Third Test match

Australia v England 1903-04

Played at Adelaide, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday January 15, 16, 18, 19, 20. Australia won by 216 runs.

In the Third Test match, the Australians found some consolation for their defeats at Sydney and Melbourne. Holding a strong advantage all the way through they won by 216 runs, and there can be no question that they showed much better cricket than the Englishmen at every point. They opened the game by scoring 365 for six wickets on the first day, Trumper batting very finely for over three hours. The innings ended abruptly next morning for 388 - by no means an excessive total on an Adelaide wicket in fine weather. The Englishmen hoped to equal it, but they never mastered the bowling, and at the drawing of stumps there were eight wickets down for 199. Tyldesley fell to a wonderful catch by the wicket-keeper on the leg side. The innings ended for 245, and the Australians going in with a lead of 143 runs had the match well in hand.

Gregory batted far better than on any other occasion against the Englishmen, hitting brilliantly for two hours and ten minutes, and when play ceased the score stood at 253 for four wickets. Thanks to Bosanquet's fine bowling the innings was finished off for 351, and then England went in to get 495. This was an overwhelming task, but Warner and Hayward made a great start and nearly played out time. At last, however, Hayward was lbw, and Arnold did next to nothing, the score at the close being 150 for two wickets. Warner and Tyldesley were promptly got rid of next morning, Tyldesley being out to a marvellous catch at short square leg, and after that there was no hope, Hirst's efforts only delaying an inevitable end.

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