The South Africans asked M.C.C.
to send an amateur side, apparently for economy reasons.Leveson-Gower said every effort was made to
raise such a team, but it would have been too weak and an insult to their
hosts. So a number of professionals were invited after all. George Gunn,
however, was not included in the team. He did not open his letter of
invitation on receipt, forgot all about it, and was unaware of his selection.
The tour brought England's second consecutive defeat in South Africa, the batsmen being unable to cope
with South Africa's
four googly bowlers on matting wickets.After the first three Test matches (which made up his entire Testplaying career), Leveson-Gower stood down
as captain in favour of F.L.Fane.
At the end of the tour further
matches had been arranged, supposedly because some of the amateurs wanted to
travel north and see the Victoria Falls.However, the professionals stuck to their
original undertaking and would not go without extra payment. In the end only
Messrs Bird, Fane, Leveson-Gower and Simpson-Hayward went to Rhodesia.
There they played in three matches, supported by seven South African players.
Lord Hawke (chairman),H D
G Leveson-Gower,C B Fry.
H.D.G.Leveson-Gower to the Test selection committee on 17 March 1909, and
asked him to captain their side to South Africa.
He said every effort was made to raise an amateur team,
but half of the selections made by himself and the selection committee were
professionals.The names of those
invited were published on 9 August.
Unavailable:A.P.Day, C.B.Fry, K.L.Hutchings, G.L.Jessop, A.C.MacLaren, R.H.Spooner, P.F.Warner and several other amateurs were
unable to spare the time to make the tour,
Tour partyannounced : on 30
Tufnell was added to the side in September.
Time between selection and departure from England
(30 August - 6 November)
The date of departure was brought forward by one week from 13
November to allow the team some extra time for practice. The team left London’s Waterloo Station by the boat express on 6
November 1909 to board the Union-Castle Line steamship 'Saxon'at Southampton Docks They sailed, via
Madeira, to Cape Town,
arriving on 23 November.
Time spent in South Africa
November - 16 March)
Henry Leveson-Gower (captain),
Francis Fane (vice-captain), Wilfred Rhodes,
The Hon Richard
Ponsonby played in the match at Pietermaritzburg because
Tufnell was indisposed. Ponsonby was private secretary to the Governor of
Natal, Sir Matthew Nathan.
The amateurs continued the tour into Rhodesia and
were reinforced by A E Cook, F J V Hopley, G W V Hopley, H S Kaye, P T Lewis, R O
Schwarz, P W Sherwell, J W Zulch,