English cricket team in Australia in 1907–08

The English cricket team in Australia in 1907–08 lost the Test series, and with it the Ashes, 4–1. They were handicapped by Arthur Jones, their captain, having to miss the first three Tests through illness. Frederick Fane led the side during Jones' absence.

George Gunn, in Australia for the good of his health, was called into the touring party to bolster the batting and was a great success, scoring two hundreds including one on his Test debut, and scoring 462 runs at an average of 51.33. Nevertheless, England's batting was fragile throughout the series, with only Kenneth Hutchings scoring a hundred in addition to Gunn. Jack Hobbs made his England debut in the second Test, the only one which England won, scoring 83 and 28, and he had the next best average to Gunn. The bowling relied on Jack Crawford, Arthur Fielder and Sydney Barnes, who took 79 wickets between them.

Australia's batting was much superior to England's, with eight players averaging over 30 to England's three. Warwick Armstrong topped their batting averages, with 410 runs at 45.55. Jack Saunders took 31 wickets at 23.09, and five other bowlers contributed usefully, with between 10 and 14 wickets at an average of between 25 and 31.

England lost the first Test by only two wickets, and ought to have won the third. In the latter match, Clem Hill—coming in at number 9 in Australia's second innings because of an attack of influenza—made 160. He added 243 for the eighth wicket with "Roger" Hartigan (116), their partnership turning the match.

The tour was organised by the Marylebone Cricket Club and matches outside the Tests were played under the MCC name.

Test series summaryEdit

Match length: Timeless. Balls per over: 6. Series result: Australia won 4–1.

First TestEdit

13–19 December 1907
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
273 (76.5 overs)
G Gunn 119
A Cotter 6/101 (21.5 overs)
300 (91.2 overs)
C Hill 87
A Fielder 6/82 (30.2 overs)
300 (109 overs)
G Gunn 74
JV Saunders 74
275/8 (98.3 overs)
H Carter 61
A Fielder 3/88 (27.3 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: RM Crockett and W Hannah

Second TestEdit

1–7 January 1908
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
266 (100.5 overs)
MA Noble 61
JN Crawford 5/79 (29 overs)
382 (135.2 overs)
KL Hutchings 126
A Cotter 5/142 (33 overs)
397 (121.4 overs)
WW Armstrong 77
SF Barnes 5/72 (27.4 overs)
282/9 (121.4 overs)
FL Fane 50
WW Armstrong 3/53 (30.4 overs)
England won by 1 wicket
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: P Argall and RM Crockett
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 5 January was taken as a rest day
  • JB Hobbs and J Humphries (both ENG) made their Test debuts.

Third TestEdit

10–16 January 1908
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
285 (94.5 overs)
CG Macartney 75
A Fielder 4/80 (27.5 overs)
363 (132 overs)
G Gunn 65
JDA O’Connor 3/110 (40 overs)
506 (167.5 overs)
C Hill 160
SF Barnes 3/83 (42 overs)
183 (63.4 overs)
J Hardstaff 72
JDA O’Connor 5/40 (21 overs)
Australia won by 245 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: RM Crockett and J Laing
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 12 January was taken as a rest day
  • MJ Hartigan and JDA O’Connor (both AUS) made their Test debuts.

Fourth TestEdit

7–11 February 1908
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
214 (85.5 overs)
VS Ransford 51
JN Crawford 5/48 (23.5 overs)
105 (34.2 overs)
JB Hobbs 57
JV Saunders 5/28 (15.2 overs)
385 (124 overs)
WW Armstrong 133*
A Fielder 4/91 (31 overs)
186 (68.1 overs)
G Gunn 43
JV Saunders 4/76 (26 overs)
Australia won by 308 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: P Argall and RM Crockett
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 9 February was taken as a rest day

Fifth TestEdit

21–27 February 1908
(Timeless Test)
Scorecard
v
137 (50.4 overs)
SE Gregory 44
SF Barnes 7/60 (22.4 overs)
281 (96.1 overs)
G Gunn 122*
CG Macartney 3/44 (15.1 overs)
422 (127.4 overs)
VT Trumper 166
JN Crawford 5/141 (36 overs)
229 (105.1 overs)
W Rhodes 69
JV Saunders 5/82 (35.1 overs)
Australia won by 49 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: W Hannah and AC Jones
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • 23 February was taken as a rest day

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