Thirtieth Test-playing tour
of England by Australia
(May - September 1985)
The shadow cast by a proposed
Australian rebel team to South
Africa blighted the tour. Once Kim Hughes
was omitted from the touring party, it was learned that he would captain
unofficial Australian tours of South Africa for the next two
seasons.Three members of the official
side side selected to tour England
- Terry Alderman, Rod McCurdy and Steve Rixon - were sacked for failing to
sign the Australian Cricket Board's contract preventing them from playing in South Africa.
To join the rebel tour was precisely their intention, as emerged on 19 May,
and their places in the team for England went to Thomson, Gilbert
and Ray Phillips - three substitutes who had no impact on the Test series.
By changing their minds about
joining the South African tour venture, Wayne Phillips, Dirk Welham and
Graeme Wood retained their places on the England tour group.The Australian Cricket Board now felt it
was time to obtain an undertaking that the South African Cricket Union would
make no raids on players contracted to the Board, and threatened to impose a
ten year ban on any players who signed for South Africa.
As for the official six-Test
series for The Ashes, Australia
were defending the urn won by Greg Chappell in 1982-83.But amid accusations of being too friendly
with the England
side, Border’s 1985 Australians lost the series and gave back the Ashes 3-1
which was as wide a margin as in 1981.
Lawrie Sawle (Western Australia - chairman),
Greg Chappell (Queensland) and Rick McCosker (NSW).
Robert Merriman was appointed manager.
declaredbut eight of those selected
in March has signed up to play in South Africa.Five of those players swiftly
changed their mind (Bennett, Wayne Phillips, Wellham, Wessels, Wood) but
three did not (Alderman, McCurdy, Rixon)"The quintet were not popular with the rebels …. and Border was
equally unimpressed to be taking them back." (Peter May 'The Rebel Tours' 2009)
Tour Party Announced :delayed one
week to 20 March 1985.
Not selected/Near Miss: Kim Hughes (W), who believed he had been
promised a place in the tour party.
Alderman, Rod McCurdy and Steve Rixon.
The Australian Cricket Board named
Maguire and Rackemann to take their place - only to learn that they too had
signed for the rebel tour.
Additionsmade to tour partyon 24 April 1985:Jeff Thomson, Dave Gilbert
(whose place on an Esso scholarship with Essex was taken by 19 year-old Steve
Waugh) and Ray Phillips (who withdrew from the Australia's Maccabiah Games
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(20 March - 30 April)
Departure was on 30 April 1985. The team boarded the plane in Melbourne.
The team arrived in England on 1 May for three days
of practice at Lord's. The Australians' baggage van was impounded by police
at Heathrow for being illegally parked, and a £55 fine was paid before it
could be released.
Time spent in England
(1 May-3 September)
Allan Border (captain),
Andrew Hilditch (vice-captain), Geoff Lawson,
Geoff Dymock (coach).
Duchess of Norfolk's XI(one-day)
Won 233 r
Nottinghamshire (55 overs)
Lost 6 w
M C C
Derbyshire (55 overs)
Won 6 w
§ Old Trafford
England (1st ODI)
Won 3 w
England (2nd ODI)
Won 4 w
England (3rd ODI)
Lost 8 w
LOST 5 w
Oxford & Cambridge
Universities (55 overs)
Won 79 r
WON 4 w
Won 125 r
Won 170 r
LOST inns 118 r
Won 7 w
*When rain prevented
any play on days 2 and 3 it was
agreed to play a 55-over game instead.
team declined to play an extra one-day international when the Oval Test
match ended early