Test Cricket Tours - Australia to South Africa 1949-50
Tour of South Africa
1949-50Captain: Lindsay Hassett
Fourth Test-playing tour
of South Africa by Australia
(September 1949 -April 1950)
To the cricketing public’s’
amazement Keith Miller was not included in the selected tour party. Writer
Jack Fingleton accounted for this bombshell because of coolness between
Miller and Bradman on the 1948 England tour and since then.
Bradman himself was another notable absentee. Now Sir Donald, having been knighted
in the 1949 New Year Honours, he stuck to his decision to retire from
Miller, whose wife was then
expecting her second child, soon received a summons to reinforce the team
when Bill Johnston misread an Afrikaans road sign in Natal and was badly injured in a car
second full tour of South
Africa was as successful as the first in
1935-36. The team went undefeated, won four of the five Test matches, and was
seen by more than half a million spectators.
Lindsay Hassett, who had been
narrowly chosen as tour captain by seven votes to six, went through the tour
with tonsilitis and did not enter a nursing home for an operation to remove
his tonsils until after the last Test match.
Edmund 'Chappie' Dwyer was appointed manager on 30 December 1948.
Sir Donald Bradman (South Australia),
E.A.’Chappie’ Dwyer (New
South Wales), Jack Ryder
Albert Vincent of NSW was appointed a selector on 15 September to
serve as long as Dwyer was absent on tour.
Bert Oldfield and Alan
Kippax’s testimonial match at Sydney,
postponed because of the War, served as a trial for the tour.
UnavailableDon Bradman (retired),Sid
Barnes, Bill Brown,W P J (Bill)
Donaldson (New South Wales
Tour Party Announced 2 March 1949.
Lindsay Hassett was named as skipper
on 7 March.
Not selected : Keith Miller,Len Johnson,Fred Johnston.
withdrew from the 1949-50 tour on 9 August due to illness caused by stomach
ulcers. His place was taken by Saggers. It has been said that Tallon was
banned from selection like Sid Barnes but that his ban was never announced.
Time between selection of tour party and departure from Australia
(2 March- 22 September)
The team’s departure was delayed by a week. They
eventually left from Fremantle on 22 September 1949 on the ss ‘Nestor’.
Arrived at Durban
on the Nestor at 3 am on Friday 7
October. The first match was not played for a fortnight.
Time spent in South
(7 October - 1 April)
Lindsay Hassett (captain),
Arthur Morris (vice-captain). Chappie Dwyer - the first time that the Australian
Board had made the manager a tour selector.
K R Miller
Bill Johnston was injured in a car crash near Rossburgh in Natal, suffering chest
and head injuries. He recovered from the bruising over his heart in a Durban nursing home,
and could not play for 8 matches.
The selectors back in Australia -Bradman, Ryder and Dwyer’s NSW stand-in,
Albert Vincent - sounded out Ernie Toshack before choosing Keith Miller on 5 September. He flew from Sydney to Fremantle and sailed on the liner
'Dominion Monarch' on 21 November, accompanied
by the team masseur Charlie O'Brien. They did not fly because the South
Africans were covering all expenses. They arrived at Cape Town on 4 December.
A strained back muscle ruled Alan Walker out of the first two
Tests.Gil Langley was put out of the
tour by fracturing the index finger of his left hand.
•After Lindsay Hassett (112) and Sam Loxton
(101) had scored hundreds in the first innings of the Test series at Johannesburg,
Bill Johnston bowled South
Africa out taking 6 wickets for 44 runs.
•After being dismissed for 75, and then set
336 runs to win, Australia
were seen home by Neil Harvey
•Harvey scored 151 not out in this innings, as well as
114 at Cape Town and 100 at Johannesburg
Moroney scored centuries (118 and 101*) in each innings of the fourth Test at
and, batting cautiously with Morris (who made 111) added 214 runs for the
Other first-class matches
It was found that the sailing date home would be delayed by ten
days and the South African authorities negotiated that the team would play an
additional fixture.But as two extra
matches had already been added, one early in the tour, they declined to do
so.Instead they played a baseball
match against the South Africans as a testimonial for scorer Bill Ferguson,
which raised £1000.
Ferguson sailed from Cape Town to England on the Edinburgh Castle
to join the West Indies tour.
The team relaxed visiting friends in South
Africa until they sailed from Cape Town on the ‘Athenic’ on 1 April 1950. The ship reached Fremantle (to a quiet
reception) on 14 April, flying on to their homes in the eastern states.
Time away from Australia
(22 September - 14 April)
Members of the team received £450 sterling each from the South
African cricket authorities.A move to
have the amount raised was not supported by the Australian Cricket Board of
accounts of the tour
“Catch!”by R S Whitingtonand Keith Miller(1951)published by Latimer House (includes
the MCC tour 1950-51)