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English cricket team in Australia in 1894–95

1895 newspaper article describing the fifth day of the final deciding Ashes match

The England cricket team toured Australia and Ceylon in 1894-95. The team, captained by Andrew Stoddart, played 24 matches in total, of which it won 10, drew 10 and lost 4. In first-class cricket, the team played 12, won 8 and lost 4.

Five Test matches were played. England won 3-2 after Australia had recovered from 0-2 down to 2-2 with the final match a true decider. The first Test, won by England, was the first of only three Tests in history to be won by a side forced to follow on.

In addition to the Test series, England played first-class matches against the Australian colonial teams: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

Test series summary

First Test

14–20 December 1894
586 (172.3 overs)
SE Gregory 201
T Richardson 5/181 (55.3 overs)
325 (140.3 overs)
A Ward 75
G Giffen 4/75 (43 overs)
166 (68 overs)
J Darling 53
R Peel 6/67 (30 overs)
437 (f/o) (181.4 overs)
A Ward 117
G Giffen 4/164 (75 overs)
England won by 10 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: C Bannerman and J Phillips

Second Test

29 December 1894–3 January 1895
75 (40.1 overs)
A Ward 30
CTB Turner 5/32 (20 overs)
123 (55.5 overs)
G Giffen 32
J Darling 32
T Richardson 5/57 (23 overs)
475 (202.2 overs)
AE Stoddart 173
G Giffen 6/155 (78.2 overs)
333 (136.1 overs)
GHS Trott 95
R Peel 4/77 (40.1 overs)
England won by 94 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: T Flynn and J Phillips
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • 30 December was taken as a rest day.
  • A Coningham (AUS) made his Test debut.

Third Test

11–15 January 1895
238 (81.1 overs)
G Giffen 58
T Richardson 5/75 (21.1 overs)
124 (57.3 overs)
JT Brown 39*
ST Callaway 5/37 (26.3 overs)
411 (115.2 overs)
FA Iredale 140
R Peel 4/96 (34 overs)
143 (67.1 overs)
AC MacLaren 35
AE Trott 8/43 (27 overs)
Australia won by 382 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: J Phillips and GHG Searcy
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 13 January was taken as a rest day
  • J Harry and AE Trott (both AUS) made their Test debuts.

Fourth Test

1–4 February 1895
284 (83.5 overs)
H Graham 105
J Briggs 4/65 (22 overs)
65 (38.5 overs)
JT Brown 20*
G Giffen 3/14 (5.5 overs)
72 (f/o) (29.1 overs)
W Brockwell 17
G Giffen 5/26 (15 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 147 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: C Bannerman and J Phillips
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • 3 February was taken as a rest day.
  • There was no play on the second day

Fifth Test

1–6 March 1895
414 (148.4 overs)
J Darling 74
R Peel 4/114 (48 overs)
385 (133 overs)
AC MacLaren 120
GHS Trott 4/71 (24 overs)
267 (123.2 overs)
G Giffen 51
T Richardson 6/104 (45.2 overs)
298/4 (88.1 overs)
JT Brown 140
GHS Trott 2/63 (20.1 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: T Flynn and J Phillips
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 3 March was taken as a rest day
  • TR McKibbin (AUS) made his Test debut.


A E Stoddart's XI.jpg

England was captained by Andrew Stoddart and had Hylton Philipson as its specialist wicket-keeper, the other players being Johnny Briggs, Bobby Peel, Jack Brown, Tom Richardson, Bill Lockwood, Archie MacLaren, Albert Ward, Bill Brockwell, Francis Ford, Walter Humphreys and Leslie Gay.

Australia was captained in the first Test by Jack Blackham who was also the wicket-keeper. He was then replaced by George Giffen as captain and by Affie Jarvis as keeper. Other players to represent Australia were Jack Lyons, Charlie Turner, Harry Trott, Syd Gregory, Joe Darling, Frank Iredale, Ernie Jones, Charlie McLeod, John Reedman, Hugh Trumble, Arthur Coningham, Albert Trott, Jack Worrall, Harry Graham and Tom McKibbin.


The team used Colombo as a stopover during its long sea voyage and played against local sides that were not first-class. This was the fifth time that an English cricket team had visited Ceylon but it was not until 1911-12 that another arrived.

External links


Further reading

  • The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978 by Bill Frindall
  • My Dear Victorious Stod by David Frith
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack 2006
28 September 2019