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Australian cricket team in Ceylon and India in 1935–36

An Australian cricket team toured Ceylon and India in 1935-36, playing 17 first-class matches between October 1935 and February 1936, including four unofficial Tests.


This tour was privately organized, and was not endorsed by the Australian Board of Control. Australia's Test team were touring South Africa, and the Board, determined that the Sheffield Shield season should not be further affected by the absence of leading players, stipulated that no current Sheffield Shield players would be allowed to tour India.[1]

The finance for the tour was provided by The Maharaja of Patiala, and the team was selected and organized by the Australian cricketer Frank Tarrant, who had long playing experience in Australia, England and India. The team's official title was "His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala's Team of Australian Cricketers".[2]

The Australian team

The team chosen consisted largely of former Test players and fringe Sheffield Shield players. The players, with their ages at the start of the tour in late October 1935, were:

As well, Frank Warne (29) played in three of the first-class matches, Frank Tarrant (54) and Joseph Davis (age unknown) each played in two, and Tarrant's son Louis (31) played in one. The Maharaja of Patiala also played in one match for the Australians, as guest captain against Patiala, who were captained by his son, the Yuvraj of Patiala.[3]

The tour

The tour began in October 1935 in Colombo with one first-class match against Ceylon which the Australians won by an innings and 127 runs.[4]

From November 1935 to February 1936, the team played 16 first-class matches in India, including four matches against an All-India XI:


  1. ^ "Third Man", "The Australians in India", The Cricketer, Annual 1935-36, pp. 85–86.
  2. ^ Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field, Picador, London, 2002, p. 233.
  3. ^ "Patiala v Australians 1935-36". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ "All Ceylon v Australians, 1935/36". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Australia in India, 1935/36, 1st Unofficial Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Australia in India, 1935/36, 2nd Unofficial Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Australia in India, 1935/36, 3rd Unofficial Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Australia in India, 1935/36, 4th Unofficial Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

Further reading

  • Mihir Bose, A History of Indian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, London, 1990, pp. 99–100
  • Mike Coward, Cricket Beyond the Bazaar, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, 1990, pp. 89–113
  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field: An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, London, 2001, pp. 233–34

External links

28 September 2019