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Peter McAlister

Peter McAlister
McAlister during the Ashes tour to England in 1909
Personal information
Full name
Peter Alexander McAlister
Born(1869-07-11)11 July 1869
Williamstown, Victoria
Died10 May 1938(1938-05-10) (aged 68)
Richmond, Victoria
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 86)26 February 1904 v England
Last Test1 July 1909 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 8 85
Runs scored 252 4,552
Batting average 16.80 32.74
100s/50s 0/0 9/22
Top score 41 224
Balls bowled 0 128
Wickets 3
Bowling average 18.66
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/0
Catches/stumpings 10/– 91/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 October 2022

Peter Alexander McAlister (11 July 1869 – 10 May 1938) was an Australian cricketer who played in eight Test matches from 1904 to 1909.

His undemocratic appointment as vice-captain-cum-treasurer of the Australian cricket team in England in 1909 irrupted latent animus between the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket and its players. An unpopular choice, McAlister was forced to brood his way through the tour after player-appointed manager Frank Laver declined to assist him. Two years later, accordingly, the Board unilaterally repealed the players' informal right to choose their own manager. It was this which motivated the Big Six, supported by the South Australian Cricket Association and some disgruntled members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, to pull out of the 1912 Triangular Tournament.

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