From the 1932-33 Ashes series in Australia to the Kerry Packer ‘World Series of Cricket’ concept in 1977, Australia has been instrumental in the popularity of cricket. Although believed to have been played in England since the 1600’s, cricket’s popularity took off in the late 1700’s. Word spread to all parts of the British Empire and colonies. By the late 1800’s international test matches cricket were being was played between England and Australia. Australia has won many cricket trophies over the decades. Our world-renowned skill has humble beginnings as a colonial game.