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Australian cricket team in England in 1930

Australia won the 1930 Ashes series against England, winning two of the matches and losing one, with the other two tests drawn:

  • 1st Test (Nottingham) — England won by 93 runs - [1]
  • 2nd Test (Lord's) — Australia won by 7 wickets - [2]
  • 3rd Test (Leeds) — drawn - [3]
  • 4th Test (Manchester) — drawn - [4]
  • 5th Test (The Oval) — Australia won by an innings and 39 runs - [5]


  • 1930 Australian Team Ashes warm-up 1
  • External sources 2
  • Annual reviews 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6

1930 Australian Team Ashes warm-up

Before touring England for the 1930 Ashes Tour, the Australian team led by Bill Woodfull headed to Tasmania to play two first-class matches against Tasmania. The first match was played at the NTCA Ground before the teams moved onto Hobart. Hobart paper the Mercury said:

No previous visit of an International team has aroused more widespread interest than that of Woodfull's XI. It is thought probable that [Don] Bradman will play at Launceston and Hobart. To date this season he has made 1,400 runs in first-class cricket, and requires another 200 to equal the record he established last season. By laying in both matches his chances of breaking his own record would be enhanced. Bradman is the most popular cricketer in Australia today, and is certain of a flattering reception on the occasion of his first appearance in Tasmania."[1]

After leaving Port Melbourne on ship the Nairana, the Australians arrived in Launceston via the Tamar River at 9am on 8 March 1930, as "a big crowd waited to greet the tourists". Later that day, they started their match against a Tasmanian team that included Laurie Nash. The hosts won the toss and batted in "perfect weather", despite being bowled out for 157. Fast-bowler, Alan Fairfax was the main destroyer, taking 4 for 36 (4/36) in 13 overs. Only wicket-keeping opener James Atkinson scored a half-century, as Tasmania collapsed from 1/50. The Australians began their reply positively, with Bill Ponsford and Stan McCabe taking the score to 120 without loss. After Ponsford was dismissed on 36, Alan Kippax and McCabe saw out the final overs of the day, with McCabe finishing not out on 93 and Kippax undefeated on eight.[2]

The next day, The Australians went fishing at the Great Lake, south of Launceston, before resuming the match on Monday. After McCabe scored his century, Australia stumbled to 3/163, bringing Bradman to the crease. In Nash's second over, he trapped Bradman leg before wicket for just 20 scored in 24 minutes. The Australian were eventually bowled out for 311, despite Gerald James taking 5/97 in 22 overs. Although Nash got the wicket of Bradman, the batsmen attacked him, taking 1/82 in 13 overs. By the end of the days play, Tasmania were already under pressure at 6/109.[2]

The next day saw Tasmania bowled out for 158, as Nash was the only batsman to offer any resistance with 49. The Australians were eventual victors by ten wickets.[2] They won the following match in Hobart, before regaining the Ashes 2-1.[3]

The Australians had a stopover in Colombo en route to England and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team, which at that time did not have Test status.[4]

External sources

  • CricketArchive – tour summaries

Annual reviews


  1. ^ Hilton (2009), p. 5.
  2. ^ a b c Hilton (2009), p. 6–7.
  3. ^ The Ashes 1930, Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2009-09-14
  4. ^


Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993

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