Fifth Test match

Australia v England 1911-12

Though England had won the rubber there was no lack of interest in the last of the Test matches. Monday and Thursday being blank through rain, the match went into the seventh day, England winning in the end by 70 runs. Owing to his repeated failures, Bardsley was left out of the Australian eleven, Macartney being at last given a chance. It must be admitted that the Australians had the worst of the luck. Left with 363 to get in the last innings, they had, at the close of Wednesday's play, scored 193 for three wickets, so that they had quite a reasonable chance of winning. Drenching rain on Thursday, however, damaged the wicket to a great extent and upset all calculations. Play did not begin on Friday until just after one o"clock. The batsmen did their best, but the task was too heavy for them. Armstrong was out at 209, Ransford was bowled at 220, and at 231 Minnett fell to a wonderful catch by Woolley at second slip. After that, the result was only a question of time. Finishing the tour in fine form, Foster took four wickets for 43 runs. Woolley, Gunn, and Hobbs shared the batting honours for England. Woolley's 133 not out - a beautiful innings - included a dozen 4s.

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