Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to Australia 1952-53
Tour of Australia & New Zealand 1952-53Captain: Jack Cheetham
Tenth official test tour
Second Test-playing tour of Australia by South Africa
(October 1952 - April 1953)
Jack Cheetham almost withdrew from the captaincy when his wife Norma was ill but he was persuaded by her doctors to make the tour and his wife recovered.
Cheetham and manager Ken Viljoen encouraged a determined team spirit and, although they admitted the team lacked stars and had shortcomings in batting and bowling, they made it into one of the finest fielding sides then seen in Australia.An outstanding player emerged in Hugh Tayfield who took enough wickets to surpass even Sydney Barnes’s aggregate.
Yet before the tour, the Australian Board of Control had considered asking the South Africans to postpone their visit when it looked like being a financial disaster.The South African Board then offered to underwrite £10 000 of any loss – but eventually the tour made as much as £4 000 profit.
Viljoen’s appointment as manager was announced on 24 March.
A H Coy (Convenor of selectors), G W A Chubb,F Lambert,S J Pegler,C T Schwabe.
Unavailable: J R Liddle (OFS),C B van Ryneveld (WP),E A B Rowan.
Rowan was informed by letter in October 1951 that he would not be considered following incidents on the 1951 tour of England.
Tour Party Announced:25 March 1952.
Not selected:Cuan McCarthy, studying in England, was asked if he was available but was not selected.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(25 March to 3 October)
Before the tour Dr Danie Craven, the rugby coach, organised physical fitness training sessions
On 3 October the team sailed from Cape Town to Australia on the ‘Dominion Monarch’ and arrived in Fremantle on the morning of 14 October 1952.
After their final match in Australia (21 Feb) the team flew from Adelaide to Canberra where they were guests of the Prime Minister. They departed at 5:20 for Sydney where they stayed for a few hours having dinner at the Wentworth HotelTaking off from Rose Bay at midnight, there was a 7½ hour flight to Mechanics Bay, Auckland.After an hour’s rest, they took a further flight from Whenuapai on to Dunedin, arriving at 5:30 pm, almost exactly twenty four hours after leaving Canberra.
Time spent in Australia and New Zealand
(14 October - 28 March)
On-tour selection panel
Jack Cheetham (captain), Jackie McGlew (vice-captain),Russell Endean and Ken Viljoen (manager).
Ferguson left the tour on 17 March when he flew from Auckland to Sydney.
The team went from Wellington to Sydney on 23 March and, after two days’ rest, flew to Perth. There they won a match against Western Australia, who the previous week had played against the Australian team bound for England for their 1953 tour.
The South African sailed from Fremantle aboard the ‘Dominion Monarch’ on Saturday night 28 March 1953.
They landed at Cape Town on 8 April.
Time away from South Africa187 days
(3 October to 8 April)
The profit was Rs 1692.
Published accounts of the tour
“Caught by the Springboks”by Jack Cheetham
“The South Africans in Australia 1952-53”by A G ‘Johnny’ Moyes