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English cricket team in Australia in 1936–37

The England cricket team toured Australia in the 1936–37 season to play a five-match Test series against Australia for The Ashes. The tour was organised by the Marylebone Cricket Club and matches outside the Tests were played under the MCC name.

Australia won the series 3–2, having been 2–0 down, and therefore retained The Ashes. The 1936-37 Australia side are the only team to win a five-match series after losing the first two Tests, with Bradman being the only captain to win a five-match series after losing the first two Tests.[1][2]

Test series summary

First Test

4, 5, 7, 8, 9 December 1936
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
358 (113.6 overs)
M Leyland 126 (290)
WJ O'Reilly 5/102 (40.6 overs)
234 (85.6 overs)
JHW Fingleton 100 (310)
WE Voce 6/41 (20.6 overs)
256 (116.6 overs)
GOB Allen 68 (205)
FA Ward 6/102 (46 overs)
58 (12.3 overs)
AG Chipperfield 26* (18)
GOB Allen 5/36 (6 overs)
England won by 322 runs
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Umpires: GE Borwick and JD Scott

Second Test

18, 19, 21, 22 December 1936
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
426/6d (141.2 overs)
WR Hammond 231* (579)
EL McCormick 2/79 (20 overs)
80 (23.7 overs)
WJ O'Reilly 37* (44)
WE Voce 4/10 (8 overs)
324 (f/o) (96.7 overs)
SJ McCabe 93 (186)
WR Hammond 3/29 (15.7 overs)
England won by an innings and 22 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: GE Borwick and JD Scott
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 20 December was taken as a rest day.

Third Test

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 January 1937
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
200/9d (65.3 overs)
SJ McCabe 63 (146)
WR Hammond 2/16 (5.3 overs)
76/9d (28.2 overs)
WR Hammond 32 (88)
MW Seivers 3/28 (12 overs)
564 (149.7 overs)
DG Bradman 270 (375)
H Verity 3/79 (37.7 overs)
323 (78.6 overs)
M Leyland 111* (212)
LO Fleetwood-Smith 5/124 (25.6 overs)
Australia won by 365 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: GE Borwick and JD Scott
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 3 January was taken as a rest day.
  • Bradman's second innings was rated by Wisden as the best Test match innings of all time.[3]

Fourth Test

29, 30 January, 1, 2, 3, 4 February 1937
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
288 (77.6 overs)
SJ McCabe 88 (145)
K Farnes 3/71 (20.6 overs)
330 (113.4 overs)
CJ Barnett 129 (332)
LO Fleetwood-Smith 4/51 (30 overs)
433 (123.2 overs)
DG Bradman 212 (395)
WR Hammond 5/57 (15.2 overs)
243 (74 overs)
RE Wyatt 50 (108)
LO Fleetwood-Smith 6/110 (30 overs)
Australia won by 148 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: GE Borwick and JD Scott
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 31 January was taken as a rest day.
  • RG Gregory (AUS) made his Test debut.

Fifth Test

26, 27 February, 1, 2, 3 March 1937
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
604 (140.5 overs)
DG Bradman 169 (191)
K Farnes 6/96 (28.5 overs)
239 (71.5 overs)
J Hardstaff 83 (234)
WJ O'Reilly 5/51 (23 overs)
165 (f/o) (49.2 overs)
WR Hammond 56 (106)
LO Fleetwood-Smith 3/36 (13.2 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 200 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: GE Borwick and JD Scott
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 28 February was taken as a rest day.

Ceylon and New Zealand

The English team had a stopover in Colombo en route to Australia and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team, which at that time did not have Test status.[4]

At the end of the tour the team visited New Zealand, playing three first-class matches, but no Tests.[5]

References

  1. ^ Bull, Andy. "20 great Ashes moments No4: Don Bradman records Wisden's best innings, 1937". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Test matches — Winning a series after coming from behind". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Laxman, Kumble in Wisden's top ten list". Cricinfo. 26 July 2001. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Ceylon v MCC 1936". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  5. ^ "M.C.C. in New Zealand, 1936-37". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
Sources
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
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975


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