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Len Hutton captained the English cricket team in Australia in 1954–55, playing as England against Australia in the 1954-55 Ashes series and as the MCC in other matches on the tour. It was the first time that an England team had toured Australia under a professional captain since the 1880s. After losing the First Test by an innings, they beat Australia 3-1 and retained the Ashes. The combination of Frank Tyson, Brian Statham, Trevor Bailey, Johnny Wardle and Bob Appleyard made it one of the strongest bowling sides to tour Australia, and it was the only team of any nationality to defeat Australia at home between 1932-33 and 1970-71.

English squad

Career Test statistics of 1954-55 England team

(As per the convention of the time, amateurs have their initials in front of their surname and professional players have their initials after their name, if their initials were used at all)

Name County Age Role Tests Runs Highest Average 100s 50s Ct St Wickets Best Average 5 Wt 10 Wt
C. G. Howard Lancashire 45 Manager
Duckworth, G. Lancashire 53 Scorer and baggage manager 24 234 39* 14.62 45 15
Dalton, H. W. Physiotherapist
Hutton, L. (c) Yorkshire 38 Right-handed opening batsman 79 6971 364 56.67 19 33 57 3 1/2 77.33
R. T. Simpson Nottinghamshire 34 Right-handed opening batsman 27 1401 156* 33.45 4 6 5 3 2/4 11.00
Wilson, J. V. Yorkshire 33 Left-handed top-order batsman
Compton, D. C. S. Middlesex 36 Right-handed top-order batsman 78 5807 278 50.06 17 28 49 25 5/70 56.40 1
M. C. Cowdrey Kent 21 Right-handed top-order batsman 114 7624 182 44.06 22 38 120 0/1
W. J. Edrich Middlesex 38 Right-handed top-order batsman 39 2440 219 40.00 6 13 39 41 4/68 41.29
Graveney, T. W. Gloucestershire 27 Right-handed top-order batsman 79 4882 258 44.38 11 20 80 1 1/34 167.00
P. B. H. May (vc) Surrey 24 Right-handed top-order batsman 66 4537 285* 46.77 14 22 42
Andrew, K. V. Northamptonshire 24 Wicket-keeper 2 29 15 9.66 1
Evans, T. G. Kent 33 Wicket-keeper 91 2439 104 20.49 2 8 173 46
Tyson, F. H. Northamptonshire 24 Right-arm fast bowler 18 230 37* 10.95 4 76 7/27 18.56 4 1
T. E. Bailey Essex 30 Right-arm fast-medium bowler 61 2290 134* 29.74 1 10 32 132 7/34 29.21 5 1
Statham, J. B. Lancashire 24 Right-arm fast-medium bowler 51 675 38 11.44 28 252 7/39 24.84 9 1
Loader, P. J. Surrey 24 Right-arm fast-medium bowler 13 76 17 5.84 2 39 6/36 22.51 1
Bedser, A. V. Surrey 36 Right-arm fast-medium bowler 51 714 79 12.75 1 26 236 7/44 24.89 15 5
Appleyard, R. Yorkshire 31 Off-spin bowler 9 51 19* 17.00 4 31 5/51 17.87 1
McConnon, J. E. Glamorgan 31 Off-spin bowler 2 18 11 9.00 4 4 3/19 18.50
Wardle, J. H. Yorkshire 31 Slow left-arm bowler
"Chinaman" bowler
28 653 66 19.78 2 12 102 7/36 20.39 5 1

First Test - Brisbane

26 November–1 December
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
601/8 (dec)
v Flag of England England
190
Flag of Australia Australia won by an innings and 154 runs
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Australia
Umpires: C. Hoy (AUS) & M. J. McInnes (AUS)
R. N. Harvey 162
A. R. Morris 153
R. R. Lindwall 62*
G. B. Hole 57
T. E. Bailey 3/140
T. E. Bailey 88
R.R. Lindwall 3/27
I. W. G. Johnson 3/46
257 (follow-on)
W. J. Edrich 88
R. Benaud 3/43

See Main Article - 1954-55 Ashes series

Second Test - Sydney

17–22 December
scorecard
Flag of England England
154
v Flag of Australia Australia
228
Flag of England England won by 38 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: M. J. McInnes (AUS) & R. J. J. Wright (AUS)
Wardle, J. H. 35
R. G. Archer 3/12
W. A. Johnston 3/56
R. G. Archer 49
Tyson, F. H. 4/45
T. E. Bailey 4/59
296 184
P. B. H. May (vc) 104
M. C. Cowdrey 54
R. G. Archer 3/53
R. R. Lindwall 3/69
W. A. Johnston 3/70
R. N. Harvey 92*
Tyson, F. H. 6/85
Statham, J. B. 3/45

