1878-79 Australia v England Series
Date 2 January 1879 – 4 January 1879
Location Australia
Result The one match Test series was won by Australia
Flag of Australia.png Australia Flag of England.png England
Dave Gregory Lord Harris
Most runs
Alick Bannerman (73)
Fred Spofforth (39)
Lord Harris (69)
Charlie Absolom (58)
Most wickets
Fred Spofforth (13)
Frank Allan (4)
Tom Emmett (7)

The English cricket team in Australia in 1878–79 was a private tour organised by the Melbourne Cricket Club and captained by Lord Harris. The team's match against Australia in January 1879 was retrospectively given Test Match status, making it the third such match and the third between Australia and England.

Harris' tour party arrived in Australia just two months after the touring Australians had returned from England. They were scheduled to play five tour matches, two each against New South Wales and Victoria and one against the combined Australians. Whilst in Sydney, the notorious Sydney Riot of 1879 occurred as a result of the tourists match against New South Wales.

The Test Match is not considered to be part of The Ashes.


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

Match details

First (and only) Test: England v Australia (2–4 January 1879)

Flag of England.png England 113

Lord Harris 33
Fred Spofforth 6/48

& 160

Lord Harris 36
Fred Spofforth 7/62

Australia won by 10 wickets [1]

2,3,4 January 1879
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Umpires: P Coady and G Coulthard
Man of the match:

Flag of Australia.png Australia 256

Alick Bannerman 73
Fred Spofforth 39
Tom Emmett 7/68

& 19/0

Charles Bannerman 15*


Individual records

Most runs Alick Bannerman 73
Most wickets Fred Spofforth 13
Most catches (excluding wicket keepers) Alexander Webbe /
Vernon Royle /
Tom Horan
Highest individual innings Alick Bannerman 73
Best innings bowling Fred Spofforth 7/62
Highest match total Alick Bannerman 73
Best match bowling Fred Spofforth 13

Team records

Best Innings Australia 256 (1st Innings)
Worst Innings England 113 (1st Innings)
Tosses Won Australia 1 (of 1)

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