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South African cricket team in Australia in 1971–72 (proposed)

The South African national cricket team was meant to tour Australia over the 1971–72 Australian summer.

However, the tour was cancelled after protests from the anti-apartheid movement; in making this decision, the Australian Cricket Board had been influenced by the protests that accompanied the 1971 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia.[1]

South Africa's selected squad was:[2]

Barlow subsequently withdrew for business reasons and was replaced by Arthur Short.

The tour was replaced by a tour from a Rest of the World XI, which included Hylton Ackerman, Graeme Pollock and Peter Pollock.

As a result of the tour's cancellation, South Africa's exclusion from international cricket was formalised. South Africa would not tour Australia again until the 1992 Cricket World Cup, and would not make another full tour until 1993-94.


  1. ^ Martin Williamson, "When People Power Sunk South Africa", Cricinfo 1 October 2005
  2. ^ "S. African cricket squad is named". The Canberra Times. 8 April 1971. p. 18. Retrieved 30 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.

Further reading

  • Bruce Murray and Christopher Merrett, Caught Behind: Race and Politics in Springbok Cricket, Wits University Press and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Johannesburg and Scottsville, 2004, pp. 146–58

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