Australia's Cricket Hall of Fame inducts first Aboriginal player.

One of the stars of the first Australian cricket tour of England has become the first Aboriginal inducted to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

Johnny Mullagh was part of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the country's first sporting team to tour internationally.

The Hall of Fame chairman said Mullagh contributed to Australia's identity.

Mullagh took 245 wickets at an average of 10 and scored 1,698 runs during his team's tour of the United Kingdom, playing  in 45 of the 47 matches. Mullagh is credited with being a skilful all-rounder. 

Born in about 1841, Johnny Mullagh - also known by the traditional name Unaarrimin - was a Jardwadjali man from what is now the state of Victoria. He learned to play cricket working on a nearby farm.

He was among 13 Aboriginal men picked to form a team who were brought to London in 1868 by a former first-class cricketer, Charles Lawrence, an expat who had been living in Sydney.

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