See Main Article - 1954-55 Ashes series

Third Test - Melbourne

31 December–5 January
scorecard
Flag of England England
191
v Flag of Australia Australia
231
Flag of England England won by 128 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: C. Hoy (AUS) & M. J. McInnes (AUS)
M. C. Cowdrey 102
R. G. Archer 4/33
K. R. Miller 3/14
L. V. Maddocks 47
Staham, J. B. 5/60
Tyson, F. H. 2/68
296 111
P. B. H. May 91
W. A. Johnston 5/85
L. E. Favell 30
Tyson, F. H. 7/27
Staham, J. B. 2/38
Evans, T. G. (wk) 3 Ct

See Main Article - 1954-55 Ashes series

Fourth Test - Adelaide

28 January–2 February
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
323
v Flag of England England
341
Flag of England England won by 5 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: M. J. McInnes (AUS) & R. J. J. Wright (AUS)
L. V. Maddocks (wk) 69
T. E. Bailey 3/39
Appleyard, R. 3/58
Tyson, F. H. 3/85
Hutton, L. (c) 80
M. C. Cowdrey 79
R. Benaud 4/120
L. V. Maddocks (wk) 3 Ct
111 97/5
C. C. McDonald 29
Appleyard, R. 3/13
Statham, J. B. 3/38
Tyson, F. H. 3/47
Compton, D. C. S. 34*
K. R. Miller 3/40

See Main Article - 1954-55 Ashes series

Fifth Test - Sydney

25 February–3 March
scorecard
Flag of England England
371/7 (dec)
v Flag of Australia Australia
221
Match drawn
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: M. J. McInnes (AUS) & R. J. J. Wright (AUS)
Graveney, T. W. 111
Compton, D. C. S. 84
P. B. H. May 79
T. E. Bailey 72
I.W.G. Johnson 3/68
R.R. Lindwall 3/77
C. C. McDonald 72
Wardle, J. H. 5/79
118/6 (follow-on)
C. C. McDonald 37
Wardle, J. H. 3/51
  • 25–28 February

See Main Article - 1954-55 Ashes series

Ceylon

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.

Further reading

  • John Arlott, Australian Test Journal. A Diary of the Test Matches Australia v. England 1954-55, The Sportsman's Book Club, 1956
  • John Arlott, John Arlott's 100 Greatest Batsmen, MacDonald Queen Anne Press, 1986
  • Peter Arnold, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Cricket, W. H. Smith, 1985
  • Sidney Barnes, The Ashes Ablaze: The M. C. C. Australian tour, 1954-55, Kimber, 1955
  • Ashley Brown, The Pictorial History of Cricket, Bison, 1988
  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Arthur Gilligan, The Urn Returns: A Diary of the 1954-55 M. C. C. Tour of Australia, Deutsch, 1955
  • Tom Graveney and Norman Miller, The Ten Greatest Test Teams Sidgewick and Jackson, 1988
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Alan Hill, Daring Young Men: MCC Tour to Australia - 1954-55, Methuen Publishing Ltd, 2004
  • Keith Miller, Cricket Crossfire, Oldbourne Press, 1956
  • Ian Peebles, The Ashes 1954-55, Hodder and Stoughton, 1955
  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1955
  • Alan Ross, Australia 55: A Journal of the MCC Tour, Joseph, 1955
  • E. W. Swanton and C. B. Fry, Test Matches of 1954/55 Victory in Australia, The Daily Telegraph, 1955
  • E. W. Swanton (ed), Barclay's World of Cricket, Willow, 1986
  • Roy Webber, The Australians in England, A Record of the 21 Australian Cricket Tours of England 1878-1953, Hodder & Stoughton, 1953
  • Crawford White, England Keep the Ashes: The Record of the England and M. C. C. Tour of Australia, 1954-55, News Chronicle, 1955
  • Bob Willis and Patrick Murphy, Starting With Grace: A Pictorial Celebration of Cricket, 1864-1986, Stanley Paul, 1986
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1956, "MCC in Australia and New Zealand, 1954-55"

References

  • E. W. Swanton, Swanton in Australia with MCC 1946-1975, Fontana/Collins, 1975
  • Frank Tyson, In the Eye of the Typhoon: The Inside Story of the MCC Tour of Australia and New Zealand 1954/55, Parrs Wood Press, 2004
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