South African cricket team in Australia in 1931–32

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The South Africa national cricket team toured Australia in the 1931-32 season and played five Test matches against Australia. Australia won the series 5-0, all of their victories being by a substantial margin, three of them by an innings.

Test series summary[edit]

First Test[edit]

27, 28, 30 November, 1, 2, 3 December 1931
(timeless match)
Scorecard
v
450 (137.3 overs)
DG Bradman 226
AJ Bell 4/120 (42 overs)
170 (138.1 overs)
B Mitchell 58
H Ironmonger 5/42 (47 overs)
117 (f/o) (60.1 overs)
HW Taylor 47
TW Wall 5/14 (15.1 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 163 runs
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Umpires: GE Borwick and GA Hele
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 29 November was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the third and fourth days.
  • HC Nitschke (AUS) made his Test debut.

Second Test[edit]

18, 19, 21 December 1931
(timeless match)
Scorecard
v
153 (73 overs)
KG Viljoen 37
SJ McCabe 4/13 (12 overs)
469 (154.5 overs)
KE Rigg 127
AJ Bell 5/140 (46.5 overs)
161 (73.3 overs)
JAJ Christy 41
CV Grimmett 4/44 (20.3 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 155 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: GE Borwick and GA Hele
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 20 December was taken as a rest day.
  • LS Brown (SA) and PK Lee (AUS) made their Test debuts.

Third Test[edit]

31 December 1931, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 January 1932
(timeless match)
Scorecard
v
198 (77.1 overs)
KE Rigg 68
AJ Bell 5/69 (26.1 overs)
358 (188.3 overs)
KG Viljoen 111
H Ironmonger 3/72 (49 overs)
554 (164.4 overs)
DG Bradman 167
Q McMillan 4/150 (33 overs)
225 (115 overs)
JAJ Christy 63
CV Grimmett 6/92 (46 overs)
Australia won by 169 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: GE Borwick and GA Hele
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 3 January was taken as a rest day.

Fourth Test[edit]

29, 30 January, 1, 2 February 1932
(timeless match)
Scorecard
v
308 (140.4 overs)
HW Taylor 78
CV Grimmett 7/116 (47 overs)
513 (138 overs)
DG Bradman 299*
AJ Bell 5/142 (40 overs)
274 (123.2 overs)
B Mitchell 95
CV Grimmett 7/83 (49.2 overs)
73/0 (19.2 overs)
WM Woodfull 37*
Australia won by 10 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: GE Borwick and GA Hele
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 31 January was taken as a rest day.
  • WA Hunt, WJ O'Reilly and HM Thurlow (all AUS) made their Test debuts.

Fifth Test[edit]

12, 13, 15 February 1932
(timeless match)
Scorecard
v
36 (23.2 overs)
HB Cameron 11
H Ironmonger 5/6 (7.2 overs)
153 (54.3 overs)
AF Kippax 42
NA Quinn 3/29 (19.3 overs)
Q McMillan 3/29 (8 overs)
45 (31.3 overs)
SH Curnow 16
H Ironmonger 6/18 (15.3 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 72 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: GE Borwick and GA Hele
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 14 February was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the second day.
  • JHW Fingleton and LJ Nash (both AUS) made their Test debuts.

References[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975

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