Almanac Teams: Bushrangers

Bushranger is a generic term describing those who took to the bush in colonial Australia and sought to make a living from crime.  These can be traced back to the early convict bolters like ‘Black Caesar’. Over time bushranging expanded past the boundaries of New South Wales (NSW) due to the transportation of convicts into Van Diemen’s Land, with those escapees who subsequently absconded. Thereafter we saw bushrangers such as Michael Howe, John Whitehead, also Matthew Brady, leading various gangs of escaped convicts to participate in criminal activities through the countryside.


Back on the mainland there was the original Wild Colonial Boy whose name was Jack/John Doolan, Donohue, Donahoe, depending on which version of the tune you know. There were other bushrangers like Edward Davis, ‘The Jewboy’, who led a gang of bushrangers around swathes of the NSW countryside for a period in the late 1830’s. We can’t forget William Westwood, AKA, Jacky Jacky, who later took to the roads of Van Diemen’s Land prior to meeting his fate on Norfolk Island, as well there were others whose exploits weren’t as well recorded.


Down in Van Diemen’s land there was also the gang led by Martin Cash, including outlaws such as Lawrence Kavenagh. Cash was apparently related to the Australian tennis player Pat Cash, whose father, of the same name, played footy for Hawthorn. Other bushrangers in Van Diemen’s Land included Daniel Priest, Thomas Jeffries, also the murderous Rocky Whelan.


The discovery of gold provided a change in the nature, and character, of bushranging, as Australia moved beyond being primarily a penal station into a land where new riches could be discovered.  There was still the presence of the ‘old lags’, convicts who chose a life of crime on the roads of the new land. These included individuals such as Frank McCallum, AKA Captain Melville, one of Judge Redmond Barry’s earlier convictions in the Colony of Victoria.  But bushranging was changing, the convicts were being replaced by a new cohort of outlaws. Over time a new generation of Wild Colonial Boys arose, these being young, native born to whom the land was their home, and the ability ride a horse was as ‘normal’ as blowing your nose.


There were still those born outside the colonies like the Canadian born Gilbert brothers, John and Charlie. Both were involved in the Eugowra rock robbery in 1862 led by the Scottish born Frank Gardiner. From this famous episode of outlawry, we saw the establishment of the renowned gang led by Ben Hall, that over time included chaps such as John Vane, John Dunn, John O’Meally, Mickey Burke, and James Mount.


There were the Clarke brothers Thomas and John, who roamed the southern highlands of New south Wales, obtaining a reputation for blood-thirstiness. The individual with the nom de plume of ‘Blue Cap’ was another bushranger from that time.


We had Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan, a man possibly suffering from a serious psychiatric disorder, and/or like many others a victim of the barbaric penal institutions, whose activities in the Riverina caused great anguish for the squattocracy, and the police. Morgan crossed the border into Victoria; within a week he was dead.


Then there were more gentlemanly bushrangers like Fred Ward, AKA Captain Thunderbolt, with his indigenous girlfriend Mary Ann Bugg, also Ned Kelly’s mentor Harry Power, who ended up a tour guide on the hulk Success, where he’d once been incarcerated.


Of course, there was the Kelly Outbreak, when Ned, brother Dan, and erstwhile companions Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, captured the imagination of Australia, an interest that exists up until this day. As game as Ned Kelly, do we ever hear that term nowadays for bravery?


During the time of the Kelly Outbreak we also had the crazed character of Andrew Scott, AKA Captain Moonlite, a former preacher with a criminal bent combined with an interest in younger men, who he formed into a short-lived gang of bushrangers. Apparently, he sent a message to Ned Kelly about wanting to link up. The reply was basically, ‘if you appear near us, we’ll shoot you’. He never met with Ned Kelly, and co. His last meeting was with the hangman from Darlinghurst gaol.


We had lesser known characters like the self-titled ‘last of the Bushrangers’ Jack Bradshaw, George Palmer, James Alpin McPherson, Joseph Johns, AKA Moondyne Joe.


There’s been a bit of literary licence taken in selecting my team of bushrangers. I couldn’t find a pair of Kelly brothers, though there are Clarke brothers. The surname of the Wild Colonial Boy had a variety of spellings, including Donohue, so I chose that one. I’m sure there are names that should be in this side, but Almanackers can work that out for themselves.


