Third Test Match

England v Australia 1901-02

Played at Adelaide, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, January 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23.- It was in this match- a protracted struggle that lasted into the sixth day- that Barnes's knee gave way. He broke down on the second afternoon and, as events turned out, took no further part in the tour. It is not unreasonable to assume that if he had kept sound, the Englishmen would have gained a second victory in the Test games. As it was, the Australians, though set to get 315 in the last innings on a pitch somewhat worn at one end, won by four wickets. As at Sydney in the first Test match, MacLaren and Hayward gave their side a splendid start, scoring 149 before they were separated. Something in the nature of a collapse followed, but Quaife and Braund batted very finely, and on the second day the innings ended for 388. Braund in his 103 not out, hit a 5 and twelve 4's. After losing Darling for a single, the Australians showed brilliant form, and at the drawing of stumps on Saturday their score was up to 165 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand. Thanks to some admirable bowling by John Gunn the innings was finished off on Monday for 321, or 67 runs behind. As at Melbourne, Hill just missed his hundred after playing superb cricket. The Englishmen then scored 38 for the loss of MacLaren's wicket and left off for the day in a splendid position, being 165 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand.. Tuesday" play was brought to an abrupt conclusion by a dust storm, the English score being then 204 with five wickets down. Barnes could not bat, and on the fifth morning the innings soon ended, Trumble bowling in great form. Quaife took two hours and three-quarters to get his 44. The Australians wanted 315to win and at the close of the day, they were well within sight of victory, having scored 201 for four wickets. Hill again got into the nineties and again played in his finest form. Blythe being handicapped by a damaged finger, the English bowling on the last morning was very weak, but nevertheless the batsmen found it hard work to get runs on the slightly worn pitch. Darling took three and a half to score his 69, he and Trumble making the result a certainty before they were separated. It was a fine victory gained by most tenacious cricket.

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