English cricket team in Australia in 1886–87
The England cricket team in Australia in 1886–87, generally known as Alfred Shaw's XI, was described by Wisden as "one of the strongest that ever left England for the Colonies". The team played 10 first-class matches, winning 6 with 2 draws and 2 defeats (both against New South Wales).
Test series summary
England won both the Test matches against Australia:
- 1st Test at Sydney Cricket Ground – England won by 13 runs
- 2nd Test at Sydney Cricket Ground – England won by 71 runs
The party comprised 13 players, all of them professionals: Arthur Shrewsbury, Billy Barnes, William Gunn, William Scotton, Wilfred Flowers, Mordecai Sherwin and Alfred Shaw (all Nottinghamshire); Dick Barlow and Johnny Briggs (both Lancashire); George Lohmann and Maurice Read (both Surrey); Billy Bates (Yorkshire); and James Lillywhite (Sussex).
- Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1888
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