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Australian cricket team in England in 1884

 

Australian cricket team in England in 1884

The 1884 Australian cricket team. Back row (l-r) Percy McDonnell, George Alexander (manager), George Giffen, George Palmer. Middle row (l-r) Fred Spofforth, Jack Blackham, Billy Murdoch, George Bonnor, Billy Midwinter, Alick Bannerman, Harry Boyle. Front row (l-r) William Cooper, Tup Scott.

The CricketArchive as first-class.

1884 was the first English season to feature more than a single Test match.[notes 1] A three-match series was scheduled which included the inaugural Tests at both Old Trafford and Lord's. The third Test was played at the Oval which had staged the Tests in 1880 and 1882. England won the Test series 1–0 with an innings victory in the second Test at Lord's, while the first and third Tests were drawn. The 1884 series was the first Ashes series in England, following publication of the mock "ashes" obituary after the 1882 Test.

The tour was dogged by financial controversy with the Australians accused by the British press of being interested only in money. The allegations were refuted by the Australian press but it later became clear, when an England team arrived in Australia the following winter, that there had been a financial dispute between Alexander and the English team manager James Lillywhite, resulting in the two teams at first boycotting each other. The dispute was never evident while Murdoch's team was in England as they completed all their scheduled fixtures, winning eighteen matches and losing seven with seven drawn.

Contents

  • Australian squad 1
  • England Test selections 2
  • Tour preparations and voyages 3
  • Tour itinerary 4
  • Test series 5
    • First Test 5.1
    • Second Test 5.2
    • Third Test 5.3
  • Other matches 6
  • Statistical summary 7
  • Controversy and aftermath 8
  • References 9
    • Footnotes 9.1
    • Notes 9.2
    • Sources 9.3
  • Further reading 10

Australian squad

Australia had a 13-man squad captained by

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  • "Australians in England, 1884".  

Further reading

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  • Harte, Chris (1993). A History of Australian Cricket. London: Andre Deutsch.  
  • Mortimer, David (2005). Old Trafford – Test Match Cricket Since 1884. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.  
  • Mortimer, David (2005). The Oval – Test Match Cricket Since 1880. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.  
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Notes

  1. ^ It should be noted that the term "Test cricket" was not current before the 1890s. The term was first defined by an Australian cricket writer, Clarence Moody, who published a list of matches to which he assigned "Test status" and this in due course received official recognition.
  2. ^ Several England players also represented Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  3. ^ The Sydney Cricket Ground was known as the Association Ground until 1893–94 and renamed ahead of the 1894–95 season.[37]
  4. ^ The match at Leicester is the only one on the tour not considered first-class by CricketArchive. Leicestershire joined the County Championship in 1895 and are rated first-class from that season.

Footnotes

References

When the Fifth Australians toured England in 1886, the team was selected and managed by the Melbourne Club which was mindful of the past controversy. As a result, Murdoch, McDonnell and Bannerman were omitted despite still being leading batsmen.[93] Boyle was unavailable, as were Horan and Massie who had toured in 1882, while Alexander, Cooper and Midwinter were no longer in contention for places. Scott was appointed captain and the other survivors of 1884 were Blackham, Bonnor, Giffen, Palmer and Spofforth.[93]

The problems spilled over into the next Australian season when an English team formed by Alfred Shaw, James Lillywhite and Arthur Shrewsbury toured. A disagreement between Alexander and Lillywhite led to members of the Fourth Australians refusing to play against the tourists in certain matches and then being banned by the colonial authorities from playing in others. Having agreed contracts for matches with the colonial authorities, Lillywhite offered Alexander 30% of the gate receipts from the first two Tests, but Murdoch and the rest of the team insisted on 50%.[92] One outcome was that Australia had to make eleven changes to their team for the second Test after terms could not be agreed with the Fourth Australians.[40] The Fourth Australians had made up the team in the first Test but refused to play in the second Test in which nine debutants were necessary alongside Tom Horan and Sammy Jones.[92]

The bad feeling about the proceeds from the Lord's Test lingered and, at the end of their tour, the Fourth Australians faced more recriminations from the British press. Among other things, they were accused of "introducing a bloodthirsty spirit" and "playing too obviously for money's sake".[15] This criticism was countered by The Australasian of 11 October, whose cricket writer Tom Horan, though himself no supporter of Murdoch's team, objected to the "spiteful criticism from certain portions of the English press" and pointed out the "narrow-minded and insulting abuse levelled at the Australian cricketers".[15] However, in his history of Lord's, Warner stated that the Australians had "evidently come into favour" and that "the rows and bickerings of the past were happily over and done with".[86]

