Australian cricket team in England in 1938

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The 1938 Ashes series between Australia and England was drawn. England and Australia won a Test each, with two of the other Tests drawn and the third game of the series, scheduled for Manchester, abandoned without a ball being bowled, only the second instance of this in more than 60 years of Test cricket. The Australians retained The Ashes.

In all 30 first-class matches were played, and the Australian team won 15 of them losing only to England and H. D. G. Leveson-Gower's XI. There were also six minor games, the Australians winning five of them.

The touring team[edit]

DG Bradman (captain - NSW) SJ McCabe (vice-captain - NSW) CL Badcock (SA) SG Barnes (NSW) BA Barnett (VIC) WA Brown (QLD) AG Chipperfield (NSW) JHW Fingleton (NSW) LO Fleetwood-Smith (VIC) AL Hassett (VIC) EL McCormick (VIC) WJ O'Reilly (NSW) MG Waite (SA) CW Walker (SA) FA Ward (SA) ESC White (NSW) Manager: Mr WH Jeanes=

The Test series[edit]

  • 1st Test (Nottingham) — drawn - [1]
  • 2nd Test (Lord's) — drawn - [2]
  • 3rd Test (Manchester) — match abandoned without a ball bowled - [3]
  • 4th Test (Leeds) — Australia won by 5 wickets - [4]
  • 5th Test (The Oval) — England won by an innings and 579 runs - [5]


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.[1]


  1. ^ "Ceylon v Australia 1938". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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