B:  Doug Priest, (SM); Gerald Burke, (Carl); Daniel Bradshaw, (Bris/Syd).

HB: Alwyn Johns, (Geel); Craig Kelly, (Coll); Barry Davis, (Ess/NM).

C: Firth McCallum, (Geel); Marcus Whelan, (Coll); John Byrne, (NM).

HF: Darren Morgan, (Geel); Royce Hart, (Rich); John Brady, (NM).

F:  Barry Hall, (St K/Syd/WB); Larry Donohue, (Geel); Paul Kelly, (Syd).

Foll: Michael Gardiner, (WC/St K); Luke Power, (Bris/GWS); Callan Ward, (WB/GWS).


Inter, from: Matt Vane, (St K), Andrew Scott, (Haw) Pat Cash Snr, (Haw) Xavier Clarke (StK), Raphael Clarke, (St K), Stephen Mount, (Richmond), Lyndon Dunn, (Melb/Coll), Rod McPherson, (Foot/Bris).


Coach:  Who better as coach than Bobby Davis, the last fellow to coach Geelong to a flag in the 20th century. Like Edward Davis he can lead a gang of Bushrangers. As a kid I was always told that Bobby was my father’s 3rd cousin, or something similar. Bobby like my father is long gone, and I never met Bobby, so I don’t know the basis of that tale. Bobby Davis, unlike Edward Davis the bushranger, was of the RC faith, not the Jewish kind.


A big thanks to the wonderful Anonymous who’s rekindled my interest in these novelty teams. Maybe it’s time to put a few more teams on the cards. Remember, ‘the future is unwritten’.







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  1. Kevin Densley says

    Enjoyed this, Glen – nicely put together. Coincidentally, I posted a poem about “Captain Melville” yesterday on The Footy Almanac website. I have a particular interest in his life due mainly to his connection with Geelong.

  2. This is so cool, Glen!!
    Love it!

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Enjoyed this. Nice little history lesson to boot!

  4. As the Victorian Sheffield Shield team were known for a number of years as the Victorian Bushrangers, up until a few years ago, I have come up with my best Victorian 11 cricket team.

    The criteria was that they were great players for Victoria and it was only a bonus if they were great players for Australia.

    Here is my best Victorian 11 Sheffield Shield Cricket Team:

    1. Bill Lawry
    2. Bill Woodfull
    3. Bill Ponsford
    4. Neil Harvey
    5. Dean Jones
    6. Brad Hodge
    7. Keith Miller
    8. Richie Robinson
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Merv Hughes
    11. Peter Siddle

    Let’s hope that Will Pucovski ends up having a great first class career with Victoria (if not Australia) and can one day push for inclusion to be selected in the best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time. Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.

    There will be a match between The Best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time and the best Test Cricketers with German Origins, (beste Test Cricketspieler Deutscher Herkunft) which Glen covered nearly a year ago on January 23, 2020 and can be seen in the Footy Almanac Novelty Teams.

    Entertainment will be provided by the1983 hit song “99 Luftballons” (Neunundnuenzig Luftballons, 99 balloons”) by the German band Nena. Hopefully this will not be an omen for someone getting out for 99, although 99 is still a good score, but of course, a century is better.

    Let’s hope for a good match and it will probably be Vics for Victory.

  5. Vielen Dank Herr Anonymous.

    The music will have a special resonance for Shane Warne, with Deutsch maternal links, and of course a highest test score of 99.

    Hmm, who else managed test 99’s in this team? I recall the late Dean Jones making a 99 against New Zealand @ the WACA. ( Something Dean Jones, and Shane Warne both achieved)

    Please jog my memory. Did i not include Shane Warne in beste Test Cricketspieler Deutscher Herkunft?



  6. Anonymous, I notice you left out Ned Kelly, one of the greatest bushrangers of all time – shame.

  7. Ok Fisho, Ned Kelly has been named as an emergency if anyone in the best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time is feelng CROOK.

    Ned Kelly has also been named as an X Factor or substitute if this Victorian cricket team plays a Twenty 20 game and more ammunition or firepower is needed for the team.

    He may also be needed as a substitute batsman to wield the willow like an axe.

    Ned Kelly could also be used as a substitute bowler to bowl over the opposition, instead of bowling a maiden over.

