|Test Cricket Tours - Australia to England 1912|
1912 Captain : Syd
Thirteenth Australian Test tour
Thirteenth Test-playing tour of England by Australia.
Triangular Tournament - a Test championship between England, Australia
and South Africa
- was conceived by the South African financier and President of the South
African Cricket Board, Sir Abe Bailey. It was to have been held in 1909 but
the Australian Board turned this down.
Australian Cricket Board appointed one of its own members as ‘secretary’
whose salary of £400 would come from tour profits, although it had agreed in
1906 that a touring team could manage its own affairs including picking its
own manager. Australia's
six leading players wanted Frank Laver as tour manager but the Board would
not allow this because they considered Laver's conduct on and after the 1909
tour disloyal to the Board. The six
rebels in turn would not agree to tour without Laver
Hill was to be captain and the sole on-tour selector but, as his
replacement, Syd Gregory's leadership
was weak. The scorer Ferguson said he allowed the players to do
just as they pleased, and they were an unruly bunch. As the weaknesses of the side were exposed,
on 1 August the Board's chairman McElhone, presuming to speak for the Board,
sent word that it was not advisable to continue with the Triangular
Tournament, and that it was unfair to expect county clubs to suffer by
financing two visiting teams in one season.
was unable to maintain discipline either and, as the tour went on, some
members of the team's behaviour deteriorated further. Matthews, Carkeek and David Smith were
reprimanded for misconduct.The manager's
report said that the misbehaviour was so bad it even caused the tour party to
be socially ostracised, but the Board swept his findings under the carpet because
they would only highlight how poor his appointment had been and that Frank Laver
would have been a better manager.
South Africa 1914-15cancelled
tour of England
Members of the Test tour party (15)
Opening batsmen: Warren Bardsley, Claude Jennings.
Middle-order batsmen Syd Gregory, Edgar Mayne, Charles Kelleway, Charlie
Macartney, Dave Smith, Roy Minnett
Wicket-keepers Barlow Carkeek, Harold Webster
Slow bowlers Jimmy Matthews, Syd Emery, Gerry Hazlitt
Fast bowlers Bill Whitty, Jack McLaren.
S H Emery
S E Gregory
G R Hazlitt
RM / OB
C B Jennings
C G Macartney
J W McLaren
T J Matthews
E R Mayne
R B Minnett
D B M Smith
W J Whitty
Sheffield Shield teams
NSW - New
South Wales (7)
Qld - Queensland
SA - South
Tas - Tasmania
Vic - Victoria (3)
WA - Western
age of team at time of first Test
(27 May 1912) :
yrs 5 months.
Key to type:
RM Right arm medium-paced bowler
RFM Right-arm fast medium
OB Off break
Test Appearances made before the tour
Gregory 52, Macartney 15, Bardsley 14, Kelleway 9,
Whitty 8, Minnett 5, Hazlitt 3,
Matthews 2, McLaren 1, Carkeek, 0,
Emery 0, Jennings 0, Mayne 0,
Smith 0, Webster 0.
G S Crouch
1910 the Australian Cricket Board had arrogated the players' right to choose
their own manager. George 'Chum'
Crouch, born in London in 1878, was a 33 year-old butter broker from Brisbane. He was invited
to be manager on 2 February, accepted on 16 February, and his appointment was
announced on 10 March.
selectors were originally Clem Hill, Frank
Iredale and Percy McAlister.
threatened to resign, although eventually it was Hill who walked out, upon
which Ernie Mayne was appointed to the selection panel (rather than the other
likely candidate, Charles Dolling)
Unavailable: Dr H V (‘Ranji’)
Hordern declared himself unavailable on 24 January.
Invitations were sent out
on 7 February 1912 to ten players, including Armstrong, Carter, Cotter, Hill,
Ransford and Trumper (“the Big Six”), Hordern (who had already said he was
not available), Carkeek, Minnett and Bardsley. These last three accepted on
On Monday 19 February
Armstrong, Carter, Cotter, Ransford and Trumper sent an acceptance
conditional on the touring side being allowed to pick its own manager but in
1910 the Australian Cricket Board had unilaterally removed the players' right
to choose their own. Their acceptance
was ignored and the Board gave them 24 hours to accept unconditionally. When this was not forthcoming, the
selectors invited Gregory, Hazlitt and McLaren in place of Armstrong, Cotter
and Trumper; then invited Macartney and Webster in place of Ransford and
On Sunday 25 February six
more players were chosen : Emery, Jennings,
Kelleway, Matthews, Mayne (one of the selectors) and Whitty. All accepted.
At this point Australian
prime minister Mr McGowen interceded without success.
