tour of England
Their revival against West
Indies in 1955 encouraged the Australians to think that, even against England’s
strongest combination since the War, they could regain The Ashes. England’s
fast bowling partnership, Tyson and Statham, doubtless persuaded the
selectors to choose defensively-minded batsmen like Rutherford, Burke and
Mackay who should cope with the pace. In the end the speed merchants played
little part in the series.It was England’s finger
spinners Jim Laker, whose skills reached their pinnacle, and Tony Lock who humiliated
the fallible Australian batting and decided the series.
Sir Donald Bradman (South Australia),
Dudley Seddon (New South Wales), Jack Ryder (Victoria)
The Australian Board of Control appointed one of its Board
members, Mr W J Dowling of Victoria,
A trial match between I.W.Johnson's XI
and R.R.Lindwall's XI took place at Sydney Cricket Ground on 13 January
1956.Miller and Archer were unfit
and did not play. Mackay, Burke, Benaud and Rutherford all scored centuries
to help earn them a tour place.
Unavailable: Bill Johnston (Vic) leg
injury;A.rthur Morris (NSW) retired.
Both K.R.Miller and P.A.Crawford were unavailable to
tour at first.Crawford was offered
the chance to play League cricket in England in 1956 but he declined
it.Miller had been troubled by a back
injury all summer.
Tour Party Announced :8 February 1956.
Not selected :Bill Watson,Les Favell and Bob Simpson.Instead the selectors opted for more
restricted, defensive batsmen like Burke, McDonald, Rutherford and Mackay.
S.J.Carroll, J.Drennan, J.C.Hill and J.F.Power all appeared in the trial
match in January.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(8 February - March)
The NSW players left for Melbourne on Friday 16 March. The team played
two matches in Tasmania
between 17-24 March.They played a
match in Perth 28-31 March, leaving Fremantle
on 1 April 1956 on the RMS 'Himalaya',.A planned match at Colombo was
cancelled owing to the general election being held in Ceylon.Sailing by way of Suez
and Port Said,
the ship arrived at Tilbury on 24 April.
Pat Crawford's wife was pregnant and unwell but the
Board would not allow her to travel with him as she was going to stay with
her parents in Manchester.
She had to be transferred from the Himalaya
and transferred to the Strathaird
Time spent in England
(24 April - 21 September)
Ian Johnson (captain),Keith Miller(vice-captain),Gil Langley.
The Board's appointment of Langley
rather than Ray Lindwall, captain of Queensland
and the most experienced Australian player after Miller, caused surprise.
NoneDavidson tore ligaments
and chipped a bone in his foot, missing several weeks of play.
Won 229 r
Duke of Norfolk's XI
M C C
WON 185 r
LOST inns 42 r
Club Cricket Conference
LOST inns 170 r
Gentlemen of England
An England XI
PAKISTAN (First Test)
LOST 9 w
INDIA (First Test)
WON inns 5
INDIA (Second Test)
INDIA (Third Test)
WON 94 r
† not first-class
spent in England
before First Test:
(24 April - 7 June)
appearances on tour
5 -Archer, Benaud, Burke, Harvey, Johnson, McDonald, Miller
3 -Burge, Langley, Mackay.
2 -Craig, Davidson,Maddocks
0 -Rutherford, Wilson.
•The match against Surrey
at The Oval in May was the first time a county side had beaten the
Australians since before the first War
•In the first Test
Test Matches In England
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
matches in India & Pakistan
After the England
tour, most of the team took a holiday in Europe: Johnson, Langley, Maddocks,
Archer, Mackay, Burge and Rutherford left London on 21 September for a motoring
holiday on the continent. Lindwall, Harvey and Davidson had left
Miller, Craig, Benaud and Burke remained in England, leaving on 8 October, and were joined
by the rest of the team at Ciampano Airport, Rome,
where they were then delayed by seven hours.
Their BOAC plane reached Karachi
on 9 October and they were met by A H Kardar and the Australian Trade
Commissioner.Assistant manager Rush
arrived in Pakistan
ahead of the rest of the touring group on 8 October to finalise preparations.
Writer Ray Robinson accompanied the team, which was based at the Hotel
Following a shock defeat in the Test match against Pakistan, on 17 October the team flew out of Karachi on an Indian Airlines Corporation flight for Bombay, arriving that evening; then next day flying on
to Madras.Archer and Miller did not play in India.
After three more Test matches, they left Benares on 7 November
returning to Australia.
Time away from Australia
(1 April to 10 November)
£42 000.Each player
received £1200 for the English section of the tour.
accounts of the tour
the Australian Tests"Norman Cutler
Test Matches of 1956"E.W.Swanton
Fight for The Ashes"Peter West
at the Crossroads” (1957)by Ian
Part one of“Cape Summer”
(1957)by Alan Ross (pub Hamish