  8. Glen, yes you did mention Shane Warne in your Test cricketers with German origins. You said his mother Brigette was born in Deutschland and Shane Warne had toyed with German citizenship to avoid restrictions on overseas players on the English county circuit.

    You were right about Shane Warne and the late Dean Jones making Test 99s for Australia.

    Here are 2 teams of Australian Test players making 99:

    This is the 1st team of Australian Test cricketers who scored 99: (Australische Test-Cricketspieler, die 99 fur Australian gemacht haben)

    1. Mathew Hayden (v India 2003)
    2. Michael Slater (v N.Z. 1993)
    3. Justin Langer (v W.I. 2005)
    4. Mark Waugh (v Eng 1983)
    5. Dean Jones (v N.Z. 1989)
    6. Ricky Ponting (v Sth Afr. 2008)
    7. Ian Chappell (v India 1969)
    8. Kim Hughes (v Eng 1979)
    9. Keith Miller (v Eng 1951)
    10. Shane Warne (v NZ 2001)
    11. Mitchell Starc (v India 2014)

    This is the 2nd Australian Test Cricket Team who scored 99:

    1. Arthur Morris (v Sth Afr. 1953)
    2. Bill Brown (v India 1948)
    3. Bob Cowper (v Eng. 1945)
    4. Colin McDonakd (v Sth Afr. 1957)
    5. Simon Katich (v India 2004 & v W.I. 2009)
    6. Ross Edwards (v Eng. 1975)
    7. Shaun Marsh (v W.I. 2014)
    8. Charles Macartney (v Eng. 1912)
    9. Arthur Chipperfield (v Eng. 1934)
    10. Clam Hill (v Eng 1902)
    11. Greg Blewett (v W.I. 1997 & v N.Z. 1997)

    I didn’t care about the batting order because of the lack of bowlers and no wicket keeper who have made 99 in a Test match for Australia.

    These two teams of Test 99s will play a match against each other and let’s hope that no one gets out for 99 and makes a century instead.

    Once again, Nena’s hit song 99 Luftballons will provide the entertainment.

    A special guest appearance will be made by Agent 99 from Get Smart.

  9. Wundebar Anonymous.

    You have two players whose highest test score is(was) 99, another two fellows who both made 99 twice, with another poor chap out for 99 on debut. There were three run outs among this team.

    I reckon Bob Cowper’s 99 was in 1965, the same season he manged his highest test score of 307.

    Hmmmm, 99’s in a tally? The Don made a 299 not out. Matthew Elliot had a test highest of 199. A test 99no?



  10. Glen, I have done further research.

    As you mentioned, Mathew Eliott was out for 199 against England in the Headingly Test match in 1997.

    You also mentionrd Sir Donald Bradman making 299 not out against South Africa in the Adelaide Test match in 1932.

    Steve Waugh was dismissed for 199 against the West Indies in the Barbados Test match in 1999.

    Steve Waugh made a Test 99 not out against England in Perth in 1995.

    Steve Smith was out for 199 against the West Indies in the Test match at Sabina Park in 2015.

  11. For the record, you were right Glen. Bob Cowper’s Test 99 was on 30th December 1965, the same season he made he made his highest Test score of 307 in February 1966.

    I must apologise for my typing errors. I meant to type 1965 against England nstead of 1945 against England in brackets for Bob Cowper’s Test innings when he was out for 99.

    I also meant to type Colin McDonald, not Colin McDonakd for his Test 99. I also meant to type Clem Hill, instead of Clam Hill for his Test 99.

  12. Vielen Dank Herr Anonymous.

    The two Steve Waugh knocks were floating around somewhere in my old mind. I’m glad you found them.

    Re Steve Smith i actually have no recollection of his 199. As i’d just passed my 50 then, the old mind was (is) slowing down.

    Arthur Chipperfield was the poor chap making 99 on debut. He went to lunch on day two 99 no, but went third ball after the interval. He’s one of three test players making 99 on debut.

    With the typos and names, kein problem.



  13. Following the selection of Will Pucovski and David Warner for the 3rd Test which started today, I have decided to select my best Australian Test players for 2 Test teams.

