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In many respects, South Africa encompassed the full range of social, cultural, political, gender and racial problems which existed throughout the British empire. The South African Cricket Association (SACA), set up in 1890 to 'foster and develop cricket throughout South Africa', had no need to include racial barriers in its constitution as social custom achieved the necessary ends. From 1864 an important (and for a while the premier) fixture in South African cricket had been the match between mother country and colonial-born. The Australian Imperial Forces team visited South Africa in 1919-20 and the mining magnate S. P. Joel sponsored the England second team to South Africa in 1924-25. The Australian cricket authorities strongly supported South Africa and made it clear that they would regard all their matches as official.

in The imperial game