Finishing with a seven-wicket match haul in a thumping innings and 14-run win, Boland could not have asked for a better debut.
“I’ve never had a crowd behind me like that,” said Boland, who slotted into the side after injuries to pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson.
“I tried to soak it up when I was down at fine leg. I really enjoyed it. It felt like they were pushing me on when I was running in to bowl.
“I was just hoping I was going to be good enough.”
Boland is only the second Indigenous Australian male to play a test after Jason Gillespie
, who played his last test in
Boland grew up unaware of his Indigenous heritage, which includes links to the Gulidjan people, an Aboriginal tribe from the western part of his home state Victoria.
After discovering his ancestry seven years ago, he toured England in 2018 with other Indigenous Australian players on the 150th anniversary of the renowned 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour to the same country.
Boland won the Johnny Mullagh medal as player of the match on Tuesday, the award named in honour of one of the leading cricketers on that 1868 旅行.
“Hopefully this can be a springboard for young Aboriginals to get involved in the game of cricket,” said Boland.