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Australian cricket team in England in 1938

The 1938 Ashes series between Australia and England was drawn. England and Australia won a Test each, with two of the other Tests drawn and the third game of the series, scheduled for Manchester, abandoned without a ball being bowled, only the second instance of this in more than 60 years of Test cricket. The Australians retained The Ashes.

In all 30 first-class matches were played, and the Australian team won 15 of them losing only to England and H. D. G. Leveson-Gower's XI. There were also six minor games, the Australians winning five of them.

The touring team

Manager: WH Jeanes (SA)

The team travelled to England on the P&O liner RMS Strathmore.[1]

Test series summary

First Test

10, 11, 13, 14 June 1938
(4-day match)
658/8d (188 overs)
E Paynter 216* (333)
LO Fleetwood-Smith 4/153 (49 overs)
411 (130.3 overs)
SJ McCabe 232 (277)
K Farnes 4/106 (37 overs)
427/6d (f/o) (188 overs)
DG Bradman 144* (379)
H Verity 3/102 (62 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: F Chester and E Robinson

Second Test

24, 25, 27, 28 June 1938
(4-day match)
494 (137.3 overs)
WR Hammond 240 (394)
WJ O'Reilly 4/93 (37 overs)
422 (121.4 overs)
WA Brown 206* (370)
H Verity 4/103 (35.4 overs)
242/8d (72 overs)
DCS Compton 76* (137)
EL McCormick 3/72 (24 overs)
204/6 (48.2 overs)
DG Bradman 102* (135)
WJ Edrich 2/27 (5.2 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's, London
Umpires: EJ Smith and FI Walden
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 26 June was taken as a rest day.

Third Test

8, 9, 11, 12 July 1938
(4-day match)
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: A Dolphin and W Reeves
  • No toss made.

Fourth Test

22, 23, 25 July 1938
(4-day match)
223 (98.1 overs)
WR Hammond 76
WJ O'Reilly 5/66 (34.1 overs)
242 (98.4 overs)
DG Bradman 103
K Farnes 4/77 (26 overs)
123 (50.5 overs)
CJ Barnett 29
WJ O'Reilly 5/56 (21.5 overs)
107/5 (32.3 overs)
AL Hassett 33
DVP Wright 3/26 (5 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: F Chester and EJ Smith
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 24 July was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was scheduled for four days but completed in three.
  • WFF Price (ENG) and MG Waite (AUS) made their Test debuts.

Fifth Test

20, 22, 23, 24 August 1938
(Timeless Test)
903/7d (335.2 overs)
L Hutton 364
WJ O'Reilly 3/178 (85 overs)
201 (52.1 overs)
WA Brown 69
WE Bowes 5/49 (19 overs)
123 (f/o) (34.1 overs)
BA Barnett 46
K Farnes 4/63 (12.1 overs)
England won by an innings and 579 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: F Chester and FI Walden
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 21 August was taken as a rest day.
  • The match was completed in four days.
  • A Wood (ENG) and SG Barnes (AUS) made their Test debuts.

The England total of 903-7d is the highest Test innings total to feature a duck - Eddie Paynter was dismissed for 0.[2]


The Australians had a stopover in Colombo en route to England and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team, which at that time did not have Test status.[3]


  1. ^ Gideon Haigh, The Book of Ashes Anecdotes, p. 61
  2. ^ Walmsley, Keith (2003). Mosts Without in Test Cricket. Reading, England: Keith Walmsley. p. 353. ISBN 0947540067.
  3. ^ "Ceylon v Australia 1938". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June 2014.

Annual reviews

Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993

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