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2nd Test Match
Test no.1
Teams Flag of Australia Australia v Flag of England England
Test number 2
Date 31-4 March/April 1877
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Toss Australia won the toss and batted
Result England won by 4 wickets
Man of the Match
Umpires S Cosstick and RB Terry
Last Test Test No.1
Next Test Test No.3

Two weeks and three up-country matches after the first Test, the sides returned to the MCG for a game played for the benefit of the tourists.

Australia were the pre-match favourites after their win in the earlier game and the return of Fred Spofforth which greatly boosted their bowling attack. Billy Murdoch, whose absence as wicketkeeper in the first match led to Spofforth's withdrawal, played as a batsman, although he took over the gloves on the last day of the game when Jack Blackham had sunstroke.

Australia batted but found Allen Hill, who took the first four wickets, too much for them, and from 96 for 4 they slid to 122 all out. England's start was hardly better, but from 4 for 2 they were indebted to their Yorkshire contingent for boosting them to 261. George Ulyett made 52, Greenwood and Hill 49, and Tom Emmett 48, with Yorkshire's batsmen making 86% of England's runs in the game.

Nat Thompson and Dave Gregory put on 88 for the first wicket when Australia batted again, but again the innings rather lost its way and they were dismissed for 259, leaving England a modest target of 120. James Southerton and James Lillywhite shared eight wickets.

It seemed as if history was about to repeat itself as England lost early wickets to find themselves at 9 for 3, but again Ulyett dug deep, and despite another mini collapse to leave them 76 for 5, by the time he was eventually dismissed for 63, the game was almost won.

As was often the case at the time, there were accusations that the outcome had been fixed, the suggestions coming from the large number of gamblers who had lost money on the first Test.

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Australia 1st innings

Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Extras (b ; lb)
Total ( wickets; overs)

Fall of wickets:

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Flag of England

England 1st innings

Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Extras (b ; lb)
Total ( wickets; overs)

Fall of wickets:

Flag of Australia Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Flag of Australia

Australia 2nd innings

Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Extras (b ; lb)
Total ( wickets; overs)

Fall of wickets:

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Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Flag of England

England 2nd innings

Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Extras (b ; lb)
Total ( wickets; overs)

Fall of wickets:

Flag of Australia Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ

Match details

  • Balls per over 4
  • Series 2-match eries drawn 1-1
  • Test debuts TJD Kelly, WL Murdoch and FR Spofforth (Australia)

Close of play Sat, 31 Mar - day 1 - England 1st innings 7/2 (A Greenwood 4*, HRJ Charlwood 2*) Sun, 1 Apr - rest day Mon, 2 Apr - day 2 - England 1st innings 261 Tue, 3 Apr - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 207/7 (FR Spofforth 3*, TK Kendall 4*) Wed, 4 Apr - day 4 - England 2nd innings 122/6 (52.1 ov) - end of match

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