English cricket team in Australia in 1891–92

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The England national cricket team toured Australia and Ceylon in 1891-92.

The team, captained by W G Grace, was organised by Lord Sheffield who later subscribed the Sheffield Shield to Australian domestic first-class cricket.

29 matches were played in total, of which 12 were won, two lost and 15 drawn. Eight of the games were first-class including three Tests versus Australia. Australia won the Test series 2-1.

The other five first-class matches were versus New South Wales (twice), South Australia and Victoria (twice).

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England was captained by W G Grace and had Gregor MacGregor as its specialist wicket-keeper, the other players being Johnny Briggs, Bobby Peel, Andrew Stoddart, Bobby Abel, Maurice Read, George Lohmann, William Attewell, John Sharpe, George Bean and Hylton Philipson.

Australia was captained by Jack Blackham who was also its wicket-keeper. Other players to represent Australia were Alec Bannerman, George Giffen, Jack Lyons, William Bruce, Charlie Turner, Harry Moses, Harry Trott, Bob McLeod, Harry Donnan, Sydney Callaway, Walter Giffen, Syd Gregory.


The team used Colombo as a stopover during its long sea voyage and played a match in October 1891 on Galle Face Green against a local side that was not first-class. This was the third time that an English cricket team had visited Ceylon.[1]


  1. ^ "Ceylon v Lord Sheffield's XI 1891". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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