English cricket team in Australia in 1928–29

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English cricket team in Australia in 1928–29
Date 18 October 1928 — 23 March 1929
Location Australia
Result England won the 5-Test series 4-1
Teams
 Australia  England
Captains
J Ryder APF Chapman
Most runs
WM Woodfull (511)
J Ryder (492)
DG Bradman (468)
WR Hammond (905)
EH Hendren (472)
JB Hobbs (451)
Most wickets
CV Grimmett (23)
DD Blackie (14)
JC White (25)
G Geary (19)
H Larwood (18)
MW Tate (17)

The England cricket team toured Australia in 1928–29. England, known as the MCC in matches outside the Tests, retained The Ashes, winning the first four Tests and losing the last for a 4–1 series victory.

Writing in the 1930 Wisden, SJ Southerton wrote:[1]

England were stronger in batting, more reliable and consistent in bowling and very definitely superior in fielding.

The series was defined by the prodigious runscoring of Walter Hammond, playing his maiden Ashes series, who with a run of scores of 251 at Sydney, 200 and 32 at Melbourne, and 119 not out and 177 at Adelaide, scored a then-record series aggregate of 905 runs at an average of 113.12; the record has only been surpassed once, by Donald Bradman in the 1930 Ashes.[2]

The MCC team[edit]

Percy Chapman leads out his powerful 1928-29 England team out onto the field
Larwood bowling to Beckett at 6-342 in Australia's first innings in the Third Test at Melbourne.

The MCC touring party was:[1]

Tests[edit]

First Test (Brisbane)[edit]

30 Nov - 5 Dec
Scorecard
v
521 (175.3 overs)
EH Hendren 169 (314)
H Larwood 70 (132)
JM Gregory 3/142 (42 overs)
CV Grimmett 3/167 (40 overs)
122 (50.4 overs)
J Ryder 33
H Larwood 6/32 (14.4 overs)
8/342 (dec) (135.1 overs)
CP Mead 73 (263)
DR Jardine 65* (194)
CV Grimmett 6/131 (44.1 overs)
66 (25.3 overs)
WM Woodfull 30 (73)
JC White 4/7 (6.3 overs)

Second Test (Sydney)[edit]

14 - 20 Dec
Scorecard
v
253 (108.2 overs)
WM Woodfull 68 (216)
G Geary 5/35 (18 overs)
636 (272.1 overs)
WR Hammond 251 (605)
DD Blackie 4/148 (59 overs)
397 (151.4 overs)
HSTL Hendry 112 (305)
WM Woodfull 111 (286)
MW Tate 4/99 (46 overs)
2/16 (7 overs)
G Geary 8 (21)
HSTL Hendry 2/4 (3 overs)
 England won by eight wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: DA Elder (Aus) and GA Hele (Aus)

Third Test (Melbourne)[edit]

29 Dec - 5 Jan
Scorecard
v
397 (180.5 overs)
J Ryder 112 (219)
AL Kippax 100 (255)
G Geary 3/83 (31.5 overs)
H Larwood 3/127 (37 overs)
417 (195 overs)
WR Hammond 200 (472)
DD Blackie 6/94 (44 overs)
351 (165.5 overs)
DG Bradman 112 (281)
WM Woodfull 107 (309)
JC White 5/107 (56.5 overs)
7/332 (159.5 overs)
H Sutcliffe 135 (462)
CV Grimmett 2/96 (42 overs)
 England won by three wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: DA Elder (Aus) and GA Hele (Aus)

Fourth Test (Adelaide)[edit]

1 - 8 Feb
Scorecard
v
334 (183.1 overs)
WR Hammond 119* (374)
CV Grimmett 5/102 (52.1 overs)
369 (160 overs)
A Jackson 164 (331)
JC White 5/130 (60 overs)
MW Tate 4/77 (42 overs)
383 (200.4 overs)
WR Hammond 177 (603)
DR Jardine 98 (378)
RK Oxenham 4/67 (47.4 overs)
336 (151.5 overs)
J Ryder 87 (155)
JC White 8/126 (64.5 overs)
 England won by 12 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: DA Elder (Aus) and GA Hele (Aus)

Fifth Test (Melbourne)[edit]

8–16 March
Scorecard
v
519 (215.1 overs)
JB Hobbs 142 (301)
M Leyland 137 (330)
TW Wall 3/123 (49 overs)
PM Hornibrook 3/142 (48 overs)
491 (271.3 overs)
DG Bradman 123 (247)
WM Woodfull 102 (381)
G Geary 5/105 (81 overs)
257 (86.3 overs)
JB Hobbs 65 (126)
MW Tate 54 (57)
M Leyland 53 (138)
TW Wall 5/66 (26 overs)
5/287 (134.1 overs)
J Ryder 57 (172)
WAS Oldfield 48 (156)
A Jackson 46 (75)
WR Hammond 3/53 (26 overs)
 Australia won by five wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: GA Hele (Aus) and AC Jones (Aus)

Ceylon[edit]

The English team had a stopover in Colombo en route to Australia and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team, which at that time did not have Test status.[3]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ralph Barker & Irving Rosenwater, England v Australia: A compendium of Test cricket between the countries 1877-1968, Batsford, 1969, ISBN 0-7134-0317-9.
  • Percy Fender, The Turn of the Wheel: MCC Team in Australia 1928-29, London, 1929
  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1930