|Rest of the World XI in Australia 1971-72|
the World XI tour of Australia 1971-72
Captain Garfield Sobers
- February 1972)
As soon as the invitation to South Africa
was withdrawn, the Australian Cricket Board of Control started organising a
Rest of the World XI tour to take its place.
At first it looked as if the SACA would not support the tour and that
all the top South African players would not be made available; in which case Sir
Donald Bradman said the tour would be neither of mixed composition nor of acceptable
Garry Sobers promised the
public bright, positive cricket but was unable to take part in the early
matches himself because of an eye infection. However, he soon showed that he
remained the greatest cricketer in the world. Bradman described Sobers’
innings of 254 in the representative match at Melbourne
as “probably the greatest exhibition of batting ever seen in Australia”.
Others in the team did less
well. Australian manager Bill Jacobs
ordered the players to improve their efforts, dropping four players from the
South Africa to England
Rest of the World XI in England 1970
South Africa to Australia
of the Rest of the World tour party (17)
Opening batsmen Hylton Ackerman, Sunil
Middle-order batsmen Graeme Pollock, Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai,
Clive Lloyd, Zaheer Abbas.
Wicket-keepers Farokh Engineer, Bob Taylor
All-rounder Tony Greig
Spin bowlers Bishan Bedi, Intikhab Alam, Norman Gifford
bowlers Peter Pollock, Asif
Masood, Bob Cunis, Richard Hutton
B S Bedi
R S Cunis
A W Greig
R W Taylor added
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(26 November 1971):
yrs 0 months
Appearances made before the tour
H M Ackerman 0, Asif
Masood 6, B S Bedi 27, R S Cunis 15, F M Engineer 33, S M Gavaskar 7, N
Gifford 6, A W Greig 0, R A Hutton 5, Intikhab Alam 29, R
B Kanhai 66, C H Lloyd
23, P M Pollock 28, R G Pollock 23, G S Sobers 81, R W Taylor 1, Zaheer Abbas 4.
Sir Donald Bradman, Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton, Phil
The selection was organised by Jack Ledward who took
three weeks to contact all the players and obtain agreement.
Unavailable: Among those who turned
down an invitation to join the tour party were Ali Bacher, Barry Richards
(coaching in Natal), Eddie Barlow (wine
business, Mike Procter (coaching in Rhodesia),
John Snow (contracted to Carlton), Geoffrey
Boycott. (coaching contract in South Africa),
Alan Knott (writing a book), Peter Lever (in New Zealand).
Rest of the World party announced : 4 October 1971.
Jack Ledward announced sixteen names, with the name
of a wicket-keeper yet to be given out because Knott was unavailable. Bob Taylor was subsequently chosen.
The players met up in Melbourne
on 2 November. The first tour match began on 5 November.
Lloyd withdrew from the tour just
before Christmas with a back injury and returned to England. Mike
Procter turned down an offer to replace him.
Peter and Graeme Pollock arrived from South Africa
on 30 December to join the tour party.
Cunis returned to New Zealand in January to prepare for the New
Zealanders’ tour of West Indies.
New South Wales
Won 38 r
AUSTRALIA 1st representative
Won 72 r
AUSTRALIA 2nd representative
LOST inns 11 r
Australian XI (25 overs)
Won 14 r
Australian XI (40 overs)
Won 44 r
Lost inns 1 r
Won 8 w
AUSTRALIA 3rd representative
WON 96 r
AUSTRALIA 4th representative
Lost 10 w
Australia (15 overs exhibition match)
Lost 6 r
Southern New South Wales
Northern New South Wales
WON 9 w
match appearances on tour
5 - Bedi,
Gavaskar, Greig, Intikhab,
4 - Ackerman, Engineer,
3 - G
2 - Cunis, Hutton,
Lloyd, P Pollock
1 - Asif
Masood, Gifford, Taylor.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
F Fixtures W Won
Drawn Canc Cancelled
Aban abandoned without any play
Six newspaper companies sponsored the tour
Total prize money for the series was $25,000.
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