|Full name||Basil Holmes Travers|
|Date of birth||7 July 1919|
|Place of birth||Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Date of death||18 December 1998(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Sydney, Australia|
|Rugby union career|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-pace|
|Domestic team information|
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.
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.
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. 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. He finished the season with an impressive 27 wickets at 24.25.
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.
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