1876-77 Australia v England Series
Date 15 March 1877 – 4 April 1877
Location Australia
Result The 2-Test series was drawn 1-1
Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of England.png England
Dave Gregory James Lillywhite
Most runs
Charles Bannerman (209)
Nat Thomson (67)
George Ulyett (139)
Allen Hill (101)
Most wickets
Tom Kendall (14)
Billy Midwinter (8)
James Lillywhite (8)
Alfred Shaw (8)

The 1877 Australia v England series was at the time considered to be another professional first-class cricket tour of colonial Australia, as other similar tours had occurred previously, but was retrospectively classified as the first ever Test cricket tour of Australia by the English cricket team.

A rival tour had been also organised by Fred Grace but was cancelled, enabling most of the best players of the Australian colonies to participate in the series against James Lillywhite's side. Fred Spofforth, widely regarded as the best Australian fast bowler, controversially withdrew from the first Test in protest over the omission of Billy Murdoch as wicket-keeper. Starting on 15 March 1877 the two sides played two Tests, and the series was drawn 1-1.


Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of England.png England

Match details

First Test: England v Australia (15–19 March 1877)

Flag of Australia.png Australia 245

Charles Bannerman 165
Alfred Shaw 3/51
James Southerton 3/61

& 104

Tom Horan 20
Alfred Shaw 5/38
George Ulyett 3/39

Australia won by 45 runs [1]

15,16,17,19 March 1877
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Umpires: CA Reid and RB Terry
Man of the match:

Flag of England.png England 196

Henry Jupp 63
Henry Charlwood 36
Billy Midwinter 5/78

& 108

John Selby 38
Tom Kendall 7/55

Second Test: England v Australia (31 March-4 April 1877)

Flag of Australia.png Australia 122

Billy Midwinter 31
Allen Hill 4/27

& 259

Dave Gregory 43
Nat Thomson 41
James Southerton 4/46
James Lillywhite 4/70

England won by 4 wickets [2]

31 March, 2,3,4 April 1877
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Umpires: S Cosstick and RB Terry
Man of the match:

Flag of England.png England 261

George Ulyett 52
Andrew Greenwood 49
Allen Hill 49
Tom Kendall 4/82

& 122/6

George Ulyett 63


Individual records

Most runs Charles Bannerman 209
Most wickets Tom Kendall 14
Most catches (excluding wicket keepers) Tom Emmett 4
Highest individual innings Charles Bannerman 165 (retired hurt)
Best innings bowling Tom Kendall 7/55 (First Test, 2nd Innings)
Highest match total Charles Bannerman 169 (First test)
Best match bowling Tom Kendall /
Alfred Shaw
8 (Second Test)

Team records

Best Innings England 261 (Second Test, 1st Innings)
Worst Innings England 108 (First Test, 2nd Innings)
Tosses Won Australia 2 (of 2)

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