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At the conclusion of the BBC highlights of the first match of the Commonwealth Bank Series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) yesterday, in which Australia beat England, a flag was shown flying from a pole. It was a fairly dark green, with the Cricket Australia logo in green above the words "CRICKET AUSTRALIA" in one line in yellow. The logo (which can be seen at Cricket Australia's official website) is a shield featuring the stars of the southern cross in white (points as in the Australian national flag) against a green and yellow background which I can only describe as the sun (with rays) rising against a green sky behind a green cricket ball/horizon. The logo is used with kangaroo and emu supporters on the players' shirts in both forms of the game, resembling the coat of arms which was formerly used.
There was no indication of where the flag was flying, so it could have been on
one of the stands because Australia were playing in the match, or a
permanent feature since Cricket Australia's headquarters are at the MCG.
Cricket Australia was previously known as the Australian Cricket Board,
and had a logo made up of a pentagonal shield with a blue field, the
letters ACB in white in the chief and five parallel yellow diagonal lines
of varying thickness coming from the bottom left edge and ending at five
white stars forming the southern cross. This logo was used on a white
background as a flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 13 January 2007
A similar flag has been flying at the Sydney Cricket Ground for at least
the last two days, however the lettering is now "CRICKET" (large) over
"AUSTRALIA" (smaller). In this case, it was flying from the Ladies' Stand, in a position
generally used for flags of entities in some sense responsible for
whichever event is being played.
Jonathan Dixon, 2 March 2008
Today the Sydney Morning Herald (Column 8) runs a little article about a mysterious flag:
For six years Dover Heights vexillologist George Poulos has searched vainly for one of Australia's earliest national flags. In 1899, two years before the Federation, England was toured by an Australian cricket team flying a green and gold flag. He says green and gold were chosen because they were not used by any of the colonial teams squabbling over the colours. "But not even the Australian Cricket Board has any idea what the flag looks like... I am aching to see it." He hopes a descendant of the players has a picture tucked away.Miles Li, 5 September 2002