Australian cricket team in England in 1902

The Australian cricket team toured England during the 1902 English cricket season.[1] The five-Test series between the two countries has been fondly remembered; in 1967 the cricket writer A. A. Thomson described the series as “a rubber more exciting than any in history except the Australia v West Indies series in 1960–61“.[2] Australia had won the previous three Test rubbers between the two countries, and now won their fourth successive series, by two matches to one with two draws. In the process they “beat the records of all their predecessors in the country” by losing only two of 39 matches during the tour, their defeats being against England in the Fifth Test and in the first of their two fixtures against Yorkshire.[3] The remaining 37 matches gave 23 wins for Australia and 14 draws.

Cricket series
Australian cricket team in England in 1902
Part of 1902 English cricket season
Date 5 May 1902 – 17 September 1902
Location United Kingdom
Result Australia won the 5-Test series 2–1
 Australia  England
Joe Darling Archie MacLaren
Most runs
C. Hill (258)
V.T. Trumper (247)
F.S. Jackson (311)
J.T. Tyldesley (245)
A.C. MacLaren (198)
Most wickets
H. Trumble (26)
J.V. Saunders (18)
M.A. Noble (14)
W. Rhodes (22)
W.H. Lockwood (17)
Joe Darling, the Australian captain

Following the tour, three of the Australians — Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Jim Kelly — were named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1903, with their captain Joe Darling already having been bestowed that honour in 1900. The Australians’ leading batsman, Victor Trumper, made more first class runs than anyone in the season, and of batsman with more than 1,000 runs only Arthur Shrewsbury scored his at a higher average.[4] His 2,570 runs was a new record for any Australian in England. Harry Altham wrote: “From start to finish of the season, on every sort of wicket, against every sort of bowling, Trumper entranced the eye, inspired his side, demoralized his enemies, and made run-getting appear the easiest thing in the world.”[5]

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Australia had won their three previous Test series against England and thus were the holders of the Ashes. The most recent series had been played in Australia only a few months earlier, and the home side had won it by the wide margin of four matches to one. However five leading English players – George Hirst, Wilfred Rhodes, K.S. Ranjitsinjhi, Stanley Jackson and C.B. Fry – had been unavailable.[6]

Name Playing style State team Tests played
Joe Darling (c) LHB South Australia 5
Jim Kelly (wk) RHB New South Wales 5
Sammy Carter (wk) RHB New South Wales 0
Warwick Armstrong RHB, LB or RFM Victoria 5
Reggie Duff RHB, RM New South Wales 5
Syd Gregory RHB, RA New South Wales 5
Albert Hopkins RHB, RFM New South Wales 5
William Howell LHB, RM New South Wales 1
Clem Hill LHB, LB South Australia 5
Ernie Jones RHB, RF South Australia 2
Monty Noble RHB, OB New South Wales 5
Jack Saunders LHB, SLA or LM Victoria 4
Hugh Trumble RHB, OB Victoria 3
Victor Trumper RHB New South Wales 5

Key: RHB: right-handed batsman; LHB: left-handed batsman; RA: right-arm bowler.

The manager was Major Ben Wardill, while the team’s “medical advisor” was Dr. Rowley Pope.

Australia’s 1902 touring team

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