Basil Travers

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Basil 'Jika' Travers
Jika Travers 1948.jpg
Full name Basil Holmes Travers
Date of birth (1919-07-07)7 July 1919
Place of birth Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of death 18 December 1998(1998-12-18) (aged 79)
Place of death Sydney, Australia
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1947-1949 England 6 (4)
Basil Travers
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-pace
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946–1948 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 24
Runs scored 718
Batting average 25.64
100s/50s –/4
Top score 65 not out
Balls bowled 3221
Wickets 48
Bowling average 30.20
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 4/65
Catches/stumpings 27/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 May 2014

Basil Holmes 'Jika' Travers, AM, OBE, (7 July 1919 – 18 December 1998) was an Australian sportsman and educator who played in the England national rugby union team and played first-class cricket with Oxford University.

Military career[edit]

Travers served with Australian forces in New Guinea in World War II as a brigade major.[1] He was awarded the OBE for his service.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Travers, a Shore old boy, went to New College, Oxford, after the war to study on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was capped six times in total for England, the first in the 1947 Five Nations Championship, which England were joint winners of, where he played in their games against both Ireland and Wales. He also played in a friendly against his home country in 1948, as well as making appearances in the 1948 and 1949 Five Nations. The only points of his international career came courtesy of two conversions in a Test against Scotland.[3]

Cricket career[edit]

An all-rounder at cricket, he was a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler. Travers scored 718 runs at 25.64 and took 48 wickets at 30.20 from his 24 first-class matches. All but one of those matches were for Oxford University, with the other coming in a match for the Free Foresters Cricket Club when he swapped sides and played against the University.[4] Although he never scored a century or managed a five wicket haul, Travers made four half centuries and had best figures of 4/65.

One of Travers' biggest tests came on his first-class debut, against India in 1946. Oxford batted first and Travers was dismissed for just 13 by Vinoo Mankad, in what would be his only innings of the match. He had success with the ball though, taking the wickets of middle order players Raosaheb Nimbalkar and Nawab of Pataudi to finish with 2/48.[5] He finished the season with an impressive 27 wickets at 24.25.[6]

Education career[edit]

Returning to Australia, Travers was the Headmaster of the Launceston Church Grammar School from 1953 to 1958, and later the Headmaster of the Sydney Church of England Grammar School from 1959 to 1984. An Australian Schoolboys rugby trophy has been named in his honour, called the BH Travers Shield.


  1. ^ Wisden 2000, p. 1561.
  2. ^ World War Two Nominal Roll
  3. ^ "Jika Travers". 
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Basil Travers". CricketArchive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Oxford University v Indians 1946". CricketArchive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "First-class Bowling in Each Season by Basil Travers". CricketArchive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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