Australian Cricket Tours
Australian Cricket Tours
‘Australian Cricket Tours’ formerly toured under the brand ‘Waving The Flag’ (a.k.a. The Flag), which was created by long time Australian cricket tourist, Luke 'Sparrow' Gillian, who has been touring with Australian Cricket since 1995.
"Welcome to Australian Cricket Tours!
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 in July 2019! 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. After my first Australian Test Match was enjoyed at home in Melbourne, my 200th Australian Test Match was celebrated in my 2nd home, London, at Lord's Cricket Ground in August 2019, which was graciously lauded with great thanks by Cricket Australia.
Travel habits have changed markedly since 1995 when one had to visit Australian missions to read tour squad selections in Australian newspapers. Now with everything at your fingertips, cricket tours, and squads, can be researched and booked online from the comfort of your living room but you 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 that included quality hotels or apartments, airport transfers, domestic travel, day trips, dinner parties, nightly entertainment, and so much more.
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 with so many great people made a far more memorable trip.
So many that have toured with us, have travelled the world independently & confidently, driving, hiking, biking, walking, cruising, or flying across 7 continents yet still booked our 'Australian Cricket Tours' to enjoy the experience with awesome people.
Our early 'budget focussed tours' were created to help more people travel the world to support Australian Cricket. However staying in backpackers, cheap hotels, or guesthouses under a relaxed and fun brand, hosting upwards of 250 people on each tour, became a curse. As our brand matured, we evolved to staying in higher-end hotels, including transfers and group flights, and a lot more comfort and benefits.
Even still, year after year people would tell us how they would love to tour with us but don't want to stay in backpackers. We haven't offered hostel or guesthouse accommodation since 2006 yet somehow many think we still do. This is why we encourage people to read our tour pages in depth, to understand what you are booking, including the hotels we are staying, and which we link to for your benefit.
To fully detach from the false expectation of low to no hotel standards now very-wrongly attached to our tours, in 2017 we ditched 'Waving The Flag' and moved to 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.
Depending on where we go will effect what we include and services we offer. We list everything we include on each tour but generally we leave you to get to/from the airport, let you choose your preferred sight-seeing, and even make your own way to the game. At our pre-game dinner party, we distribute match tickets and detail how to reach each venue if we are not transfering you, though this is information included in our pre-tour pages.
As simple as our Australian Cricket Tours are, we are still there to assist and organise. We employ people that have toured with us for more than 20 years to assist and advise you on each tour, and organise important ground work that like our tours, is fully based on their experience of having been there.
If the test matches end early we will organise day trips to fill the gap, and we go out each night after play, none of which you are obliged to enjoy with us. We 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 tour with us because, using their words, they wanted to 'keep their money in Australia', and subsequently flew an Asian airline to spend thousands of Australian dollars in Sri Lanka. You're going to watch Australia play cricket overseas; your money will leave Australia one way or the other so please consider our near 30 years experience, our knowledge, and the simplicity and value we bring to your cricket touring, rather than where we are based.
I look forward to welcoming you and helping you experience Australian Cricket overseas before long.
Thank you for visiting, and touring!
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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