Controversy and aftermath

[91] In his history,

Putting the Australian performances into perspective, only eight Englishmen made 1,000 runs and only Harris scored more than Murdoch. Louis Hall with four completed the most centuries while Harris, Grace, Ulyett and Billy Bates made three apiece.[89] Spofforth was easily the highest wicket-taker, beating the best English bowler Ted Peate by 70 while Palmer was third overall. Seven other Englishmen managed 100 wickets in the season.[90]

Murdoch, Percy McDonnell and Giffen all scored 1,000 runs for the Australians in the 1884 season while Scott, Bannerman and Bonnor topped 900. Murdoch scored two centuries including his 211 at the Oval; Giffen, McDonnell and Scott one apiece.[16] The outstanding bowler, as on previous tours, was Spofforth who took 205 wickets for the Australians at an average of 12.50 with a best performance of 8/62. Palmer took 130 wickets at 16.14 and the other main bowlers were Giffen (81 wickets) and Boyle (62). Midwinter took 15 wickets while the other players bowled occasionally only.[88] Blackham was the wicket-keeper in 28 out of the 31 first-class matches, Murdoch standing in for him in the other three. Blackham held 23 catches and completed 16 stumpings. Eight fielders held more than twenty catches each, the most being Bonnor's 31.[16]

Statistical summary

An innings of 60 by Lord Harris helped Kent recover from a first innings deficit before the Australians, batting last, collapsed to lose by 96 runs at Canterbury.[67] The first match against Gloucestershire was drawn, W. G. Grace scoring 116 not out for his county.[68] The Australians won the second match convincingly with an innings total of 402 (Giffen 91, Billy Murdoch 89) before dismissing Gloucestershire for only 83.[70] This began a good finish to the tour as the Australians won five of the last seven matches following the third Test. They twice defeated the South by an innings, Spofforth taking a total of 24 wickets in these two matches, but were again beaten by the North, for whom Dick Barlow scored a century and took ten wickets in the match.[74]

[66] The Australians struggled in a drawn game against Sussex for whom [63] was their only win in four matches at Lord's.[86] Between the first and second Tests, the Australian victory over Middlesex, whose batting could not cope with Spofforth,

The next ten matches prior to the Lord Harris were all stumped by Jack Blackham.[87]

The Australians had mixed success in their next five matches, winning against Surrey and an All-England XI but losing to Oxford, MCC and the Gentlemen. An innings of 71 by Tup Scott in a low-scoring match was the key to defeating Surrey by 8 wickets.[47] Centuries by Grace, A. G. Steel and Barnes gave MCC an innings victory at Lord's[48] and Warner described this feat as "remarkable".[86]

The tour began well for the Australians with an innings victory in their opening match at Uckfield against a team chosen by Joey Palmer only, and they both took ten wickets in the match. However, the key performance in conditions that helped the bowling was Alick Bannerman's innings of 94 which alone outscored the Sheffield XI's first innings total of 86.[45]

Other matches

The two main features of England's first innings were Scotton's "stonewalling" and Read's (batting at number ten) "hard and rapid hitting".[85] Scotton's 90 in six hours and Read's 117 in two enabled England to reach a respectable 346 but they still had to follow on, 205 runs behind. But the time taken by Scotton's innings left Australia with not enough time to bowl England out again and the result was a draw.[85]

After McDonnell had made 103 out of 158, Murdoch and Scott completed the first double-century partnership in Test cricket. England, as the score mounted, used 11 bowlers: the first time in Test cricket that an entire team including the wicketkeeper was called upon to bowl. On this occasion, the wicketkeeper Lyttelton was the most successful bowler, taking 4/19. Grace, keeping wicket to Lyttelton, took a catch to dismiss Midwinter.[84]

The final Test at the Oval was played in hot weather and Murdoch created a then-record score of 211, the first double-century in Test cricket. Murdoch was helped by three missed chances off the bowling of Ulyett when he had made 46, 171 and 205.[40] England followed on but had only lost two wickets when time ran out and the match was drawn.[15][83]

11–13 August 1884
Cricket Archive – Third Test scorecard
v
551 (311 overs)
Billy Murdoch 211 (525)
Hon. A. Lyttelton 4/19 (12 overs)
346 (198 overs)
Walter Read 117 (155)
Joey Palmer 4/90 (54 overs)
85/2 (26 overs)
Arthur Shrewsbury 37 (33)
George Giffen 1/18 (7 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: Frank Farrands and Charles Pullin
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Third Test

