In collaboration with his America based friend Foxy Dean, Mailey was setting up a four-month tour of North America. Financial and organisational support was forthcoming from a number of sources, including Canadian Pacific Railway, the various cricket associations of Canada and shipping companies such as the Canadian Australasian Lines. The Australian Board of Control, perennially fussy about players organising their own tours, had given their consent. The only non-negotiable terms laid down by the sponsors was that Don Bradman had to be a member of the team. The Canadian tour promoters were already publicising Bradman’s star status as the ‘Babe Ruth of cricket’.