Mike Brearley maintained England’s winning ways by leading his
side to victory in five Tests, the first time this had been achieved in a
Test series in Australia (there were six Tests and Australia won the other
one). The home side was gravely weakened by the absence of her ‘Packer
players’. Of the newcomers, only Hogg presented England’s
batsmen with much of a problem, while only Border matched the application
shown by Boycott at Perth or Randall at Sydney.
The attraction of watching World Series Cricket stole many
potential spectators, both at the grounds and in front of television, away
from the official Test matches. W.S.C. challenged England
to a winner-takes-all, five-day match for $50,000 but the commitments of the
tour programme prevented England
from even considering it.
The team flew via Singapore
(where Gower alighted), Bombay (where half of
the members of the team disembarked) and Bahrain.
Nine members of the team (Bairstow, Botham, Hendrick, Lever, Old,
Miller, Randall, the manager and assistant) arrived at Heathrow
Airport, London, on 18 February.
The other players arrived back in England a week later.
Time away from England
October - 18 February)
Rain washed out the inaugural Benson
& Hedges Cup one-day international at Melbourne on Boxing Day, costing the
Australian Board approximately $150,000.
of the Tour
"Put To The
Test"by Geoffrey Boycott
Retained"by Mike Brearley &
Dudley Doust (Hodder & Stoughton, 1979)
"A Pitch in Both
Camps" by Alan Lee (Stanley Paul, 1979)
"Lambs to the
Slaughter"by Graham Yallop(Outback Press, 1979)
Time"by Peter MacFarline (Hutchinson, 1979)
"The Ashes 79"by David Frith (Angus & Robertson, 1979)
"In Defence of The
Martin-Jenkins (Macdonald and Jane's, London, 1979)
“Frindall's Scorebook: Australia Versus England 1978 - 79"by Bill Frindall (The Book Service, Ltd,
“Anyone for Cricket?”by David Gower and Bob Taylor (Pelham Books,
“From the Outer : A view of the Ashes series 1978-79”by John Meyer (the author,
Wembley W.A., 1979)
Test tours in 1978-79
To general reading of The Times newspaper digital archive
(Gale Group);Jamaica Gleanor
archive;National Library of Australia
Trove; Papers Past NZ.
From former British Newspaper
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Times, Daily Telegraph, Dawn, Eastern Daily Press, The Hindu, The Independent
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Zealand Auckland Herald, Sri Lanka Daily News, Stabroek News, Straits Times,
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Chandigarh, Trinidad Guardian, The West Australian.
Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer
International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field Annual,
Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand, Wisden
Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack.
Men In White, A History of
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