Test Cricket Tours - Australia to New Zealand 1945-46
Tour of New Zealand
Twentieth Australian Test
First Test-playing tour
of New Zealand by Australia
International cricket was
resumed after the Second World War. The tenth tour of New Zealand by an Australian national side was
the first to include an official Test match, although the match at Wellington was not so
designated until 1948.
Previous Australian visits to New Zealand had taken place incidentally in
1878, 1880, 1886, 1896 and 1905 en route to or returning from England. The
four latest tours were made specifically to New Zealand: 1909-10, 1913-14,
1920-21 and 1927-28.
Brown led the team. Lindsay Hassett, who was the popular captain of the
Australian Forces team in 1945, was discarded by the Australian Board,
gaining only one of 13 votes for the captaincy.
Only Brown, Hassett, Bill
O'Reilly and Sid Barnes had represented Australia before the War, while
Hamence, McCool, Miller, Johnson and Tallon had appeared in pre-War
When the Test match ended early
in an easy Australian victory, the tourists gave a two-hour batting
Batsmen: Lindsay Hassett, Ron Hamence, Sidney Barnes, Keith Miller
Wicket-keeper: Don Tallon
Slow bowlers: Bruce Dooland, Ian Johnson,
Bill O’Reilly, Colin McCool
Fast bowler: Ray Lindwall
S G Barnes
W A Brown
R A Hamence
A L Hassett
I W Johnson
R R Lindwall
C L McCool
K D Meuleman
K R Miller
W J O'Reilly
E R H Toshack
NNew South Wales (3)
SSouth Australia (2)
WWestern Australia (0)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(29 March 1946) :
Key to type:
RHB Right-handed bat
RMRight arm medium-paced bowler
RFMRight-arm fast medium
Appearances made before the tour
O'Reilly 26, Brown 16, Hassett 4, Barnes 1, Dooland 0, Hamence 0, Johnson 0, Lindwall 0, McCool 0, Meuleman 0, Miller 0, Tallon 0, Toshack 0.
E C Yeomans
W A Watts
Baggage / scorer
T W Leslie
Yeomans was Chairman of the Victorian cricket association and a delegate to
the Board of Control.
Don Bradman (South Australia), Chappie Dwyer (New South Wales), Jack Ryder (Victoria).
The Board confirmed Bill Brown's
appointment to the captaincy on 12 February.
Unavailable:Don Bradman was unfit.He had been invalided out of the Army but
denied reports that he had been confined to bed.
Arthur Morris was not demobilised from
the Pacific in time for the tour.
Tour Party Announced :11
selected mostly on reputation and the form of 1945-46, although that season
naturally had been one of carefree irresponsibility after the intensity of five
years of war." (Ian Johnson, 'Cricket at the Crossroads'.)
Meuleman could be regarded as
the first Western Australian representative to make a Test tour, since he
later transferred to that state.
Not selected : Bill Alley (after scoring 3 centuries
in the season, but Hamence got his place).It was expected that Ben Barnett would be player-manager.Cec Pepper made an apology to the
Australian Board for his outspokeness to the umpire when appealing against
Don Bradman at Adelaide in 1945-46 but he was never chosen
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(11 February - 26 February)
At dawn on 26 February 1946 the team flew from Sydney."The New Zealand Air Force provided a Catalina for the long
flight across the Tasman Sea" (Ian Johnson).It landed at Auckland
Airport that morning.
They were the first team to travel to New Zealand by air:
Time spent in New
(26 February to 8 April)
Bill O'Reilly (vice-captain), Lindsay Hassett
• The Test match was scheduled for four days
but the Australians wrapped up their victory in just two days.
• Bill O'Reilly completed his Test career
with bowling figures of 5-14 and 3-19.
Other first-class matches
On 8 April 1946 the team flew
back to Sydney
Time away from Australia
(26 February to 8 April)
Including £3,200 from the Test match, the gross receipts of the
tour amounted to £12,500.
accounts of the tour
chapter in 'Cricket at the
Crossroads' by Ian Johnson[Cassell, 1957]
chapter in “The Innings of
a Lifetime”by Walter Hadlee [David
The Australian Cricket Board
did not regard New Zealand as good enough to merit playing them in Test
matches(perhaps this was justified by
being dismissed at Wellington for only 42 and 54 in 1945-46), and did not meet
them in a Test match on New Zealand soil again until 1973-74. Their next five
Australian tours to NZ were:
Brown, one representative match)
Craig, three representative matches)
Craig, four representative matches)
Favell, four representative matches)
1969-70(captain Sam Trimble, three representative