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History of Australian cricket from 1900–01 to 1918

This article describes the history of Australian cricket from the 1900–01 season until 1918.

Notable Australian players during this period include Joe Darling, Monty Noble, Victor Trumper, Clem Hill, Hugh Trumble, Warwick Armstrong, Charlie Macartney, Syd Gregory, Warren Bardsley, Bert Hopkins, Bill Howell, James Kelly, Tibby Cotter and Bill Whitty.

Domestic cricket

The 1900–01 season was notable for Clem Hill's career-high 365* which enabled South Australia to defeat New South Wales by an innings. Hill went on to be the season's leading runscorer with 620 @ 103.33. The leading wicket-takers with 20 apiece were Jack Saunders @ 17.13 (BB 6/70) and Joe Travers @ 20.75 (BB 9/30).

When South Africa toured in 1910–11, Australia relied on the outstanding bowling of Bill Whitty who was the season's leading wicket-taker with 70 wickets @ 20.27 (BB 6/17). The top runscorer was Aubrey Faulkner of South Africa with 1534 runs @ 59.00 (HS 204); the leading home batsman was Victor Trumper with 1246 @ 69.22 (HS 214*).

The 1914–15 season was the last to be played before the First World War ended first-class cricket in Australia until December 1918. Jack Ryder, whose best years were after the war, was the leading runscorer in 1914–15 with 445 runs @ 74.16 (HS 151). The leading bowler was Bert Ironmonger with 36 wickets @ 17.52 (BB 7/69).

Sheffield Shield winners

International tours of Australia

England 1901–02

For more information about this tour, see: English cricket team in Australia in 1901-02

England 1902–03

An English team managed by Lord Hawke toured Australia and New Zealand in 1902–03. The team was captained by Plum Warner and included Bernard Bosanquet, Frederick Fane, Cuthbert Burnup and George Thompson. They played three first-class matches in Australia versus New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

England 1903–04

For more information about this tour, see: English cricket team in Australia in 1903-04

England 1907–08

For more information about this tour, see: English cricket team in Australia in 1907-08

South Africa 1910–11

England 1911–12

For more information about this tour, see: English cricket team in Australia in 1911-12

New Zealand 1913–14

This was New Zealand's second tour of Australia. Four matches were played in December 1913 and January 1914. New Zealand played each of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

New Zealand secured its first victory in Australia by winning the opening game against Queensland at Brisbane Cricket Ground by 12 runs. They owed the victory to team captain Dan Reese who took 7–53 in Queensland's first innings.

New Zealand lost to both New South Wales and Victoria by an innings but managed a draw against South Australia.


External sources

Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877–1978, Wisden, 1979
  • David Frith, The Golden Age of Cricket 1890–1914, Lutterworth, 1978
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
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