    The first Australian Test team is:

    1. David Warner
    2. Mathew Hayden
    3. Sir Donald Bradman
    4. Steve Smith
    5.Ricky Ponting
    6. Allan Border
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Keith Miller
    9.Shane Warne
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Glen McGrath
    12th man Neil Harvey

    The 2nd Australian Test team is:

    1. Bill Lawry
    2. Justin Langer
    3. Steve Waugh
    4.Greg Chappell
    5. Michael Clarke
    6. Mike Hussey
    7. Rod Marsh
    8. Richie Benaud
    9. Pat Cummins
    10.Mitchell Starc
    11. Josh Hazelwood
    12th man Bill Ponsford

    These 2 teams will play an exhibition Test match against each other in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) at Manuka Oval on Australia Day.

    Entertainment will be provided by the songs “Come On Aussie Come On”, by the Mojo Singers, “I am, You are, We are Australian”, by the Seekers and The Australian National Anthem.

    I decided to include all 3 of Cummins, Starc and Hazelwood together in the 2nd Australian Test team because they all know each and play well together. Nathan Lyon wasn’t included in the 2nd Test team because his Test bowling average wasn’t as good as Richie Benaud’s and Benaud was a better batsman.

    I put Keith Miller at number 8 in the 1st Australian Test team because of the strength of the batting ahead of him and he was a great all rounder and if he doesn’t get wickets, you can be sure that McGrath, Lillee and Warne bowling the opposition out for a low enough score.

  14. Further to the selection of Will Pucovski, who has a non Anglo Saxon surname, I have come up with 2 Australian Test Teams of Players with non Anglo-Saxon surnames.

    In brackets is the origin of the surname, not necessarily where the players were born or where their ancestors came from.

    Here is the 1st Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames:

    1. Kepler Wessels (Dutch)
    2. Usman Khawaja (South Asian)
    3. Marnus Labuschagne (French/South African)
    4. Justin Langer (German)
    5. Darren Lehmann (German/Swiss)
    6. Adam Voges (German)
    7. Richie Benaud (French)
    8. Tim Zoehrer (Austrian)
    9. Andy Bichel (German)
    10. Michael Kasprowicz (Polish)
    11. Ben Hilfenhaus (German)

    Here is the 2nd Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames:

    1. Will Pucovski (Slovakian)
    2. Julien Wiener (Yiddish/German)
    3. Phil Jacques (French)
    4. Mike Veletta (Italian)
    5. Moses Henriques (Portuguese)
    6. Jack Nitschke (German)
    7. Ken Mueleman (Dutch)
    8. Graham Manou (Nigerian)
    9. Jason Krezja (Czechua)
    10. Nathan Hauritz (German)
    11. David Renneberg (German)

    Jack Nitschke played 2 Tests for Australia in 1931.

    Ken Mueleman played 1 Test for Australia in 1946.

    David Renneberg played 8 Tests for Australia from 1966 to 1968.

    Moses Henriques will be the 2nd paceman for the 2nd Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames, due to their lack of pace bowling depth.

    These 2 Non Anglo-Saxon Australian Test Teams will play a match against each other in Canberra. The 1st named Test team will win easily because they are much better on paper.

    Entertainment will be provided by the National Multicultural Festival from Canberra’s City Centre.

  15. G’day Anonymous, you’ve left out names like O’Reilly, O’Keefe. These are Celtic names not Anglo-Saxon.
    Quite a few Celtic names in the rank of Australian cricketers.

    I’m pretty sure I did a team of players from behind the ‘Iron-Curtin’ a few years back. It’d be floating around in the Almanac ether.



  16. Yes, in hindsight I probably should have written surnames where the surname originated from a country where English isn’t the number one language.

    I had thought of those surnames not realising they were Celtic names not Anglo-Saxon.

    After further research, O’Keefe is the anglicised version of the Irish name O’Caoimh and O’Reilly is the anglicised version of the Gaelic name O’Raghailligh.

    Therefore Bill O’Reilly can come into the 1st team and Richie Benaud will be demoted to 12th man for team balance.

    Steve O’Keefe can come into the 2nd team, and Jason Krezja will be dropped.

    Norm O ‘Neill can replace Mike Valetta at number 4 in the 2nd team and Mike Valetta will be demoted to 12th man.

    Glen, you did do “A side from behind The Iron Curtain” back in February 2020, but that was an AFL/VFL team only, not an Australian Test cricket team.

    Also, I have elected the AFL/VFL team which I wrote on Anzac Day last year in your Spielin ist der Anuf article, to combat your AFL/ VFL team of Bushrangers, which was named in this article itself.

