1896 Captain: Harry
Eighth Australian Test tour
tour of England by Australia
August 1895 the Australian authorities (that is, the Melbourne CC and the
trustees of the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Australasian Cricket Council which
ran from 1892-98) declined the 1896 tour as there was no official host in England.
MCC and the counties then sent a formal invitation.
selection was in a terrible tangle when an “executive committee” from the
chosen team contradicted decisions of the selectors. The place of John Harry
as wicket-keeper was cancelled - unlikely to be because of the announced knee
injury, since he received £160 in compensation - to allow Kelly into the
team. Quoting business reasons (his banking interests in Queensland) Turner was unable to leave
with the team and the vacancy went unfilled because Albert Trott, now a
professional on the Middlesex staff, could be called upon.
tourists visited Ceylon
(playing a match there again), America
and New Zealand as well as
England, and ended their
trip in Tasmania,
making it the longest tour with 48 matches.
Trott as captain restored discipline to the team, both on and off the field.
Lord Harris's doing that the MCC would not choose Ranjitsinhji to play for England at
Lord's. The Australians would have
welcomed him. The Lancashire
selectors had no compunction in picking him for the Old Trafford Test and he
scored a brilliant century on debut. Despite this Australia won an exciting victory
and the teams went to The Oval all square. Although Lohmann and Gunn were
absent from its team because of strike action, England triumphed
All Australian tours
Members of the Test tour party (14)
Opening batsmen Frank
Iredale, Joe Darling.
Middle-order batsmen Harry
Donnan, Syd Gregory, Clem Hill, Harry Trott, Harry Graham
Wicket-keepers James Kelly, Alfred Johns
Medium pace/off break: George
Giffin, Tom McKibbin, Hugh Trumble.
Fast bowlers : Ernie Jones,
G H S Trott
RM / OB
B Turner w/d
Sheffield Shield teams
New South Wales (5)
SA South Australia (4)
Tas - Tasmania
Vic - Victoria (4)
age of team at time of first Test
(22 June 1896) :
yrs 1 month.
Key to type:
RM Right arm medium-paced bowler
RFM Right-arm fast medium
OB Off break
Test Appearances made before the tour
28, Trott 16, Gregory 11,
Trumble 6, Darling 5, Graham 5,
Iredale 5, Donnan 2, Jones 1,
McKibbin 1, Eady 0, Hill 0,
Johns 0, Kelly 0.
Giffen, Garrett and Bruce were appointed as selectors by the Australasian
Cricket Council and chose thirteen players.
latter two, already unhappy because the ACC insisted on even representation
from all the colonies, were not involved in finalising the team, which was done by an ‘executive committee’
of McDonnell, Trott and Giffen.
Unavailable Tom Garrett, though he had led N S W
in 1895-95, was not persuaded to tour again. William Bruce was unavailable
because of his work in the legal profession; Harry Howell
broke his arm during a match at Adelaide
and was unable to play in the trial.
Tour Party Announced 29 January 1896.
names were announced: Darling, Donnan,
Eady, Graham, Gregory, Giffen, Harry, Iredale, Johns, Jones, McKibbin, Trott,
Not selected: John Lyons, Albert Trott.
Before departure a trial match between the chosen Australian
Eleven and the Rest of Australia was played at Sydney on 6 March,including
Hill, Turner, Kelly and Albert Trott and won by two wickets. The former three
were added to the team while Alfie Johns and Jack Harry were stood
had an injured knee before the trial so Kelly took his place in the match,
and then replaced him in the team; Harry was awarded £160 compensation. Kelly agreed to share his tour profits with
Johns rather than see him miss the tour.
Withdrawals : Charlie Turner withdrew when he was told
by the executive committee he must sail by the Cuzco. When told on 15 March he could come by the Austral
instead after all, Turner was most displeased because it was too late to change
his business arrangements. The executive of the team decided not to replace
Turner with Howell but to call on Albert Trott if necessary, as he would be sailing
to join Middlesex.
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Time between selection and departure from Australia
(29 January - 19 March)
Sydney T Tilbury
The touring team played
against a Combined Australia XI in Sydney.
On 11 and 12 March the players left Sydney in
two batches for Melbourne.
Donnan, Eady, Gregory, Graham, Iredale, McKibbin and Trumble boarded the Orient
liner 'Cuzco' while Musgrove, Johns, Trott, Kelly
went by rail from Melbourne to join the Cuzco at Adelaide.
The ship left Adelaide
on 19 March.
They played a match in Ceylon on 1 April, and reached Naples on 17 April when
the manager Musgrove left the ship to travel overland. He met the team at Plymouth, and together
they sailed on to Tilbury where they arrived on 24 April. Eady also left the
ship at Naples
to sight see on the continent.
The team began practice on
the old village green at Mitcham on 29 April.
Time spent in England
(24 April - 8 September)
By the time they reached Colombo the team had agreed
on Harry Scott as captain and he was on the tour selection committee with
George Giffen and Syd Gregory.
Harry Musgrove played against Ceylon
when the team was also helped by Mr Hetherington, a passenger on the Cuzco,
and Gray, the ship’s engineer. Musgrove also played against Hampshire.
Rest of Australia
de Trafford's XI
inns 221 r
inns 8 r
inns 91 r
M C C
inns 18 r
ENGLAND First Test
LOST 6 w
inns 125 r
inns 137 r
inns 317 r
ENGLAND Second Test
WON 3 w
M C C
de la Warr's XI
inns 60 r
ENGLAND Third Test
LOST 66 r
inns 54 r
inns 38 r
of New Jersey
inns 99 r
inns 71 r
inns 60 r
inns 37 r
† San Francisco
inns 69 r
New Zealand XV
† Hobart (10 Dec
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(24 April - 22 June)
Test appearances on tour
- Darling, Donnan,
Giffen, Gregory, Hill,
Jones, Kelly, Trott,
- Iredale, McKibbin.
0 - Johns.
• Against M C C the Australians reached 18
for 3 when Pougher took five wickets in three overs at no cost, and they were
all out without addition to the score, failing even to reach MCC's inglorious
total of 19 in 1878.
• In the Lord's Test match Harry Trott scored
143 in a partnership of 221 with Syd Gregory
Other first-class matches
in United States
in New Zealand
Return to Australia
Southampton T New
San Francisco T Auckland
Leaving Waterloo Station, London, at 9.40 am on 8 September, the team embarked
from Southampton on the American Line vessel 'New York'. Jim Phillips was to have sailed with the
team but his wife was seriously ill. Joe Darling had some jewellery stolen
from his baggage during the crossing. They arrived safely in New York on 17
After playing matches in Philadelphia,
New Jersey and Chicago,
the team had two clear days planned in San
Francisco but in the end played a Californian
team. Stumps were drawn early on 15
October so the Australians could catch their ship, the ‘Mariposa' to Auckland.
They arrived at Auckland on 5 November to play five matches.
Harry Donnan had to stay on board here as he was unable to obtain an
extension of leave from his employers and the ship arrived at Sydney on 9 November.
Albert Trott and John Harry who were
employed by MCC but were never summoned to help the touring team after all,
on 5 September. They sailed on the
'Oruba' for Sydney.
The team finished their tour with two
matches in Tasmania and arrived back in Melbourne on the ‘Pateena’ on Tuesday 15 December
Time away from Australia
(17 March to 15 December)
report that receipts exceeded expenditure by about £10 000 and that each man
earned £700 were denied.
player made about £300 over and above expenses [letter by Trott to the Hobart Mercury 30 Dec 1908].
Written accounts of the tour