English cricket team in Australia in 1894–95
Five Test matches were played and it was a memorable series that England won 3-2 after Australia had recovered from 0-2 down to 2-2 with the final match a true decider. The first Test, won by England, made history in another way, as it was the first of only three Tests in history to be won by a side forced to follow on.
Test series summary
- 1st Test @ Sydney Cricket Ground – England won by 10 runs
- 2nd Test @ Melbourne Cricket Ground – England won by 94 runs
- 3rd Test @ Adelaide Oval – Australia won by 382 runs
- 4th Test @ Sydney Cricket Ground – Australia won by an innings and 147 runs
- 5th Test @ Melbourne Cricket Ground – England won by 6 wickets
England was captained by Andrew Stoddart and had Hylton Philipson as its specialist wicket-keeper, the other players being Johnny Briggs, Bobby Peel, Jack Brown, Tom Richardson, Bill Lockwood, Archie MacLaren, Albert Ward, Bill Brockwell, Francis Ford and Leslie Gay.
Australia was captained in the first Test by Jack Blackham who was also the wicket-keeper. He was then replaced George Giffen as captain and by Affie Jarvis as keeper. Other players to represent Australia were Jack Lyons, Charlie Turner, Harry Trott, Syd Gregory, Joe Darling, Frank Iredale, Ernie Jones, Charlie McLeod, John Reedman, Hugh Trumble, Arthur Coningham, Albert Trott, Jack Worrall, Harry Graham and Tom McKibbin.
The team used Colombo as a stopover during its long sea voyage and played against local sides that were not first-class. This was the fifth time that an English cricket team had visited Ceylon but it was not until 1911-12 that another arrived.