The tour programme included matches in the United States, en route to Australia. English teams had
on five previous occasions.Among
those who had been there two years before on Richard Daft's tour were Bates,
Emmett, Ulyett, Shaw and Shrewsbury.Financial success then had encouraged the
latter two that the United
States should be included this time; but
the matches were an economic failure.
Though the American leg of the tour made them no money, income in
offset this loss and the whole tour recorded a £700 overall profit. John
Conway who was cast aside by the 1880 Australian eleven, had been engaged as
agent and secured Shaw a profitable programme including matches against the
1880 eleven playing as ‘Combined Australia’ and two against the same Australian team that was selected to visit
England in 1882. There were also matches in New Zealand after the first
“Test” match.None of these matches
No amateurs were considered initially, but later Morton Peto
Lucas was asked. However, he declined to join the tour.
The New South Wales CA wanted George Ulyett excluded because of
his part in the 1878-79 fracas but Lillywhite refused because his absence would
make the side less attractive to the paying spectators.
Unavailable : William Barnes (Notts), Morton Lucas (Sussex).
Tour Party Announced :
Time between selection and departure from England
(? - 18 September)
After a farewell match at Nottingham between 15 and 17 September
(Shaw's team versus 18 of Nottingham Castle), the tour party sailed the next day on the 'Algeria' from Liverpool via Queenstown to America.
After the matches in America, they left San Francisco on ss 'Australis'
on Saturday 22 October 1881 and sailed via Honolulu (Hawaii), arriving in
Auckland (N Zealand) on 12 November; and reached Sydney at noon on Wednesday16
November. They were then driven to the Oxford Hotel for a welcome from the
New South Wales Cricket Association.
On 4 January the evening after the first 'Test'the team caught a ship (the ‘Arawata’) from
Melbourne back to New
Zealand, arriving at the port
of Bluff on Tuesday 10 January, and
the next day. On 7 February they returned to Australia
on the ship 'City of Sydney',
reaching that harbour on 11 February.The team wished to stop and play a match at Society Island,
but the ship's captain would not permit the delay.
Time spent in Australia
(16 November -24 March)
4 Jan - 11 February)
spent in New Zealand
January -7 February)
Lillywhite played in the five
minor matches in America
because Arthur Shrewsbury had a bronchitis-like illness and was late joining
the team. He travelled directly to Australia.
The same eleven then played in all other matches
apart from at Windsor
when Jack Blackham played against
Hawkesbury in place of Willie Bates, who had missed his train.
•In all matches Peate
took no less than 264 wickets, at a cost of 5.25 each, and Midwinter
•Ulyett scored 1424 runs
at an average of 33, including 149 in the 4th of the 'Test matches, England's
first Test century.
Other first-class matches
†Minor matchesin U S A
in New Zealand
Return to England
The team left Melbourne
on the Orient Line steamship 'Chimborazo' on 22 March and Adelaide two days
later. Lillywhite hoped to play a further match against South Australia but it could not be
Sailing by way of Suez (23 April), the ship reached Naples on 2 May.Midwinter, Bates, Barlow and Lillywhite
went overland but the rest stayed on board until Plymouth on 11 May.Selby and Ulyett had arrived home on 2 May,
having disembarked at Suez and travelled
overland from Brindisi.
Time away from England
September - 11 May))
The Victorian Cricket Association decision to levy a charge of
ten per cent on the gate receipts in Melbourne
caused indignation but was backed by a threat to bar its best cricketers from
playing against Shaw’s team.