1886 Captain: Harry Scott
Australian Test tour
Test-playing tour of England
The tour was organised by Mr J G
Sutherland of the Melbourne Cricket Club, the oldest sporting club in Australia, in repayment for Lord Harris's
1878-79 visit to Australia. It was the first touring venture sponsored
by the Melbourne Club rather than privately but at one stage it looked
certain for cancellation. The South Australian and New South Wales
associations were reluctant to be involved in the arrangements, and Melbourne
was dissuaded by possible objections in England to the inclusion of five
members of the 1884 side (throughout the 1884 tour there had been many
instances of team members who described themselves as amateurs looking for
commercial opportunities). Uncertainty was not removed until December. At
Lord's the county secretaries complained about the difficulties this late
decision gave them in making fixtures.
Though hampered by wet weather and
playing on green pitches in the first matches, the Australians won nine times
and had the best of most of their drawn matches. But they were soundly beaten in the three
Test matches, apart from suffering heavy defeats against Surrey and Yorkshire. It looked like the end of the road for
Evans, Spofforth, McIlwraithe, Palmer, Bonnor and Trumble, as well as Scott
who had already decided to leave cricket to train as a doctor.
The Parsees (from Bombay)
also made a tour of England
in 1886, playing 28 matches.
All Australian tours
Members of the Test tour party (13)
Opening batsmen: William
Bruce, Sammy Jones, Harry Scott
Middle-order batsmen George
Bonnor, John McIlwraithe
Blackham, Affie Jarvis
Slow bowlers Billy
Trumble, ‘Ted’ Evans, George Palmer
Fast bowlers Tom Garrett, Fred Spofforth.
J W Trumble
NSW - New
South Wales (5)
S A - South
Vic - Victoria (6)
age of team at time of first Test
July 1886) :
yrs 4 months.
Key to type:
LM Left-arm medium-paced bowler
RFM Right-arm fast medium
OB Off break
Test Appearances made before the tour
Blackham 18, Giffen 14, Palmer 14, Spofforth 14, Garrett 13, Bonnor 12, Jones 7, Scott 5, Evans 4, Trumble 4, Jarvis 3, Bruce 2, McIlwraithe 0.
B J Wardill
The selection was made by representatives of the
tour organisers, the Melbourne Cricket Club. They held a trial match between
Victoria and An Australian XI at New Year, made meaningless because the NSW
players would not take part.
As sponsors, the Melbourne Club appointed
Dr Henry Scott as captain.
Unavailable: Walter Giffen was injured in an accident
at an engineering works ; Tom
Horan; Harry Boyle; Hugh Massie (all for business reasons);
Fred Spofforth was not available at first but in mid-January changed his
The last three players to be chosen for
the team were Garrett, Jones and Evans.
Party Announced : 1 February 1886.
selected Following a dispute over fees paid in the
1884-85 season, the Club did not consider the following three players: Alick Bannerman, Percy McDonnell and Billy
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(1 February - 28 March)
Adelaide T Plymouth
‘’Austral / ‘Adelaide’’
After completing a tour match against
'The Combined Team' on 20 March 1886, the 'Austral'
left the port
of Adelaide on Monday
28 March, carrying seven of the players.
The other six left with the manager on
the 'Adelaide' on 10 April. All met up at Naples,
from where Bonnor travelled overland.
main body of the tour party reached Plymouth
on 4 May. The team took practice at Chiswick Park.
Time spent in England
(4 May - 7 October)
dislocated a finger against North of England and missed a number of matches.
Roly Pope, 22, who became a regular factotum for Australian
touring teams, accompanied the tour once he had completed studying medicine
at Edinburgh University and often assisted the
tourists by making up the numbers or fielding for them; he was asked to play fully
in five matches
missed all of the matches in August through injury.
Hyslop (Hampshire) aged 45 (who had played several times as substitute for
the 1878 Australians) and J Hardie, a young amateur from Sydney
on a visit to England,
appeared in the final match because Garrett and McIlwraithe were preparing
for their early return home.
Ben Wardill played in one match.
inns 12 r
LOST 4 w
LOST inns 106 r
LOST inns 217 r
Cambridge University Past & Present
An England XI
An England XI
An England XI
† not first-class
Time spent in England before
(4 May - 5 July)
Test appearances on tour
- Blackham, Garrett, Giffen, Jarvis, Jones, Palmer, Scott, Spofforth, Trumble.
- Bonnor, Bruce, Evans, Jarvis
• In the
first Test Sammy Jones opened the Test series with an innings of 87
Giffen’s bowling was outstanding while Spofforth was injured and he took 154
wickets on the tour
no longer as effective as in 1884, Fred Spofforth took 16 wickets in the Test
matches at 16.25
Other first-class matches
Return to Australia
London T Melbourne
London T Hobart
remained in England
to complete his medical studies.
married Phyllis Cadman from Derbyshire near the end of the tour. Garrett, McIlwraithe and Spofforth, and their
wives left Tilbury docks on the new Orient liner, the 'Orizaba' on 30 September.
remainder of the players - Blackham, Giffen, Palmer, Jones, Evans, Trumble,
Jarvis, Bruce - accompanied by manager Wardill and tour promoter J G
Sutherland left the Royal Albert Dock, London, on 7
October on the 'Arawa'. The ship’s departure from Plymouth
(where Bonner, who failed to meet the ship at Gravesend
as arranged, joined the Arawa on 9
October) was delayed by bad weather.
via Tenerife and Cape Town, the team reached
at Hobart on
7th? November 1886. They landed early in the day, and made the most of
their time ashore before immediately
resuming their tour by visiting New Zealand in November and
Spofforth, Garrett and McIlwraith who had returned to Melbourne on Sunday by the ‘Orizaba’ rejoined the team, while Major and Mrs Wardill returned to Melbourne on the ‘Pateena’ because Mr H Atkinson took over as
manager. James Phillips also joined
the team to act as umpire, and to play if necessary,
while Blackham took the captaincy for the five
Time away from Australia
(28 March to 7 November)
The Melbourne Club reaped a return of more
than £1000 from the tour.
Written accounts of the tour
"The Australians in England
1886" by Charles F.Pardon.
manager B J Wardill denied that the liberal hospitality they received had
hampered the team and insisted that the team was the most self-restrained set
of sportsmen he had travelled with. He
would not comment on dissent within the team except to praise Scott and speak
in high terms of his abilities.