Australia v England 1887-88

Played at SYDNEY, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, February 10, 11, 13, 14, 15. In this match the two English teams joined their forces and put a combined eleven into the field against Australia. The colonial side, which included seven of the players who afterwards went to England, was very strong, but George Giffen's absence prevented it from being quite representative. Horan and Bruce, too, would have been better than some who were playing. The match was played on a ground much damaged by rain, and the Englishmen, having the upper hand throughout, won handsomely by 126 runs. Towards this brilliant and gratifying result the splendid bowling of Peel and Lohmann mainly contributed, the two men taking eighteen wickets between them. Shrewsbury's fine play in the first innings and Maurice Read's hitting in the second also demand recognition. Not since the visit of George Parr's team in 1863-64 had English cricket been so represented on an Australian ground.

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