On 27 February Hill was
informed that his conditional acceptance was rejected and he was given 24
hours to decide if he wished to be captain
For the last tour place,
the selectors found that R J (Jack) Massie was unavailable and the following
were considered: Seitz, Smith (Vic), Barbour, Kortland (NSW), Fennelly (Q)
and Dolling (SA). Smith won the final
On 4 March Syd Gregory was
invited to captain the side and his choice was confirmed on 10 March, with Claude
Jennings as vice-captain.
Tour Party Announced : 10 March
Not selected : Warwick Armstrong, Sammy Carter,
Tibby Cotter, Clem Hill, Vernon Ransford, Victor Trumper
March, only two days before the team sailed from Melbourne, Ransford was re-invited and
replied with another conditional acceptance, which was ignored. When it was learned that Trumper would be
working as a reporter, the selectors again invited him to appear in the Test
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(10 March - 13 March
Sydney T Southampton
departure from Circular Quay, Sydney, on 13 March 1912, the
team held up a banner saying, "We'll do our best to bring back The
Ashes" … However, the urn was not at stake in 1912. The New South Wales and
Queensland representatives left Sydney on the RMS 'Otway', calling at Melbourne (18-20 March) and Adelaide (22
March) to pick up players from other states.
There were matches in Perth
(while the Otway was in Fremantle port for ten hours on 26
March) and Colombo
(4 April) en route to England.
The ship also berthed at Port Said, Naples, Toulon and Gibraltar.
Manager George Crouch and vice-captain Claude Jennings
disembarked at Toulon (21 April) and travelled
overland. The 'Otway' reached Plymouth (where Macartney disembarked) on
26 April and Tilbury Docks the next day.
Time spent in England
(27 April - 18 September)
On tour selection
Syd Gregory (captain), Claude Jennings (vice-captain), Warren Bardsley.
Arnst, a New Zealander, the world champion sculler, guested for the
Australians at Colombo.
Bardsley decided not to join the private tour of America. E N Penfold assisted the ten-man team in
their matches in Philadelphia,
failing to score in any of his six innings. The press reported sometimes that
he was an Australian student, sometimes that he was English, and that his
name was Victor. He was the son of Mr E Penfold who hosted a function at
Covent Garden on the eve of the team's departure from England.
Western Australia(one day)
inns 64 r
inns 132 r
M C C
SOUTH AFRICA First Test
WON inns 88 r
ENGLAND First Test
SOUTH AFRICA Second Test
WON 10 w
ENGLAND Second Test
SOUTH AFRICA Third Test
ENGLAND Third Test
LOST 244 r
& Middlesex XI
† Staten Island
All New York
† Hamilton(12 October)
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(27 April - 27 May)
Test appearances on tour
- Bardsley, Carkeek,
Gregory, Hazlitt, Jennings,
Kelleway, Macartney, Matthews,
- Emery, Minnett
- Mayne, Smith
- McLaren, Webster.
• Syd Gregory was on his eighth tour of England,
equalling Jack Blackham’s record.
• Bardsley and Macartney, the team’s only
Test-class batsmen, shared a stand of 362 against Essex
• Jimmy Matthews took two hat-tricks in one
day against South Africa
at Old Trafford.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
In North America
Return to Australia
Southampton T New York
Vancouver T Melbourne
tour concluded on 14 September. Ten
members of the team, plus Penfold, were seen off at Waterloo Station on 19
September for the United States
on a private venture to play matches in Philadelphia,
New York, Winnipeg
and British Columbia.
They sailed from Southampton on the “ … “
Hazlitt, Macartney, Minnett and the manager sailed back separately by
on the Moldavia, was first to arrive in Sydney on 26 October;
Crouch arrived on the next mail boat. Hazlitt sailed on the Marathon, leaving London
on 12 October and reaching Sydney via the Cape on 2 December. Minnett left London
on 11 October and Bardsley in December but he stopped off in Ceylon. Jennings stayed in England
for three months working in London
and left in January.
American tour party sailed home from Vancouver
on the RMS 'Ramana', via Auckland
and Sydney, and the ship docked at Melbourne on 25
November. During the voyage across the Pacific passengers objected to two
members of the team who became continually intoxicated and made a nuisance of
Time spent away from Australia
(13 March to 25 November)
Only four players had opted to take the
£400 flat fee offered rather than a share of the profits. Expenses exceeded
income. The tour loss was £1286 and
the other players found themselves with £190 each.
accounts of the tour
the Lights Went Out" by Patrick Ferriday
(2011) Von Krumm Publishing.
of the the Australian Board won his struggle with the players, who from now
on now had no influence at all on the running of overseas tours. But the Board suffered seriously from the
1912 venture, not only from losing money and disastrous playing results, but
also from damage to the reputation of Australian cricket because of the
drunken antics of the players.
1914-15 tour of South Africa
being cancelled, this was Australia’s
final Test tour until 1921.
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