Soon afterwards, the London press reported that the entire proceeds of the match, a sum of £1,334, had been awarded to the Australians. This had been agreed beforehand by Alexander and Harris to enable the tourists to cover their costs, but the press disapproved and accused the Australians of being mercenary and acting outside the spirit of the game. Harte commented on the extreme bias of the press as, in all their other games, the Australians received only a share of the gate money, "an arrangement appreciated by the county clubs as the visitors' popularity always boosted takings".[82]

[40] When Scott was dismissed for 75 in the Australian first innings, he was caught by his own captain Murdoch off the bowling of Steel. Murdoch was on as a substitute for an injured English player and this was the first time in Test cricket that a batsman was dismissed by a catch taken by a substitute fielder.[81] However, Ulyett is best remembered in this match for taking what [80] Despite another good effort by Scott on the final day, Australia failed to avoid the innings defeat. Ulyett bowled very well but may have been helped by the state of the ground.[81] Barlow later recorded that the score was 135/5 when he went out to join Steel and recalled Lord Harris, the England captain, saying to him: "For Heaven's sake, Barlow, stop this rot!" Barlow and Steel added 98 for the sixth wicket.[80] While Steel was in, 261 runs were added and he made 148 including thirteen boundaries. It was the highest score made against the Australians during the season. By close of play, Australia had lost four wickets in their second innings for only 73 runs.[80] Steel commenced his innings on the second morning and shared successful partnerships with Ulyett, Barlow and Lyttelton.[80] At close of play on the first day, England were 90/3 so the match was evenly poised, with Lucas on 28 and Shrewsbury on 27.[80] reporting that Scott played "cool, confident, skilful cricket" in an innings of 75.Wisden Batting first, Australia were reduced to 160/9 despite an innings of 63 by Giffen; but then Scott and Boyle added 69 for the final wicket, [80] recorded that the main elements of England's success were "the magnificent batting of A. G. Steel and the bowling of Ulyett".Wisden

This was the inaugural Lord's Test and England won by an innings after a century by A. G. Steel and fine bowling by Ted Peate and George Ulyett.[80] The game ended just after lunch on the third day.[14]

21–23 July 1884
Cricket Archive – Second Test scorecard
v
229 (105.2 overs)
Tup Scott 75
Ted Peate 6/85 (40 overs)
379 (184.1 overs)
A. G. Steel 148
Joey Palmer 6/111 (75 overs)
145 (94.1 overs)
Tup Scott 31*
George Ulyett 7/36 (39.1 overs)
England won by an innings and 5 runs
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: Frank Farrands and Charles Pullin
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Second Test

Chris Harte commented that the match was also the origin of Old Trafford's "reputation for wet weather", the game being drawn after rain had made the first day unplayable.[14][78] The match was therefore reduced to two days play and it was reported that the wicket dried much quicker than expected and conditions were never difficult for batting.[77] Even so, England were all out for 95 in their first innings, Boyle taking six wickets for 42 runs conceded (i.e., 6/42) with his medium-paced spin and Spofforth 4/42. Shrewsbury, displaying "masterly technique", scored 43 to save his team from real embarrassment.[77] In their first innings, Australia "hit with more vigour and confidence than their opponents" and scored 182, a lead of 87. Their top scorer was Midwinter with 37.[79] The wicket had dried out on the final day and England were able to bat out time and secure the draw, scoring 180 for the loss of 9 wickets (i.e., 180/9). Grace was top scorer with a patient 31 and Joey Palmer was the best of the Australian bowlers "with his controlled off- and leg-cutters".[79]

This was the inaugural Old Trafford Test and, as Chris Harte described it, "the first time that a match of such importance had been staged outside of London".[14] Selection of an England home Test team in the 19th century was the privilege of the host club and Lancashire selected five local players in their squad of twelve, although Jack Crossland missed out and was made twelfth man. Barlow, Hornby, Pilling and Steel all played as it was believed their presence would boost the gate receipts.[77]

10 – 12 July 1884
Cricket Archive – First Test scorecard
v
95 (63 overs)
Arthur Shrewsbury 43
Harry Boyle 6/42 (25 overs)
182 (130 overs)
Billy Midwinter 37
George Ulyett 3/41 (30 overs)
180/9 (130 overs)
W. G. Grace 31
Joey Palmer 4/47 (36 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play on Day 1.

