Winners: England

The Prudential Trophy, 1972

Geoffrey Wheeler

When the Test matches were over England and Australia played a series of three one-day games for a trophy named after the sponsors, the Prudential Assurance Company. Of the £30,000 paid for sponsorship £4,000 was allocated for prize money and most of the remainder distributed through the Test and County Cricket Board.

The three matches were played over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Manchester, Lord's and Birmingham. They drew a total attendance of 55,000 and receipts were approximately £46,000. The games were played over 55 overs a side under Gillette Cup rules in sunless but dry weather with the overall result in the balance until the very end of the game at Edgbaston, which England won by two wickets.

Of the prize money £2,600 was won by England. In addition to two £1,000 cheques for winning matches England took two £200 Man of the Match awards and Amiss received £200 as the England Man of the Series. Stackpole was Australia's Man of the Series and Greg Chappell won the Man of the Match award at Lord's.

Brian Close led England because Illingworth, the original choice, had to withdraw through an ankle injury. Fifteen players formed the England party, but three did not play- G. R. J. Roope ( Surrey), D. L. Underwood ( Kent) and C. M. Old ( Yorkshire).

Of the Australian party, B. C. Francis, H. B. Taber, J. W. Gleeson and R. J. Inverarity took no part in the series.

Match reports for

Tour Match: Duke of Norfolk's XI v Australians at Arundel, Apr 22, 1972
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Tour Match: Worcestershire v Australians at Worcester, Apr 29-May 1, 1972
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Tour Match: Lancashire v Australians at Manchester, May 3-5, 1972
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Tour Match: Yorkshire v Australians at Bradford, May 7-9, 1972
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Tour Match: Yorkshire v Australians at Bradford, May 8, 1972
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Tour Match: Yorkshire v Australians at Bradford, May 9, 1972
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Tour Match: Nottinghamshire v Australians at Nottingham, May 10-12, 1972
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Tour Match: Surrey v Australians at The Oval, May 13-16, 1972
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Tour Match: Hampshire v Australians at Southampton, May 17-19, 1972
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Tour Match: Marylebone Cricket Club v Australians at Lord's, May 20-23, 1972
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Tour Match: Gloucestershire v Australians at Bristol, May 24-26, 1972
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Tour Match: Glamorgan v Australians at Swansea, May 27-29, 1972
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Tour Match: Derbyshire v Australians at Chesterfield, May 31-Jun 2, 1972
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Tour Match: Warwickshire v Australians at Birmingham, Jun 3-6, 1972
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1st Test: England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 8-13, 1972
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Tour Match: Oxford and Cambridge Universities v Australians at Oxford, Jun 14-16, 1972
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Tour Match: Essex v Australians at Ilford, Jun 17-20, 1972
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2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22-26, 1972
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Tour Match: Somerset v Australians at Bath, Jul 1-3, 1972
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Tour Match: Leicestershire v Australians at Leicester, Jul 5-7, 1972
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Tour Match: Middlesex v Australians at Lord's, Jul 8-11, 1972
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3rd Test: England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 13-18, 1972
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Tour Match: Minor Counties v Australians at Stoke-on-Trent, Jul 19-20, 1972
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Tour Match: Sussex v Australians at Hove, Jul 22-25, 1972
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Tour Match: Sussex v Australians at Hove, Jul 23, 1972
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4th Test: England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 27-29, 1972
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Tour Match: Scotland v Australians at Perth, Aug 2-3, 1972
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Tour Match: Northamptonshire v Australians at Northampton, Aug 5-8, 1972
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5th Test: England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 10-16, 1972
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Tour Match: Kent v Australians at Canterbury, Aug 19-22, 1972
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1st ODI: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24, 1972
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2nd ODI: England v Australia at Lord's, Aug 26, 1972
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3rd ODI: England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 28, 1972
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Tour Match: Lancashire v Australians at Manchester, Aug 30-31, 1972
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Tour Match: TN Pearce's XI v Australians at Scarborough, Sep 2-4, 1972
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