This has become known as the ‘goodwill tour’. Gubby Allen was appointed England captain and charged with restoring
good relations with Australia
after the ill-feeling created by the ‘bodyline tour’.
England made a great start by winning the first two Test matches
in the series but the Australians recovered and won the next three matches.
This was the only time a side winning the first two matches has lost a
England had bad luck. Injury problems were a constant
disruption to Allen’s plans and almost half the side had to miss long
stretches of the tour while recovering. Weather and the toss also went
against the tourists but the England
team was not a great one. Hammond
scored a double century in the second Test which ensured victory in the match
but apart from him, Barnett and Leyland, the batting looked frail. Fortunately, Compton,
Hutton and Washbrook were to emerge during the 1937 season.
The matches were played before huge crowds - the record attendance of 350,534
in the Third Test, and 945,513 for the whole series
Sir Stanley Jackson (chairman), Lord Cobham, Henry Leveson-Gower, Gubby Allen (captain), Tommy Higson,Peter Perrin and Pelham Warner chose the team.
Gubby Allen was given the captaincy at the end of March
The first announcement about members of the team came
on 20 July when seven players (Allen, Hammond, Hardstaff, Leyland, Robins and
Verity) were named, with Captain Rupert Howard of Lancashire
On 29 July M.C.C. invited Copson, Duckworth, Fagg and
Worthington ; on 8 August Barnett, Farnes,
Sims, Voce and Holmes ;
on 25 August Ames's
name was added.
: E.R.T.Holmes withdrew because of his father's illness.On 29 August R.E.S.Wyatt replaced Holmes.
Also Unavailable:Harold Larwood, Cyril Walters (no cricket
Tour Party Announced :8 August 1936.
Time between selection and departure from England
(8 August - 11 September)
Before leaving for Australia members of the team played a
‘festival match’ in Scarborough againstH.D.G.Leveson-Gower's XI
The team’s departure from England took place on 11 September
1936.The team sailed from Southampton
on RMS "Orion" on the last day of the season. Sailing via
Gibraltar, Toulon, Port
Said, Suez, they played a match at Colombo.
The 'Orion' arrived at Fremantle on 12 October.
Travel to New Zealand
After the Australian tour, Barnett, Fagg, who was
ill, and Robins, who had broken a finger, did not go to New Zealand.
The remainder of the team sailed from Darling Harbour,
Sydney, on 14
March on the "Wanganella".The ship sailed to Wellington,
arriving on 17 March, and travelled directly on to Christchurch.
Time spent in Australia
October - 14 March)
Time spent in New Zealand
March -4 April)
Gubby Allen (captain),Walter Robins (vice-captain),Bob Wyatt, Walter Hammond, Morice Leyland (senior professionals).
Wade, T H
On 28 October M.C.C.
announced that Tom Wade, who was
on holiday in Australia,
would play temporarily as wicket-keeper while Les Ames (in hospital with a
swollen knee) and George Duckworth (who fractured the index finger of his
left-hand at Sydney)
Walter Robins broke a finger
at the start of the tour;
Morice Leyland missed early
matches owing to a kidney ailment.
Bob Wyatt, who fractured a
bone in his left arm, missed the first three Test matches.
Arthur Fagg went into hospital in Adelaide
with a swollen knee at the start of February.He had rheumatic fever, and had to go home early.
Laurie Fishlock broke a
finger and could not play throughout February so manager Rupert Howard played
in three minor matches.
Gubby Allen strained a leg
muscle and did not play between the 4th and 5th Tests in an attempt to get