The Australian Eleven: A nine-day wonder
The 1878 tour was a spectacular success for the Australians. On 27 May, the colonial team beat a strong Marylebone Cricket Club team on their home ground at Lord's. In a match which lasted only five hours, the Australians won by nine wickets.
Punch magazine was inspired to write that:
The Australians came down like a wolf on the fold,
The Marylebone Cracks for a trifle were bowled;
Our Grace before dinner was very soon done,
Our Grace after dinner did not get a run.
'Our Grace' referred to England's legendary batsman, WG Grace, who on this occasion was out for four and a duck.
Right: The 1878 Australian team.
Courtesy: Battye Library.
Right: This photograph shows legendary English batsman WG Grace at the crease in the 1880s. National Museum of Australia.
Right: When the 1878 Australian team arrived in Sydney, after almost eight months away, an enormous flotilla and 20,000 people turned out to welcome them home. Courtesy: La Trobe Picture Collection.