland so look forward to Australia's inaugural tour to Kabul to tick the box on that country!
Since my first cricket tour to the West Indies in 1995 I have lived in London (still on my Australian passport!), from where I found it more convenient and affordable to travel the cricket world. Coincidentally, after my first Australian Test Match was enjoyed at home in Melbourne, my 200th Australian Test Match was celebrated at Lord's Cricket Ground in August 2019, which was graciously lauded with great thanks by Cricket Australia.
Travel habits have changed markedly since my first tour when one had to visit Australian Embassies to read tour squad selections in Australian newspapers. Now with everything at your fingertips, you can research and book your cricket travel online from the comfort of your living room but ultimately may still wonder ‘what happens when I get there?’ What I came to appreciate is that the game is far more enjoyable with others.
Having followed Australia to all Test Nations from 1995, after being contacted by countless wishing to 'do what I do' I commenced (with my mate Darren Moulds (ret.)) organising 'fun and affordable cricket tours' under the brand 'Waving The Flag'; our first tour to India in Feb 2001. From offering basic tours of match tickets, a bed, and yellow shirt, 'The Flag' matured to fully escorted tours including quality hotels or apartments, airport transfers, domestic travel, day trips, dinner parties, nightly entertainment, and so much more. Though that remained a hard sell for years.
Our approach to the game bound everyone with such enthusiasm that more & more ‘Flaggers’ travelled year after year. Not only to stay safe in numbers but knowing life at the game together made a far more memorable trip. Many travelled the world independently & confidently driving, hiking, biking, walking, cruising, or flying across 7 continents yet still joined our 'Cricket Tours' to enjoy the experience with awesome people.
Our years creating budget cricket tours to help more people travel the cricket world by staying in backpackers, cheap hotels, or guesthouses under a relaxed and fun brand, became a curse. Though we evolved to staying in higher-end hotels, and offering so much more, year after year we heard people say how they would love to tour with us but they don't want to stay in backpackers, even 10 years after since we offered such accommodation.
In 2017 we ditched 'Waving The Flag' to promote entirely what we do and are, 'Australian Cricket Tours'. A name not wrongly interpreted as a group of yellow-shirt wearing 'Fooligans'. We were never Fooligans, but we couldn't shake people's idea that we were, no matter how focussed we were on simply helping people enjoy cricket across the world, safely, understanding the game visits places far less comforting than your living room. So, here we are now with the more formal and 'internet friendly brand', 100% focussed on bringing people together at the game and little else.
We often leave you to get to/from the airport if your transfer is not included by the hotel and let you choose your preferred sight-seeing. We suggest group day trips should the Test Match end early and when we distribute match tickets, we detail how to reach each venue, though these are included in our pre-tour information pages.
As simple as our Australian Cricket Tours are we are still there to assist and organise. We still go out each night after play but leave you the freedom to do what you want before or after each match, when you want, however you want… without the need to pay for inclusions you just don’t need or want.
Importantly, being UK based doesn't change our passion towards Australia. Not long ago a couple chose not to come with us because they wanted to keep their money in Australia. They subsequently flew an Asian airline to stay in foreign hotels, day trip with local tour operators, and spend thousands of Australian dollars in local currency. You're going to watch cricket overseas; your money will leave Australia one way or the other so please consider the experience, knowledge, simplicity and value we bring to your cricket travel, rather than where we are based.
I look forward to welcoming you and helping you experience Australian Cricket overseas before long.
Photo: Absorbing the passion of the India Pakistan border closing ceremony!
Our Australian Cricket Touring History:
1995 - Australia in West Indies
1996 - World Cup in India and Pakistan
1997 - Australia in South Africa and England
1998 - Australia in Pakistan
1999 - World Cup (England), Australia in West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe, South Africa in Zimbabwe, England in South Africa
2000 - Australia in New Zealand
2001 - Australia in India and England
2002 - Australia in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Sharjah, India in West Indies
2003 - World Cup (South Africa and Zimbabwe), Australia in West Indies
2004 - Australia in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and India, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe
2005 - Australia in New Zealand and England, Sri Lanka in New Zealand, South Africa in West Indies
2006 - Australia in South Africa, and Bangladesh
2007 - No Test Tours Until...
2008 - Australia in Pakistan (postponed), West Indies, and India
2009 - Australia in South Africa, and England
2010 - Australia in New Zealand
2011 - World Cup (Sri Lanka), Australia in Sri Lanka, and South Africa
2012 - Australia in the West Indies
2013 - Australia in India, and England
2014 - Australia in South Africa, and UAE
2015 - Australia in the West Indies, England, and Bangladesh (cancelled)
2016 - Australia in New Zealand, and Sri Lanka
2017 - Australia in India, and Bangladesh
2018 - Australia in South Africa, and UAE
2019 - Australia in England
2020 - Australia in Bangladesh (postponed)
2021 - Australia in South Africa (postponed)
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