Australian cricket team in England in 1956
Date7 June 1956 – 28 August 1956
LocationEngland
ResultEngland won the 5-Test series 2–1
Teams
 England  Australia
Captains
PBH May IWG Johnson
Most runs
PBH May (453)
PE Richardson (364)
JW Burke (271)
CC McDonald (243)
Most wickets
JC Laker (46)
GAR Lock (15)
KR Miller (21)
RG Archer (18)

The Australian cricket team toured England in the 1956 season to play a five-match Test series against England for The Ashes.

England won the series 2-1 with 2 matches drawn and therefore retained The Ashes.

The series is most notable for off-spinner Jim Laker's 46 wickets (a record for a 5-Test series) at an average of 9.60,[1] including all ten wickets in the second innings of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, the first time this had been achieved in Test cricket. In that Test, known as Laker's Match, Laker took 19 wickets for 90 runs, still the best match bowling analysis achieved in both Test and all first-class cricket. The cartoonist Roy Ullyett summed up the summer with the picture of a dazed kangaroo in Australian strip and the ditty: Here lie the Ashes of '56, skittled by Laker for next to nix. Never forgotten, sorry you thought our wicket rotten, signed "Love from the groundstaff".[2] The second line refers to the Australian complaints that the grass had been shaved off the Old Trafford wicket to help the England spinners.[3] Earlier in the summer, Laker had also taken ten wickets in an innings against the Australians in a tour match, playing for Surrey.[4]

Test series

1st Test

7–12 June 1956
scorecard
v
217/8 (dec) (103.4 overs)
PE Richardson 81
PBH May 73

KR Miller 4/69
148 (83.1 overs)
RN Harvey 64
JC Laker 4/58
188/3 (dec) (61 overs)
MC Cowdrey 81
PE Richardson 73

KR Miller 2/58
120/3 (86 overs)
JW Burke 58
JC Laker 2/29
Match drawn
Trent Bridge
Umpires: TS Bartley (ENG) and JS Buller (ENG)

2nd Test

21–26 June 1956
scorecard
v
285 (146.1 overs)
CC McDonald 78
JW Burke 65

JC Laker 3/47
171 (82 overs)
PBH May 63
KR Miller 5/72
257 (92.5 overs)
R Benaud 97
FS Trueman 5/90
186 (99.2 overs)
PBH May 53
KR Miller 5/80
RG Archer 4/71
 Australia won by 185 runs
Lord's Cricket Ground
Umpires: DE Davies (ENG) and FS Lee (ENG)

3rd Test

12–17 July 1956
scorecard
v
325 (167.4 overs)
PBH May 101
C Washbrook 98

RR Lindwall 3/67
RG Archer 3/68
R Benaud 3/89
143 (71.1 overs)
JW Burke 41
KR Miller 41

JC Laker 5/58
GAR Lock 4/41
140 (follow-on) (99.3 overs)
RN Harvey 69
JC Laker 6/55
GAR Lock 3/40
 England won by an innings and 42 runs
Headingley
Umpires: JS Buller (ENG) and DE Davies (ENG)

4th Test

26–31 July 1956
scorecard
v
459 (158.3 overs)
DS Sheppard 113
PE Richardson 104
MC Cowdrey 80

IW Johnson 4/151
84 (40.4 overs)
CC McDonald 32
JC Laker 9/37
205 (follow-on) (150.2 overs)
CC McDonald 89
JC Laker 10/53
 England won by an innings and 170 runs
Old Trafford
Umpires: DE Davies (ENG) and FS Lee (ENG)

5th Test

23–28 August 1956
scorecard
v
247 (109.2 overs)
DCS Compton 94
PBH May 83

RG Archer 5/53
KR Miller 4/91
202 (92 overs)
KR Miller 61
JC Laker 4/80
182/3 (dec) (61 overs)
DS Sheppard 62
RR Lindwall 1/29
27/5 (38.1 overs)
IWG Johnson 10
JC Laker 3/8
Match drawn
The Oval
Umpires: TJ Bartley (ENG) and DE Davies (ENG)

References

  1. ^ Test Bowling Figures for England, 1956 Ashes
  2. ^ Peter Arnold, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Cricket, p75, W.H. Smith, 1986
  3. ^ E.W. Swanton (ed), The Barclays World of Cricket, p296, Collins, 1986
  4. ^ "The IPL's can of worms". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 May 2022.

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