Test Cricket Tours - Australia to South Africa 1935-36
Tour of South Africa 1935-36Captain:Vic Richardson
Australian Test tour
full tour of South Africa
- third Test-playing tour
1935 - April 1936)
South Africa's Cricket Association had been pleading with the
Australians to make a full tour following three brief visits made on the way
home from England
in 1902, 1919 (AIF tour) and 1921.
As the Australians were sailing to South Africa came news that Jock
Cameron the Springbok captain had contracted enteric fever and was unable to
play in the Test series. He died shortly after arriving back from England.
At the end of the tour the Australians
played a baseball match against Transvaal
for the benefit of the Cameron memorial fund.
The Australians' playing record was outstanding: the tourists won
13 of their 16 fixtures, including ten matches by an innings. They won the
Test series by a 4-0 margin. The best that South
Africa could achieve was a draw at Johannesburg. A possible explanation is that
the home players were stale after their long tour of England in
1935. Helpfully, the mood created by the Australian tour party's stand-in
captain, Vic Richardson, helped foster a team spirit. Australia had the better players,
too, notably their opening batsmen, Fingleton and Brown, their spin bowlers,
Grimmett and O'Reilly (the injured Fleetwood-Smith was hardly missed), as
well as the best batsman in McCabe.
After the Australian Board had rejected the idea of a tour of India
In February 1935, the Prince of Patiala had his agent Frank Tarrant arrange a
lengthy visit by a private side in 1935-36. Jack Ryder's team of Australian veterans
played five unofficial 'Tests'.
Rowe was appointed manager- cum-treasurer in September. The South Africans engaged Ferguson on 3 January 1935.
Selectors :E A
'Chappie' Dwyer, Bill Johnson and'Vic' Richardson
chose the team.
Unavailable: Alan Kippax stated on 18
January 1935 that he was not available for the tour. Bill O’Reilly was not
willing to tour at first. but changed him mind.
Donald Bradman announced on 25 April that he would
not be available for selection owing to poor health. On 8 August Bradman had
to deny a report that he would tour after all: “There is nothing in it
whatever. I am still unavailable and will not change my mind.”
Tour Party Announced :29 April 1935.
Not selected: The South Australian batsmen Jack Nitschke
and Jack Badcock must have run O’Brien close for the last place.
Eddie Gilbertof Queensland did not win a place, but
whether the selectors’ or Board’s decision was based on merit, or that as an
aboriginal he would face a colour bar in South Africa, or that his bowling
action was suspected to be a throw, has never been revealed.
On 3 July Hans Ebeling
withdrew for business reasons (he was the manager of an oil company) -Morris Sievers replaced him.
On 6 September Vic Richardson was made captain.
Three players failed to inform the Board of their
acceptance and the selectors were asked to consider alternatives if they did
not acceptby 16 September.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(29 April - 1 November)
The New South Wales players went
by train from Sydney into Victoria
for the official departure from Melbourne
on 22 October. Sailing on the 'Ulysses'
via Adelaide, the team played a match at Perth against Western
Australia (26-29 October) before leaving Fremantle
on 1 November.
They reached Durban
on14 November and had more than a week of acclimatisation before the first
Time spent in South
(14 November - 25 March)
Vic Richardson (captain),
Stan McCabe (vice-captain), Bert
Fleetwood-Smith's finger injury against Border in January put the spin bowler
out of consideration for the remainder of the tour.
Because there was a fortnight between the last match of the tour
programme at Durban and the ship home sailing,
the South Africans requested that additional games should be played at Johannesburg and Cape
Town. The Australian Board agreed to the match at Cape Town, but not at Johannesburg, because of the long overland journey
•O'Reilly had eight wickets in the first
Test match. He took 27 wickets in the series and Grimmett 44 wickets
•McCabe, having made 149 in the first
Test, scored 189 * in the second.
•Fingleton and Brown each scored a hundred
in their opening partnership of 233 at Cape
Town. Fingleton and Brown's sequence of opening
stands in the series was: 12, 93, 105, 17, 233, 99 and 162 (average 103).
•Grimmett with 5-32 and 5-56 brought Australia an innings victory at Cape Town. He took a
further ten wickets (3-70 and 7-40) in the 4th Test at Johannesburg
and thirteen (7-100 and 6-73) in the Fifth Test at Durban.
Other first-class matches
The last match ended on 17 March and the tourists departed from Cape Town on 25 March
The team sailed back on the liner Themistocles and arrived at Fremantle on Wednesday morning 8
April, before sailing on to the eastern states.
Time away from Australia
(1 November to 8 April)
accounts of the tour
Sketches: South African tour 1935-36”by Arthur Mailey(pub
It was the first Australian
touring team not to lose any match (?)
There was a good feeling
between players and officials and a great team spirit. Harold Rowe, the first
Western Australian to manage an Australian tour, was an ideal manager.Richardson
said of him “A more happy choice could not have been made.”