Rest of the World cricket team in Australia in 1971–72

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A Rest of the World cricket team captained by Gary Sobers toured Australia in the 1971–72 season. It replaced the proposed Test tour by South Africa which the Australian Cricket Board cancelled in 1971.[1]

The World XI played 16 matches between early November 1971 and early February 1972. There were five matches against Australia but these were not ranked as Test matches. The World XI won this series 2-1. The team also played three limited overs internationals against Australia and the remaining games were first-class fixtures against Australian state teams.[1]

The team[edit]

"Test" series summary[edit]

First match[edit]

26 November–1 December 1971 (5–day match)
Scorecard
v
389/4d (85 overs)
IM Chappell 145
BS Bedi 1/53 (8 overs)
285/4d (63 overs)
HM Ackerman 112
KJ O'Keeffe 1/36 (8 overs)
220/3d (58 overs)
IM Chappell 106
GS Sobers 1/7 (4 overs)
108/4 (35 overs)
Zaheer Abbas 32
DK Lillee 2/38 (9 overs)
  • World XI won the toss and elected to field.
  • 29 November was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the second day.
  • BC Francis made his first-class debut for Australia.

Second match[edit]

10–12 December 1971 (5–day match)
Scorecard
v
349 (72.3 overs)
KD Walters 125
AW Greig 4/94 (13.3 overs)
59 (14.1 overs)
Zaheer Abbas 14
CH Lloyd 14
DK Lillee 8/29 (7.1 overs)
279 (f/o) (71.3 overs)
RB Kanhai 118
DK Lillee 4/63 (14 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 11 runs
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Umpires: LP Rowan and NE Townsend
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in three.

Third match[edit]

1–6 January 1972 (5–day match)
Scorecard
v
184 (49.3 overs)
AW Greig 66
DK Lillee 5/48 (16.3 overs)
285 (71.6 overs)
GS Chappell 115*
AW Greig 4/41 (16 overs)
514 (124.3 overs)
GS Sobers 254
TJ Jenner 4/87 (20.3 overs)
317 (76 overs)
KD Walters 127
BS Bedi 4/81 (24 overs)
World XI won by 96 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: JR Collins and MG O'Connell
  • World XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 4 January was taken as a rest day.
  • J Benaud and RAL Massie made their first-class debuts for Australia.

Fourth match[edit]

8–13 January 1972 (5–day match)
Scorecard
v
312 (69.2 overs)
KR Stackpole 104
BS Bedi 4/85 (20 overs)
277 (69.6 overs)
Intikhab Alam 73*
RAL Massie 7/76 (20.6 overs)
546 (102.4 overs)
GS Chappell 197*
Intikhab Alam 4/132 (24.4 overs)
173/5 (48 overs)
HM Ackerman 87
KJ O'Keeffe 3/34 (12 overs)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 11 January was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the final day.

Fifth match[edit]

28 January–1 February 1972 (5–day match)
Scorecard
v
311 (91.3 overs)
J Benaud 99
AW Greig 6/30 (15.3 overs)
367 (109.5 overs)
RG Pollock 136
AA Mallett 4/116 (34.5 overs)
201 (55.5 overs)
IM Chappell 111*
Intikhab Alam 4/78 (19 overs)
146/1 (41.6 overs)
HM Ackerman 79*
RJ Inverarity 1/52 (12 overs)
World XI won by 9 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: TF Brooks and LP Rowan
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 30 January was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
  • AJ Woodcock made his first-class debut for Australia.

Matches[edit]

No. Date Opponents Venue Result Ref
1 5–8 November Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Drawn [3]
2 12–15 November New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Drawn [4]
3 19–22 November Queensland Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Won by 38 runs [5]
4 26 November–1 December AUSTRALIA (1st "Test") Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Drawn [6]
5 4–7 December Western Australia Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth Won by 72 runs [7]
6 10–12 December AUSTRALIA (2nd "Test") Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth Lost by an innings and 11 runs [8]
12 December Australia (fill-up match) Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth Won by 14 runs [9]
14 December AUSTRALIA (1st "ODI") Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth Won by 44 runs [10]
7 17–18 December South Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Lost by an innings and 1 run [11]
8 22–24 December Tasmania North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston Won by 8 wickets [12]
9 26–28 December Tasmania Combined XI Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart Drawn [13]
10 1–6 January AUSTRALIA (3rd "Test") Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Won by 96 runs [14]
11 8–12 January AUSTRALIA (4th "Test") Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Drawn [15]
15 January AUSTRALIA (2nd "ODI") Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Abandoned [16]
16 January AUSTRALIA (3rd "ODI") Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Lost by ten wickets [17]
16 January Australia (fill-up match) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Lost by 6 runs [18]
18–19 January Southern New South Wales Manuka Oval, Canberra Drawn [19]
22–24 January Northern New South Wales No. 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle Drawn [20]
12 28 January–1 February AUSTRALIA (5th "Test") Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Won by nine wickets [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b T. L. Goodman, "A World Team in Australia", Wisden 1973, pp. 899-911.
  2. ^ Martin Williamson, "When People Power Sunk South Africa", Cricinfo 1 October 2005
  3. ^ "Victoria v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "New South Wales v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Queensland v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Western Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  11. ^ "South Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Tasmania v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Tasmania Combined XI v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Southern New South Wales v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Northern New South Wales v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Australia v World XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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