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Australian cricket team in England in 1909

The Australian cricket team in England in 1909 played 42 first-class matches, including five Test matches to contest The Ashes. Australia was captained by Monty Noble, England by Archie MacLaren. The third Test of the series, at Headingley, was the 100th Test match to be played by England.[1]

Test series summary

Australia won the Test series 2–1, with two matches drawn.

First Test

27–29 May 1909
74 (46 overs)
WW Armstrong 24
C Blythe 6/44 (23 overs)
121 (55.3 overs)
AO Jones 28
WW Armstrong 5/27 (15.3 overs)
151 (52.5 overs)
SE Gregory 43
VS Ransford 43

GH Hirst 5/58 (23.5 overs)
C Blythe 5/58 (24 overs)
105/0 (32.2 overs)
JB Hobbs 62*
England won by 10 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: J Carlin and F Parris

Second Test

14–16 June 1909
269 (107.2 overs)
JH King 60
A Cotter 4/80 (23 overs)
350 (119.5 overs)
VS Ransford 143*
AE Relf 5/85 (45 overs)
121 (60.5 overs)
AO Jones 26
WW Armstrong 6/35 (24.5 overs)
41/1 (15.4 overs)
PA McAlister 19*
AE Relf 1/9 (7.4 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: CE Dench and J Moss
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • JH King (ENG) made his Test debut.

Third Test

1–3 July 1909
188 (73.1 overs)
SE Gregory 46
W Rhodes 4/38 (8 overs)
182 (84.3 overs)
J Sharp 61
CG Macartney 7/58 (25.3 overs)
207 (96.1 overs)
WW Armstrong 45
SF Barnes 6/63 (35 overs)
87 (37.5 overs)
JB Hobbs 30
A Cotter 5/38 (16 overs)
Australia won by 126 runs
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: W Richards and WAJ West
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • J Sharp (ENG) made his Test debut.

Fourth Test

26–28 July 1909
147 (54.3 overs)
WW Armstrong 32*
SF Barnes 5/56 (27 overs)
119 (52.2 overs)
AFA Lilley 26*
FJ Laver 8/31 (18.2 overs)
279/9d (84.3 overs)
VS Ransford 54*
W Rhodes 5/83 (25 overs)
108/3 (55 overs)
RH Spooner 58
AJY Hopkins 2/31 (12 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: W Richards and WAJ West
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

Fifth Test

9–11 August 1909
325 (89.3 overs)
W Bardsley 136
DW Carr 5/146 (34 overs)
352 (106.4 overs)
J Sharp 105
A Cotter 6/95 (27.4 overs)
339/5d (100 overs)
W Bardsley 130
SF Barnes 2/61 (27 overs)
104/3 (33 overs)
W Rhodes 54
WW Armstrong 2/8 (7 overs)
Match drawn
The Oval, London
Umpires: J Moss and W Richards
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • FE Woolley and DW Carr (both ENG) made their Test debuts.


  1. ^ Booth, Lawrence (12 April 2018). The Shorter Wisden 2018: The Best Writing from Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2018. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781472953582. Retrieved 29 April 2018 – via Google Books.

Further reading

  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1910
  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975

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