First Test

Test series

Date Match title Venue Result
12 May Lord Sheffield's XI v Australians Sheffield Park, Uckfield Australians won by an innings and 6 runs[45]
15 May Oxford University v Australians Christ Church Ground, Oxford Oxford University won by 7 wickets[46]
19 May Surrey v Australians The Oval, London Australians won by 8 wickets[47]
22 May Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) v Australians Lord's Cricket Ground, London MCC won by an innings and 115 runs[48]
26 May England XI v Australians Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham Australians won by 4 wickets[49]
29 May Gentlemen of England v Australians Lord's Cricket Ground, London Gentlemen won by 4 wickets[50]
2 June Derbyshire v Australians County Ground, Derby Australians won by an innings and 40 runs[51]
5 June Lancashire v Australians Old Trafford, Manchester Match drawn[52]
9 June Yorkshire v Australians Park Avenue, Bradford Australians won by 3 wickets[53]
12 June Nottinghamshire v Australians Trent Bridge, Nottingham Australians won by 3 wickets[54]
16 June Cambridge University v Australians FP Fenner's Ground, Cambridge Australians won by an innings and 81 runs[55]
19 June North v Australians Old Trafford, Manchester North won by an innings and 22 runs[56]
23 June Liverpool and District v Australians Aigburth, Liverpool Australians won by 1 wicket[57]
26 June Gentlemen of England v Australians The Oval, London Australians won by 46 runs[58]
30 June Players v Australians Bramall Lane, Sheffield Australians won by 6 wickets[59]
3 July England XI v Australians Fartown, Huddersfield Match drawn[60]
10 July England v Australia (First Test) Old Trafford, Manchester Match drawn[61]
14 July Leicestershire v Australians[notes 4] Grace Road, Leicester Australians won by 10 wickets[62]
17 July Middlesex v Australians Lord's Cricket Ground, London Australians won by an innings and 29 runs[63]
21 July England v Australia (Second Test) Lord's Cricket Ground, London England won by an innings and 5 runs[64]
24 July Sussex v Australians County Ground, Hove Match drawn[65]
31 July Players v Australians The Oval, London Australians won by 9 wickets[66]
4 August Kent v Australians St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury Kent won by 96 runs[67]
7 August Gloucestershire v Australians Clifton College Close Ground, Bristol Match drawn[68]
11 August England v Australia (Third Test) The Oval, London Match drawn[69]
18 August Gloucestershire v Australians College Ground, Cheltenham Australians won by an innings and 136 runs[70]
21 August Nottinghamshire v Australians Trent Bridge, Nottingham Match drawn[71]
25 August Cambridge University Past and Present v Australians County Ground, Hove Australians won by 142 runs[72]
28 August South v Australians Bat and Ball Ground, Gravesend Australians won by an innings and 107 runs[73]
1 Sept North v Australians Trent Bridge, Nottingham North won by 170 runs[74]
4 Sept I Zingari v Australians North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough Australians won by 8 wickets[75]
11 Sept South v Australians The Oval, London Australians won by an innings and 5 runs[76]

The following is a list of the matches played by the Fourth Australians, all but one of which are recognised by CricketArchive as first-class fixtures:[43][44]

Tour itinerary

The outward bound voyage had a short stopover at Colombo where the Australians played a drawn game on Galle Face Green against a Ceylon XVIII in a one-day match on 1 April.[41] The return voyage also stopped off in Colombo and the team played another odds match, again on Galle Face Green and drawn, on 23 October.[42]

After one final match in Adelaide, which was the last time South Australia needed odds (i.e., extra men) to compete, the tourists left Melbourne on 11 March 1884 aboard the P & O steamer Sutlej and arrived at Plymouth on 29 April.[14] With a programme of 32 fixtures arranged, the first game in England began on 12 May at Sheffield Park, Uckfield and the last game against the South of England was completed on 12 September.[14] The team travelled home on the SS Mirzapore and reached Melbourne again in early November.[39] Murdoch enjoyed a shipboard romance on the return voyage with an heiress called Jemima Watson whom he married at Fitzroy, Victoria in December, only a few weeks after the Mirzapore berthed.[40]

Unlike other Australian touring teams, the 1884 team organised the project themselves and so it was a private business venture which involved none of the Australian colonial cricket associations.[14] The players invested agreed sums to fund their travel and cover any losses.[14]

The Fourth Australian team was selected after Christmas 1883 at which time Victoria were playing New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in a match which ended on New Year's Eve with a three wicket win by Victoria.[34][35] Another match was arranged to start on New Year's Day, also at the MCG, between the Fourth Australians and a Combined XI.[34] All the tour selections except Spofforth were playing, though Scott played for the Combined XI.[36] Murdoch scored a career-high 279 not out and McDonnell 111 in a total of 619, the result being a draw.[34] A return match with the Combined XI was arranged in February at the Association Ground in Sydney.[notes 3] Scott played for the Fourth Australians, replacing Alexander, and Spofforth played for the Combined XI, the Fourth Australians winning by 9 wickets.[38]

