It’s been described as the academic equivalent to being selected for The Ashes.
Cricket enthusiast Dr Duncan Stone will be travelling Down Under to research the sport.
And while it’s a dream for many to be paid to read up on their favourite game, the University of Huddersfield historian will actually be living it as he plans to take up the placement in Melbourne.
Dr Stone specialises in sport and the social significance of cricket in his post at the University of Huddersfield.
The trip will be the latest in a sequence of research projects for the academic, who has been presenting conference papers and meeting leading Aussie sports historians.
One of the historians is Dr Matthew Klugman, head of Sport, Heritage and Culture at Victoria University, where Dr Stone has been invited to spend a five-month visit to take part in joint research projects.
Dr Stone said: “I will get a desk in one of their satellite buildings - which I believe is on a former cricket ground.”
Victoria University is fast becoming a major hub for sports history, which the academic claims has more academic credibility in Australia.
During his time there, Dr Stone will be carrying out work in the archives at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
He also intends to research contrasting English and Australian attitudes to cricketer Donald Bradman and his “Invincibles” tour of England in 1948.
Dr Stone has a PhD from the University of Huddersfield in which he explored amateur cricket and the social issues surrounding it.
He is currently completing a book based on the thesis.
The researcher claims that attitudes to the study of sport history are changing in the UK and he now aims to publish his work in more general history journals such as his upcoming piece in Urban History.