This was the third tour got together by Shrewsbury, Shaw and Lillywhite. By now the
latter two had given up playing cricket altogether. They managed a very
competent and experienced group of professionals.
Their Australian agents were J.P.Tennant and Sydney Cohen of New South Wales.Ben Wardill, Secretary of the Melbourne
Cricket Club, had also wanted to invite a side in 1886-87, and put
arrangements in place the previous summer. He signed several prominent
amateurs to make the trip but, after failing to persuade W.G.Grace to lead
his side, abandoned the idea. Only then would he give way and allow Shrewsbury's team to play on the Melbourne ground.
The promoters declined an offer to include matches in New Zealand
in the programme because they had learned that matches there would most
likely be unprofitable.
The First Test at Sydney saw England put in to bat and dismissed for 45,
which remains its lowest total in Test cricket, yet beat Australia by
13 runs thanks to Barnes taking six wickets.
The first replacement tourist to be included in an England Test
side, Reginald Wood of Lancashire, joined the tour party when William Barnes
broke his hand and had to miss the second Test match at Sydney.There England
won again, despite Barnes's all-round skills being badly missed. George
Lohmann captured 8 for 35 as Australia
collapsed to 84 all out. Leading bowler, the left-arm spinner Johnny Briggs
(who had barely bowled on tour two years before) took 179 wickets in all
matches on the tour.
Unavailable Four amateurs - Mr M C Kemp (Kent),
Mr C W Wright (Cambridge University), Mr W E Roller (Surrey) and Mr W Newham
- were thought to be in the party, but the side that left was made up of professionals
Tour Party Announced : ?
Mordecai Sherwin’s was the
last place to be settled.
Time between selection and departure from England
(August - 18 September)
The team sailed in he
Orient liner 'Cuzco', boarding the
vessel at Plymouth Sound on Saturday 18 September 1886 and sailed via Naples, Port Said, Suez and Aden (but not Ceylon).
The ship reached Adelaide
and the team disembarked on the evening of Friday 29 October 1886.
Time spent in Australia
October -26 March)
Wood,who had emigrated from
Lancashire to Australia,
joined the team when William Barnes broke his hand taking a punch at the
Australian McDonnell.Barnes missed
and hit the wall behind.
James Lillywhite and Alfred Shaw played twice each.W Shaw, J Clarke and F Jarvis (of South Australia)
turned out in minor matches.
Lillywhite, Shaw and Shrewsbury asked
for fixtures to be arranged by S Cohen of Sydney after feeling they were let
down by Melbourne’s
J P Tennant
record low score of 45 was recorded in the first Test at Sydney.
•They were 128-8 in their second innings but the
last two wickets added a further 56 runs to set Australia a target
•England went on to win the match,
thanks to Barnes taking 6-28.
•In the second Test match, also at Sydney, George Lohmann
took 8-35, the record bowling analysis until 1956.
Other first-class matches
Alfred Shaw, who started for
home after the First Test because of his coaching work for Lord Sheffield,
left Sydney on the ‘Bengal’ on 4 February and arrived in
London on 25 March. Ivo Bligh who had been in Australia for his health was also
aboard. The ship was carrying among its cargo a collection of kangaroos for
the Zoological Gardens.
On 26 March 1887 the English
eleven left Adelaide on the P & O steamer 'Massilia', sailing via
Albany, Colombo, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Malta and Gibraltar to Plymouth,
arriving in England on the morning of Saturday 7 May. They then sailed on to London.
Time away from England
September - 7 May)
Almanack´said:“It is understood
that the tour did not yield much profit butthe cricket shown was very fine indeed.”