Australian Cricket Experiences
‘Australian Cricket Experiences’, has 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!
After my first cricket tour to the West Indies in 1995 I have since 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 organising 'fun and affordable cricket tours' under the brand 'Waving The Flag', with our first adventure to India, in Feb 2001. From originally offering rudimentary 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, nightly entertainment, dinner parties, and so much more.
Importantly, we remained focussed on helping you enjoy cricket across the world with an amazing group in a fun, welcoming, and safe environment, understanding the game visits places far less comforting that your living room.
Our approach to the game bound everyone with such enthusiasm that more & more ‘Flaggers’ travelled together year after year. Not only to stay safe in numbers but knowing life at the game together made a far more memorable trip. Although many Flaggers travel the world independently, driving, hiking, biking, walking, cruising, or flying across 7 continents they, along with many, do not need their hands held on a ‘cricket tour’ but nonetheless always join us and why we offer 'Cricket Experiences' and not Cricket Tours.
As such we have evolved to bring people together at the game and little else. We leave you to get to/from the airport if your transfer is not included by the hotel and to choose your preferred sight-seeing. We will suggest group day trips should the Test Match end early and when we distribute match tickets, we will detail how to reach each venue, though these are included in our pre-Experience information pages.
As simple as our Experiences 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 for you, being UK based doesn't change my passion towards Australia. Not long ago a couple chose not to come with us simply because they thought it best 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 - ON HOLIDAY, with 25 months between Australian overseas Test Matches
2008 - Australia in Pakistan (cancelled - still went though!), 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
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