The sport of cricket is embedded in Australian culture owing to our British heritage. In this episode Mohammed is infatuated by cricket, but his father isn't keen on it. He believes it's not a game for 'wogs', that it is the preserve of 'Australians'.
An interesting event in Australian cricketing history is that 14 Indigenous players toured England in 1868 to showcase their skills. The team performed well on the long tour, playing 47 games of which they won 14 and drew 19. This was the first organised group of Australian cricketers to travel overseas.
- Ask students to consider how the game of cricket became so popular and widespread in Australia, where many believe that Australian cricket is the best in the world. Have students develop a questionnaire about the popularity of cricket, which they can then put to other students, teachers and parents. Ask them to collate the results and prepare a report on popular opinion in their community about cricket in Australia.
- Divide the class into small groups, assign them an era in Australian history, eg 1851–1910 or 1911–1939, and ask them to research the contribution of Indigenous cricketers during this period. Each group could produce a poster with images of the cricketers and information about their achievements.
- Ask students to research an aspect of Australian cricket. For example, they might write a report about their favourite team, player or coach. This information can be presented in a digital slideshow format or as a poster. Alternatively, ask the students to create an advertisement for publicising the wonders of Australian cricket to the rest of the world. The advertisement could be for a magazine or for television.