English cricket team in South Africa in 1895–96
An English cricket team, organised and led by Lord Hawke, toured South Africa from December 1895 to March 1896. The team played three matches against the South Africa national cricket team which were retrospectively awarded Test status. There is uncertainty about the status of South African cricket as a whole in the late nineteenth century and so only two of Hawke's matches against provincial teams, those involving Transvaal and Western Province, are rated first-class. Hawke's XI is designated England for the Test series which they won 3–0, winning all three matches by substantial margins. Tim O'Brien captained England in the first Test, although Hawke was playing, and Hawke was captain in the second and third Tests. The South African teams were captained by Ernest Halliwell (first two Tests) and Alfred Richards (third Test). Hawke's team was generally average in quality and nothing like a full-strength England team, but it did include four of the best players of the time in Tom Hayward, C. B. Fry, George Lohmann and Sammy Woods.
Test series summary
- 1st Test at St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth – England won by 288 runs
- 2nd Test at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg – England won by an innings and 197 runs
- 3rd Test at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town – England won by an innings and 32 runs
- "Lord Hawke's XI in South Africa in 1895–96". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- "South Africa v England, First Test 1896". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- "South Africa v England, Second Test 1896". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- "South Africa v England, Third Test 1896". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
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