Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade before they leave Sri Lanka
Posted on June 25th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna

Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade as a farewell gesture by driving them through the streets of Colombo (Galle Road near Galle Face Green) once this popular Australian cricket tour is over.

This is exactly what the Australians did in Melbourne on February 17, 1961 when they bid goodbye to the West Indian Cricket Team led by Frank Worrell.

Australia beat West Indies by 2 to 1 in a close contest which went down to the wire.

In a time of misery let us thank the Aussies for bringing smiles on to faces of our fellow Sri Lankans in more ways than one. 

Cricket always brings people together. This Australian tour has really caught the spirit and imagination of the cricket loving Sri Lankan public. It has helped to drown our sorrows and anxieties.

In the following video clip, we see Sri Lankan Cricket fans cheer Australian Cricketers in an extraordinary display of warmth and generousity of spirit towards a rival foreign team rarely seen in playing fields.

‘Extraordinary’ Colombo crowd reception has Aussies stunned | Sri Lanka v Australia 2022

Senaka Weeraratna

See also

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/west-indies-tour-of-australia-1960-61-61907/photo

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