Australia's Board of Control did not
confirm that the tour would take place until 16 November when they obtained
MCC's agreement that leg-theory bowling was not in the best interests of the
The tourists were forbidden to discuss Bodyline or
anything else with the press, and Oldfield jokingly refused even to tell
newsmen whether he had been seasick on the cross-channel ferry, after the
stormy weather the cricketers suffered on the 'Orford' as they journeyed through the Bay of Biscay.
The Australians were assured that Bodyline would not
be bowled against them but at Trent Bridge Voce bowled with four men close on
the leg-side and, to the cheers of the crowd who called Woodfull 'mardy'
(sulky), took eight wickets.‘Shin
soreness’ was given as an excuse for him not bowling again in the match.
The Australians attracted large crowds, whatever the
fixture.Even on rainy days in the
county matches, about 12 000 people turned up.
Sponsorship was in its infancy. Taking the Glamorgan
match as an example, Woodfull made 228 runs not out, earning a shilling
talent money for each of his twenty fours and a further pound for his double
century. All told, the Australians ended up with £1 a man, and donated it to
the local hospital in Swansea.
In January 1930 the Australian Board had considered
an invitation by the Indian Board to make a Test tour of India in 1934-35 and was 'inclined to accept'
but the opportunity to play a match at Bombay
on the way home from England
was not taken.
The manager's name was
announced on 22 September 1933. He was Harold Bushby, a Tasmanian lawyer. He
beat five other candidates: R C M Boyce, W L Kelly, L P D O'Connor, S H D
Rowe and E L Waddy.
In October 1933 it was announced that the touring party would be
selected by Dr Charles E Dolling (South
Australia), E A Dwyer (New South Wales)
and Bill Woodfull (Victoria) and would be announced the
day after the Sheffield Shield was completed.
Johnson, Vic Richardson and Alan Kippax were unsuccessful in their bids to
Bill Woodfull was chosen unanimously as captain,
while Donald Bradman was appointed vice-captain over Kippax by a majority
Woodfull asked that 16 players should be taken, owing
to the lack of all-rounders.
Tour Party Announced :31 January 1934.
Not selected : Jack Badcock.There were also the surprise omissions of Vic Richardson, Jack Fingleton, Hugh
Time between selection and departure from Australia54 days
(31 January - 26 March)
Bradman was allowed to miss
the Tasmanian tour (as were Bromley and Ponsford) and to join the ship at his
hometown of Adelaide.
The team went on the 'Nairana'to Tasmania
on 9 March for the customary pre-tour fixtures.
The 'Orford' left Fremantle on 26 March 1934, after the match against
There was also a match in Ceylon
Many of the tour group
disembarked at Naples for a sightseeing tour
or at Toulon to
travel the rest of the journey overland. When the main body of the tour party
arrived on 25 April at Southampton docks (disembarking there rather than
remaining aboard until Tilbury), Oldfield, Kippax and McCabe had already been
for some days. Woodfull, Bradman, Grimmett, Wall, Ponsford, Ebeling,
Fleetwood-Smith, O’Reilly, Darling, Pope and Ferguson
then caught the train to London’s
Brown, Barnett, Bromley and
Chipperfield, with the manager and treasurer, who had been sightseeing in France and Switzerland,
arrived at London’s
Victoria Station on the boat train on 26 April.
The pre-tour practices were
held at Alan Fairfax's indoor cricket school.
Time spent in England
(25 April - 29 September)
On-tour selection panel
(captain),Don Bradman (vice-captain),Alan Kippax.
Bromley developed appendicitis at the time of the final Test, and was unable
to complete the tour. Bradman, too, had appendicitis but his went septic and
he was seriously ill.
first Test Bill O'Reilly took 4-75 and 7-54. In the five Test matches he captured 28
played an innings of 304 at Headingley, being dismissed just short of his own
world record of 334.
Ponsford (266) and Bradman (244) added 451 for the 2d wicket at The Oval, the
highest stand in Test cricket.
•In a festival match Bradman struck bowler
Tich Freeman for 30 runs (4-6-6-4-6-4) in one over.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to Australia
After his operation Donald Bradman convalesced in the
south of France and missed
the entire 1934-35 season in Australia.
He did not sail home until 18 December when he left on the 'Otranto', arriving home on 22
The team sailed home on the 'Orontes' out of Tilbury on 29
September. Several players including Bill Woodfull enjoyed a holiday in
Europe before boarding the ship at Toulon.The Board permitted Woodfull to have his
wife meet him in Colombo.
at Fremantle on the morning of Tuesday 30 October and were given a public
reception. The ship left harbour, taking them to the eastern states, later the
Time away from Australia
(26 March to 30 October)
The tour profit amounted to £41 000 for the
Australian Board of Control.
The players were, as in 1930, to be paid £600 (£100
prior to embarkation, £350 in England,
with £150 on return, subject to a good report on their behaviour).
accounts of the tour
“Ashes and Dust” (1934)by Douglas Jardine[Hutchinson]
"Kissing the Rod" (1934) byPercy Fender[Chapman &
"Fight for the
Ashes" (1934) byJack Hobbs[G Harrap & Co]
At the end of the tour Australian cricket lost the services of
both Woodfull and Ponsford who retired.