Tour preparations and voyages

Bowlers
Name County Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
S. Christopherson Kent (1861-11-11)11 November 1861 (aged 22) Right-handed Right arm fast [32]
E. Peate Yorkshire (1855-03-02)02 March 1855 (aged 29) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox [33]
Wicketkeepers
Name County Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
A. Lyttelton Middlesex (1857-02-07)07 February 1857 (aged 27) Right-handed Right arm slow underarm [30]
R. Pilling Lancashire (1855-08-11)11 August 1855 (aged 28) Right-handed none [31]
All-rounders
Name County Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
W. Barnes Nottinghamshire (1852-05-27)27 May 1852 (aged 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [26]
W. G. Grace Gloucestershire (1848-07-18)18 July 1848 (aged 35) Right-handed Right arm medium pace roundarm [27]
A. G. Steel Lancashire (1858-09-24)24 September 1858 (aged 25) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [28]
G. Ulyett Yorkshire (1851-10-21)21 October 1851 (aged 32) Right-handed Right arm fast roundarm [29]
Batsmen
Name County Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
R. G. Barlow Lancashire (1851-05-28)28 May 1851 (aged 32) Right-handed Left arm medium pace [18]
Lord Harris Kent (1851-02-03)03 February 1851 (aged 33) Right-handed Right arm fast roundarm [19]
A. N. Hornby Lancashire (1847-02-10)10 February 1847 (aged 37) Right-handed Right arm medium pace [20]
A. P. Lucas Middlesex (1857-02-20)20 February 1857 (aged 27) Right-handed Right arm slow roundarm [21]
T. C. O'Brien Middlesex (1861-11-05)05 November 1861 (aged 22) Right-handed none [22]
W. W. Read Surrey (1855-11-23)23 November 1855 (aged 28) Right-handed Right arm slow underarm [23]
W. H. Scotton Nottinghamshire (1856-01-15)15 January 1856 (aged 28) Left-handed Left arm fast-medium [24]
A. Shrewsbury Nottinghamshire (1856-04-11)11 April 1856 (aged 28) Right-handed none [25]

Details of the England players include their ages at the beginning of the 1884 season, their batting and bowling styles, and the county club[notes 2] they represented in 1884:

England selected a total of 16 players in the three Tests. Six players (Barlow, Grace, Peate, Shrewsbury, Steel and Ulyett) played in all three matches. O'Brien (first Test) and Christopherson (second Test) made their Test debuts. Hornby captained England in the first Test and Harris in the other two.[17]

England Test selections

Australia used the same eleven players in all three Tests, Scott making his debut in the first Test, and in the majority of their first-class matches as Alexander was effectively a reserve who made only five appearances on the tour and Cooper, who also made just five appearances, suffered a long-term injury.[15][16]

The 1884 squad was very similar to the 1882 squad with Alexander, Cooper, Midwinter and Scott replacing Tom Garrett, Tom Horan, Sammy Jones and Hugh Massie. Cooper and Scott were making their first visit to England.[14]

Bowlers
Name Colony Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
H. F. Boyle Victoria (1854-05-11)11 May 1854 (aged 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace roundarm [10]
W. H. Cooper Victoria (1854-10-18)18 October 1854 (aged 29) Right-handed Right arm leg break [11]
G. E. Palmer Victoria (1854-05-11)11 May 1854 (aged 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace and off break [12]
F. R. Spofforth New South Wales (1854-10-18)18 October 1854 (aged 29) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [13]
All-rounders
Name Colony Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
G. Giffen South Australia (1854-05-11)11 May 1854 (aged 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace and off break [8]
W. E. Midwinter Victoria (1854-10-18)18 October 1854 (aged 29) Right-handed Right arm medium pace roundarm [9]
Wicket-keepers
Name Colony Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
J. M. Blackham Victoria (1854-05-11)11 May 1854 (aged 30) Right-handed none [6]
W. L. Murdoch New South Wales (1854-10-18)18 October 1854 (aged 29) Right-handed none [7]
H. J. H. Scott Victoria (1858-12-26)26 December 1858 (aged 25) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium [5]
P. S. McDonnell Victoria (1858-11-13)13 November 1858 (aged 25) Right-handed none [4]
G. J. Bonnor New South Wales (1855-02-25)25 February 1855 (aged 29) Right-handed Right arm medium pace [3]
A. C. Bannerman New South Wales (1854-03-21)21 March 1854 (aged 30) Right-handed Right arm medium pace roundarm [2]
G. Alexander Victoria (1851-04-22)22 April 1851 (aged 33) Right-handed Right arm fast roundarm [1]
Name Colony Birth date Batting style Bowling style Ref
Batsmen


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