Australian cricket team in England in 1899

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England team v. Australia, Trent Bridge 1899. Back row: Dick Barlow (umpire), Tom Hayward, George Hirst, Billy Gunn, J T Hearne (12th man), Bill Storer (wkt kpr), Bill Brockwell, V A Titchmarsh (umpire). Middle row: C B Fry, K S Ranjitsinhji, W G Grace (captain), Stanley Jackson. Front row: Wilfred Rhodes, Johnny Tyldesley.

The Australian cricket team in England in 1899 played 35 first-class matches including five Tests, the first time that a series in England had consisted of more than three matches. It was also the first time that a panel of selectors was appointed; previously the authority for the ground where the match was to be played was responsible for selecting the side.

The First Test at Trent Bridge saw W G Grace make his final appearance for England, while Wilfred Rhodes made his Test debut in the same match.

Test series summary[edit]

Australia won the Test series 1-0, with four matches drawn.

First Test[edit]

1–3 June 1899
Scorecard
v
252 (152.2 overs)
C Hill 52
W Rhodes 4/58 (35.2 overs)
193 (90.4 overs)
CB Fry 50
E Jones 5/88 (33 overs)
230/8d (94 overs)
C Hill 80
FS Jackson 3/57 (26 overs)
155/7 (99 overs)
KS Ranjitsinhji 93*
H Trumble 3/39 (29 overs)

Second Test[edit]

15–17 June 1899
Scorecard
v
206 (80.1 overs)
FS Jackson 73
E Jones 7/88 (36.1 overs)
421 (170.1 overs)
VT Trumper 135*
C Hill 135
CL Townsend 3/50 (15 overs)
240 (117.4 overs)
AC MacLaren 88*
FJ Laver 3/36 (16 overs)
28/0 (11 overs)
J Darling 17*
Australia won by 10 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: T Mycroft and WAJ West

Third Test[edit]

29 June–1 July 1899
Scorecard
v
172 (77.1 overs)
J Worrall 76
HI Young 4/30 (19.1 overs)
220 (118.3 overs)
AFA Lilley 55
H Trumble 5/60 (39.3 overs)
224 (85.3 overs)
H Trumble 56
JT Hearne 4/50 (31.3 overs)
19/0 (7 overs)
JT Brown 14*
Match drawn
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: W Hearn and M Sherwin
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • WG Quaife and HI Young (both ENG) made their Test debuts.

Fourth Test[edit]

17–19 July 1899
Scorecard
v
372 (141.1 overs)
TW Hayward 130
MA Noble 3/85 (38 overs)
196 (82.3 overs)
MA Noble 60*
WM Bradley 5/67 (33 overs)
94/3 (27 overs)
KS Ranjitsinhji 49*
H Trumble 2/33 (13 overs)
346/7d (f/o) (181 overs)
MA Noble 89
JT Hearne 3/54 (47 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: AB Hide and J Lillywhite
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • WM Bradley (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fifth Test[edit]

14–16 August 1899
Scorecard
v
576 (193.4 overs)
TW Hayward 137
E Jones 4/164 (53 overs)
352 (143.3 overs)
SE Gregory 117
WH Lockwood 7/71 (40.3 overs)
254/5 (f/o) (100 overs)
CE McLeod 77
W Rhodes 3/27 (22 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: W Richards and A White
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • AO Jones (ENG) made his Test debut.

External sources[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