1979-80 Captain: Kim Hughes
Forty-first Australian Test tour
Test-playing tour of India
by the Australian team
tour took place unusually early in the Indian season to allow the team to
return home in time for the first 'twin tour' season in Australia.
This meant that play was frequently interrupted by the monsoon rain.
tour was needed to get India to defer their own tour to Australia until 1980-81,
which allowed the Australian Board to invite the West Indies back for the
first season since the settlement with Packer (whereby Channel Nine was
granted exclusive rights to televise Test cricket) It compensated for the postponement of
India's tour of Australia but had been arranged well beforehand, in May 1978.
leading players were still absent because the tour party had been chosen
before the final settlement between World Series Cricket and the Australian
Cricket Board. The more experienced tourists, Hughes, Border and Dymock, helped
keep the margin of defeat down to two-nil. This result was neither a surprise
nor an ignominy considering that ten of the touring party had never
represented their country abroad before.
However, none of the first-class matches was won.
tour went ahead though it was put in doubt at the start when the London High
Commission received intelligence that the team would be targeted if they
played their first match in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
West Indies 1977-78
tour of India
Members of the Test tour party (15
Opening batsmen: Graeme Wood, Rick Darling, Andrew Hilditch
Middle-order batsmen: Allan Border, Kim Hughes, Graham Yallop, Dav
Wicket-keeper: Kim Wright
Spin bowlers: Jim
Higgs, Bruce Yardley, Peter Sleep
Fast bowlers: Geoff Dymock, Alan Hurst (replaced by Geoff
Lawson), Rodney Hogg, Graeme Porter.
openers were expected to play an important role but Darling, Hilditch and
Wood struggled the whole way
A M J
RHB opener vice-captain
He took too long to get to grips with the conditions
had the highest run-scoring aggregate on the tour
A G Hurst
G N Yallop
Sheffield Shield teams
South Wales (2)
Vic Victoria (4)
age of team at time of first Test
September 1979) :
Test Appearances made before the tour
Yallop 15, Wood 13, Hughes 11, Yardley 11, Hurst 10, Darling 9, Higgs 9, Hogg 8, Dymock 8, Border 5, Wright 4, Hilditch 3, Whatmore 2, Sleep 1, Lawson 0,
manager Bob Merriman, a labour relations manager with Ford, was Secretary of
the Victorian Country Cricket Association. He became Chairman of the
Australian Cricket Board 2001-2005.
Sam Loxton (Victoria), Ray Lindwall (Queensland) and Phil
Ridings (South Australia) chose the team.
Unavailable: Only players who took part in last season's
Sheffield Shield programme were considered for selection, which ruled out
former WSC players.
Tour Party Announced : 18 July
The names were given out shortly after the return of
the World Cup squad from England.
The captain and vice-captain were named on 19 July.
Only one wicket-keeper (Wright) was chosen. Yallop
would be the reserve keeper, if needed.
Not selected : Peter
Toohey, and three of the World Cup team Trevor Laughlin, Jeff Moss and Gary
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(18 July - 21 August
Sydney Q Madras
Departure was on 21 August
1979. The team flew from Sydney, via Perth and Singapore. The
plane had to return to Singapore
when, one hour out, the Air India Boeing-747 lost power in one of its four
engines. The team finally reached Meenam Bakkam airport, Madras, at midnight on 22/23 August.
The team flew to Srinagar for
its first match amidst strict security, being met by dozens of armed police
at the airport, whisked away to the hotel and so on, following threats from
the Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
Time spent in India
(23 August - 8 November)
On-tour selection panel
Kim Hughes (captain), Andrew Hilditch (vice-captain), Graham Yallop.
On 16 October it was decided that Alan Hurst who had suffered a back
injury would be repatriated for treatment after the Kanpur Test. NSW fast bowler Geoff Lawson was summoned as a
INDIA First Test
INDIA Second Test
INDIA Third Test
LOST 153 r
INDIA Fourth Test
INDIA Fifth Test
INDIA Sixth Test
LOST inns 100 r
Time spent in India before
(23 August - 12 September)
Test appearances on tour
6 - Border, Higgs, Hilditch, Hogg, Hughes, Wright, Yallop.
Darling, Dymock, Whatmore
3 - Yardley
2 - Hurst,
0 - Lawson, Porter.
Border (162) and Hughes (100) shared a partnership of 222 at Madras, the 3rd wicket record against India
Jim Higgs took 7 for 143 in an innings in the Madras Test
Geoff Dymock had 12 wickets in the Kanpur match, getting all 11 Indian player
Graham Yallop (167) made Australia's
highest individual score in India
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
Return to Australia
Bombay Q Perth
On 8 November 1979 the team
flew from Santa Cruz Airport, Bombay, on
an 18-hour flight via Singapore
arriving on 9 November.
Time away from Australia
(21 August to 9 November)
of the tour
the players were, for the time being, members of the Australian national
side, many of them felt remote from what was happening in Australia
where other players were, with the new prospect of higher rewards for top
cricketers since the settlement between Packer and the Australian Board,
making their mark in the Sheffield Shield competition. "They played like
young men under sentence of death which, in cricketing terms, they were." On arriving home Kim Hughes admitted that
too few of his players came up to scratch.