To a great extent, popular representations of Indo-Australian relations have been viewed through the lens of cricket - the national game in both countries. Despite a proliferation of writing on colonial Indian cricket, Australia's contribution to it has been largely ignored. In October 1935, a team of cricketers embarked on the first Australian tour to the subcontinent.(1) The tour was conceived and financed by the Maharaja of Patiala to assist preparation of an official Indian team to tour Britain in 1936. In this paper, I will draw upon primary sources and interviews to help articulate the complex colonial relationship between the East and the West, whilst locating the ambiguous position of Australia within this. Despite predominantly conforming to the Orientalist view that Westerners considered themselves a superior 'race', the Australian cricketers demonstrated an atypical cultural sensitivity to the Orient and the 'Other'.