English cricket team in Australia and New Zealand in 1881–82

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English cricket team in Australia and New Zealand in 1881–82
  Australian Colonial Flag.svg Flag of England.svg
  Australia England
Dates 31 December 1881 – 14 March 1882
Captains Billy Murdoch Alfred Shaw
Test series
Result Australia won the 4-match series 2–0
Most runs Percy McDonnell (299)[1] George Ulyett (438)[1]
Most wickets Joey Palmer (24)[2] Billy Bates (16)[2]

The 1881–82 Australia v England Test series was part of a first-class cricket tour of Australia, New Zealand and the United States by an England team led by Alfred Shaw. The four matches between Australia and the England team were later classified as Test matches, but are included in The Ashes which began later in 1882. The English tourists also played three other first-class matches in Australia.

The team travelled across the Atlantic first and played five matches in the USA during October. Their first match in Australia began on 23 November. Having played the first Test at the turn of the year, the team went to New Zealand and played seven matches before returning to Australia in February. The final match ended on 18 March.

Tour matches[edit]

Tour match: Gentlemen of Philadelphia XII vs Alfred Shaw's XI[edit]

1–3 October 1881
Scorecard
v
126 (84 overs)
Robert Newhall 40
Billy Midwinter 4/18 (18 overs)
277 (136.3 overs)
Billy Midwinter 73
Charles Newhall 6/71 (50.3 overs)
47 (50.3 overs)
John Thayer 9
Ted Peate 7/21 (25.3 overs)
Alfred Shaw's XI won by an innings and 104 runs
Germantown Cricket Club Ground, Philadelphia
Umpires: George Bromhead (USA) and Job Pearson (USA)
  • The result of the toss is unknown

Tour match: St George's Cricket Club XVIII vs Alfred Shaw's XI[edit]

5–6 October 1881
Scorecard
v
65 (62.3 overs)
GE Armstrong 19
Ted Peate 9/35 (18 overs)
254 (116.1 overs)
George Ulyett 86
H. Campbell 4/38 (23 overs)
13/46 (35.2 overs)
H Emmett 14
Ted Peate 8/30 (17.2 overs)
Match drawn
St George's Cricket Club Ground, Hoboken
Umpires: J Allworth (USA) and Harfield (USA)
  • The result of the toss is unknown

Tour match: United States XVIII vs Alfred Shaw's XI[edit]

7–9 October 1881
Scorecard
v
114 (108 overs)
John Selby 38
George Wright 3/14 (21 overs)
71 (116.1 overs)
Thomas Hargrave 29
Ted Peate 7/33 (30 overs)
166 (35.2 overs)
Dick Barlow 59
Charles Newhall 3/48 (50.3 overs)
77 (35.2 overs)
HW Emmett 18
Ted Peate 13/29 (70.1 overs)
Alfred Shaw's XI won by 132 runs
Milltown, New Jersey
Umpires: Tillinghurst (USA) and Harfield (USA)
  • The result of the toss is unknown

Test series[edit]

First Test[edit]

31 December 1881 – 4 January 1882
Scorecard
v
294 (170.2 overs)
George Ulyett 87
William Cooper 3/80 (32.2 overs)
320 (237 overs)
Tom Horan 124
George Ulyett 2/41 (20 overs)
308 (229.3 overs)
John Selby 70
William Cooper 6/120 (61 overs)
3/127 (55 overs)
Percy McDonnell 33*
Billy Bates 2/43 (13 overs)
Match drawn by agreement
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: James Lillywhite (Eng) and John Swift (Aus)

Whilst this match was designated as a timeless Test, the ship that was due to take the tourists to New Zealand was set to depart on the morning of 4 January. The authorities pushed back the departure time to 3:45 pm in the hope that match would yield a result. However, it was all in vain as after 55 overs bowled in the 4th innings Australia were still 156 runs short of their target with three wicket down. The resulted in Test cricket's first ever draw.[3]

Second Test[edit]

17–21 February 1882
Scorecard
v
133 (115 overs)
Dick Barlow 31
Joey Palmer 7/68 (58 overs)
197 (194.2 overs)
Hugh Massie 49
Billy Bates 4/52 (72 overs)
232 (153.1 overs)
George Ulyett 67
Tom Garrett 4/62 (36 overs)
5/169 (107.1 overs)
Billy Murdoch 49
George Ulyett 2/48 (15 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: James Lillywhite (Eng) and John Swift (Aus)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain on day 2 at 5:30 pm suspended play for the rest of the day.[4]
  • George Coulthard (Aus) and Sammy Jones (Aus) made their Test debut.
  • This was the first Test match to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Third Test[edit]

3–7 March 1882
Scorecard
v
188 (140.2 overs)
Arthur Shrewsbury 82
Joey Palmer 5/46 (45.2 overs)
262 (172 overs)
Percy McDonnell 147
Ted Peate 5/43 (45 overs)
134 (80.1 overs)
Arthur Shrewsbury 47
Tom Garrett 6/78 (36.1 overs)
4/64 (49.3 overs)
Tom Horan 16*
Ted Peate 3/15 (25 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: James Lillywhite (Eng) and John Swift (Aus)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain on day 2 at 1:15 pm briefly suspended play and later on day 2 shortly after 3 pm rain suspended play for the rest of the day.[5]
  • This was the first Test match where no debutants played.

Fourth Test[edit]

10–14 March 1882
Scorecard
v
309 (159.2 overs)
George Ulyett 149
Tom Garrett 5/80 (54.2 overs)
300 (163.1 overs)
Billy Murdoch 85
Billy Midwinter 4/81 (41 overs)
2/234 (97.3 overs)
George Ulyett 64
Harry Boyle 1/38 (25 overs)
Match drawn by agreement
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: George Coulthard (Aus) and James Lillywhite (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.[6]
  • No play was possible on day 4 due to rain.[7] This was the first time an entire day's play of Test cricket was lost to rain.
  • This was the second ever drawn Test match and the last in Australia until the third Test of the 1946–47 Ashes series.
  • George Ulyett's 149 in the first innings was the first Test century for England in Australia and it was the highest individual innings score for England on the first day of a Test in Australia until Bob Barber scored 185 in the third Test of the 1965–66 Ashes series.

Whilst this match was designated as a timeless Test, the tourist were due to depart Melbourne on the evening on 14 March in order to play a two-day match in Dunolly the following day. With rain washing out the entire fourth day's play, this resulted in Test cricket's second ever draw and Australia taking out the series 2–0.

Note: 4 ball overs for whole series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Records / England in Australia Test Series, 1881/82 / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Records / England in Australia Test Series, 1881/82 / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "First Test match - Australia v England 1881-82". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. London: John Wisden & Co. 1883. Retrieved 12 December 2015 – via ESPNcricinfo. 
  4. ^ "Sport Intelligence - The International Cricket Match". The Sydney Morning Herald. John Fairfax and Sons. 20 February 1882. p. 6 – via Trove. 
  5. ^ "Sport Intelligence - The English Eleven v. the Australian Eleven". The Sydney Morning Herald. John Fairfax and Sons. 6 March 1882. p. 5 – via Trove. 
  6. ^ "Fourth Test match - Australia v England 1881-82". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. London: John Wisden & Co. 1883. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via ESPNcricinfo. 
  7. ^ "Sport Intelligence - The International Cricket Match". The Sydney Morning Herald. John Fairfax and Sons. 15 March 1882. p. 6 – via Trove.