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English cricket team in Australia in 1891–92

The England national cricket team toured Australia and Ceylon in 1891-92.

The team, captained by W G Grace, was organised by Lord Sheffield who later subscribed the Sheffield Shield to Australian domestic first-class cricket.

29 matches were played in total, of which 12 were won, two lost and 15 drawn. Eight of the games were first-class including three Tests versus Australia. Australia won the Test series 2-1.

The other five first-class matches were versus New South Wales (twice), South Australia and Victoria (twice).

Test series summary

Australia won the Test series 2-1.

First Test

1–6 January 1892
240 (151.1 overs)
W Bruce 57
JW Sharpe 6/84 (51 overs)
264 (91.4 overs)
WG Grace 50
G Bean 50
RW McLeod 5/53 (28.4 overs)
236 (191.5 overs)
JJ Lyons 51
R Peel 2/25 (16.5 overs)
158 (82.2 overs)
AE Stoddart 35
CTB Turner 5/51 (33.2 overs)
Australia won by 54 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: T Flynn and J Phillips

Second Test

29 January–3 February 1892
144 (94.2 overs)
JJ Lyons 41
GA Lohmann 8/58 (43.2 overs)
307 (114.2 overs)
R Abel 132*
G Giffen 4/88 (28.2 overs)
391 (219.4 overs)
JJ Lyons 134
J Briggs 4/69 (32.4 overs)
156 (66.2 overs)
AE Stoddart 69
G Giffen 6/72 (28 overs)
Australia won by 72 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: T Flynn and JA Tooher
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 31 January was taken as a rest day.

Third Test

24–28 March 1892
499 (173.1 overs)
AE Stoddart 134
CTB Turner 3/111 (46 overs)
100 (42.5 overs)
JJ Lyons 23
J Briggs 6/49 (21.5 overs)
169 (f/o) (68 overs)
W Bruce 37
J Briggs 6/87 (28 overs)
England won by an innings and 230 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: GE Downs and WO Whitridge
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 27 March was taken as a rest day.
  • H Philipson (ENG) made his Test debut.


England was captained by W G Grace and had Gregor MacGregor as its specialist wicket-keeper, the other players being Johnny Briggs, Bobby Peel, Andrew Stoddart, Bobby Abel, Maurice Read, George Lohmann, William Attewell, John Sharpe, George Bean and Hylton Philipson.

Australia was captained by Jack Blackham who was also its wicket-keeper. Other players to represent Australia were Alec Bannerman, George Giffen, Jack Lyons, William Bruce, Charlie Turner, Harry Moses, Harry Trott, Bob McLeod, Harry Donnan, Sydney Callaway, Walter Giffen, Syd Gregory.


The team used Colombo as a stopover during its long sea voyage and played a match in October 1891 on Galle Face Green against a local side that was not first-class. This was the third time that an English cricket team had visited Ceylon.[1]


  1. ^ "Ceylon v Lord Sheffield's XI 1891". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 June 2014.

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28 September 2019