Twenty eighth Test-playing
tour of England by Australia
(July - September 1980)
Following the success of the Centenary
Test Match at Melbourne in March 1977, an
equivalent match was arranged in England in 1980.As then The Ashes, which were still held by
were not at stake.Although the year
and timing were correct to mark the anniversary of the first Australian Test
tour in 1880, the original Test match was played at The Oval rather than at
The Australians were able to select a
full-strength side for the first time since 1977.
The tour was a forerunner of shorter
tours by Australian sides.Chappell
said "On previous tours to England teams have been away for
five months which is far too long."
Two one-day internationals and five other
matches served as preparation for the touring team, though the playing record
was not very good: four defeats and one win in 8 matches. The organisation of
the occasion suffered nothing by comparison with the Melbourne match three years previously but
wet weather and over-cautious rulings by the umpires about whether conditions
were suitable for play (eleven hours of play being lost on the first three days)
produced a boring draw.
Phil Ridings (chairman - South Australia),Sam Loxton (Victoria),
Alan Davidson (New
South Wales) and Ray
Unavailable:Ian Chappell (declared on 18 January).
Tour Party Announced:1 May 1980.
The captain and vice-captain were named on 6 May.
Not selected :Geoff Lawson, Julien Weiner.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(1 May - 29 July)
Bright and Yallop came up
from Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne
and, with the NSW players, flew from Sydney to
remainder of the team assembled at Perth
for departure on the evening of 29 July 1980.
Their plane touched down at Heathrow Airport,
London, on 30
July and within four hours the team was having its first practice session at
Time spent in England
(30 July -4 September)
On-tour selection panel
Greg Chappell (captain), Kim Hughes (vice-captain), Phil
Ridings (tour manager).
No recent Australian tour
party used a manager on its tour committee except Simpson's inexperienced
party to West Indies in 1977-78.
None.There was no reserve
wicket-keeper and Rodney Marsh played in every match (as did Kim Hughes, who
would probably have stood in for him behind the stumps in the event of