Test Cricket Tours - Australia to India & Pakistan 1959-60
of Pakistan & India 1959-60Captain: Richie Benaud
27th Australian Test tour
Second Test-playing tour
of Pakistan and India by Australia
arriving in Pakistan the
team acclimatised by playing a four-day match in Brisbane
as part of the Queensland centenary
celebrations and two one-day fixtures in Singapore.
was no representative from Western
Australia on this tour but on every Test tour
thereafter at least one player from that state was included.
members of the Australian Board were eager to manage Australian teams abroad
but on this occasion none wished to do so, and Sam Loxton who had toured India with
the Commonwealth XI in 1953-54, was invited to take the role.
team was accompanied by Dr Ian McDonald, brother of Colin and a former Shield
cricketer himself, but ironically he was the first member of the touring
party to go down with stomach illness.
Rorke and Kline were seriously affected by illness later on the tour, the
latter two needing to be repatriated while Stevens had to stay in hospital in
he was being treated for hepatitis.
Ian McDonald, brother of Colin, was granted leave by the Children's Hospital
Sir Donald Bradman (South Australia - chairman),Dudley Seddon (New South Wales), Jack Ryder (Victoria)
Unavailable :Jim Burke.
Harvey and Davidson asked
whether it was necessary for them to take part in the tour but withdrew their
requests when told by Bradman it could have consequences for their Test
Tour Party Announced :6 March 1959.
The names of the captain and vice-captain were
announced on 7 March.
WithdrawalLen Maddocks withdrew and Barry Jarman
took his place.
Not selected :Bob
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(6 March - 5 November)
The team assembled at Brisbane for a four-day
They flew out of Brisbane on the night of 5 November, reaching Singapore International Airport
next day and played two matches at The Padang on the Saturday and
Sunday.They then flew on via Calcutta (9 November) to Dacca (next day).
After the Pakistan tour they arrived in Delhi
on 10 December
None.Sam Loxton was drafted into the side on one
occasion to allow a player to rest.
Rorke was taken ill during the second Test with food poisoning after eating
raw fish.He went into the Salvation
Army Hospital at Anand and lost nearly three stone in weight.He was taken to Bombay
Airport on 6 January and flew BOAC
back to Sydney.
Stevens caught hepatitis A just before the fourth Test and was kept in the Lady Willingdon
Hospital in Madras as he was too unwell to travel , while
the team moved on to play the final Test.
Kline then developed hepatitis and flew home out of Calcutta
on 24 January, via Sydney to Melbourne.
•Ken Mackay took 6-42 with cutters on a matting pitch at Dacca showing skills
equal to Fazal Mahmood’s.
• Lindsay Kline took 7-57 in Lahore
scored 123 to win at Lahore
against the clock and some time-wasting tactics.
•Richie Benaud took 3-0 (a unique bowling
analysis in Tests) and 5-76 in the victory at Delhi.
•Alan Davidson took twelve wickets in the
match at Kanpur
(5-31 and 7-93) bowling left-arm spinners.
•A partnership of 207 between Neil Harvey (102) and Norman O’Neill
(163) at Bombay was a record in India.
•Les Favell (101) scored his only Test century at Madras and took the whole first day to
•Ray Lindwall made his final Test appearance at Calcutta, setting an Australian record of
Other first-class matches
Return to Australia
Thirteen of the team, including Stevens
who was barely well enough to travel, flew out of Calcutta on 29 January and
arrived at Mascot Airport, Sydney, early on the morning of 30 January where
the players caught connecting flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Time away from Australia
(5 November - 30 January)
The players earned £A700 each from the
tour ($A 1400) while the Australian Board earned £A7000 profit per Test from
the tour.Overall, the Board’s profit
from the tour was£49 000
accounts of the tour
Cat and Mouse" [Pakistan section of tour](1961)by Qamaruddin Butt
Death on the Sub-Continent"(2009) by David Jenkins (The Cricket Publishing