    This was the Anzac Day team:

    B: Glen Archer (N Melb), Josh Battle (St K), Josh Hunt (Geel)
    HB: Mark Hunter (Foots), Ken Hunter (Carl), Taylor Hunt (Gee/Rich)
    C: James Harmes (Melb), James Worpel (Haw), David Marshall (Adel)
    HF: Wayne Harmes (Carl), Jayden Post (Rich), Karmichael Hunt (GC)
    F: Charlie Constable (Geel), Rex Hunt (Ri/Gee/St K), Lachie Hunter (WB)
    R: Rowan Marshall (StK), Patrick Dangerfield (Adel/Gee), Ron Reiffel (Rich)
    Int from: David Armitage (St K), Jayden Hunt (Melb), Fred Waugh (Sth M 1897, 1900), Norman Waugh ( Ess 1897-1898)

    John “Bomber” Hendrie was the sub if more ammunition was needed and Mark “Bomber” Thompson was the coach.

    Jayden Post was included for “The Last Post”.

    The match between The Bushrangers and The Anzac Day team is a game to die for and one where the teams will be fired up, with all guns blazing.

    The equivalent Anzac Day team for an Australian Test cricket team would be:

    1. Sid Barnes (barns)
    2. Stuart Law
    3. Steve Waugh (war)
    4.Mark Waugh (war)
    5. Craig Serjeant (sergeant)
    6. Ken Archer
    7. Tim Paine (pain)
    8. Ron Archer
    9. Paul Reiffel (rifle)
    10. Ashley Mallett (mallet)
    11. Bert Ironmonger

    Barnes was included only because of a rural connection as the Bushrangers hid in the bush.

    Law was included for enforcement of the law.

    Ironmonger was included for the tools or iron an ironmonger manufacturers that could be used as a weapon against the Bushrangers.

    Paine was included to inflict pain on the Bushrangers, if he hadn’t already inflicted pain on the Victorian Bushrangers in Sheffield Shield cricket.

  17. Will Pucovski was on the cusp of Test selection 2 years ago before mental health issues and concussions took over and you couldn’t help wondering if he was out of luck.

    Luckily, he was finally selected for the current Third Test against India.

    That got me thinking of a team of players who were unlucky not to play a Test for Australia and a Test Team of players who were lucky to be play Test cricket for Australia. For the lucky Australian Test cricketers, it was either during World Series Cricket, where the Australian World Series cricketers would have taken their place in the Test team or these players were lucky to have been around at the right time on a particular tour or just fortunate circumstances with no better replacement at the time.

    The unlucky cricketers who did not play Test cricket for Australia were unlucky because they had very good first class records but the Australian Test team at the time was very strong that there was no place for them in the Australian Test 11.

    I have focused on the period from World Series Cricket onwards and for all the players to have been retired from first class cricket.

    Here is the unlucky team of Australian first class cricketers who did not play Test cricket:

    1. Jamie Cox
    2. Dense Hills
    3. Michael Divenuto
    4. Jamie Siddons
    5. Michael Klinger
    6. David Hussey
    7. Chris Hartley/Darren Berry
    8. Ashley Nofke
    9. Dirk Tazelaar
    10. Joe Dawes
    11. David Horne
    12th man: Jimmy Maher

    Here is the Australian team of lucky Test cricketers:

    1. Wayne N Phillips (Victoria)
    2. Julien Wiener
    3. Dav Whatmore
    4. Jeff Moss
    5. David Ogilvie
    6. Trevor Laughlin
    7. Graham Manou
    8. Greg Campbell
    9. Sam Gannon
    10. Ian Callen
    11. Jim Higgs
    12th man: Phil Carlson

    These 2 teams will play a match against each other and let’s hope that the luck goes with the unlucky team of cricketers who did not play a Test for Australia. The unlucky team probably won’t need any luck and will win easily because they are much younger and may well have been a better team anyway if all the players from both teams were at their peak.

  18. Guten Tag Anonymous. There are a few players named as 12th man for the test side but not actually played. I couldn’t pick a side but there’s been at least a handful. Off the top of my head:

    S Trimble, Qld.

    G Davies, NSW.

    S Graf, Vic.

    D Christian, SA.

    I’ve got a recollection the Victorian fast bowlers Boland & Tremain have carried the drinks without getting a test.

    With the lucky cricketers. J Moss had a damn fine season, and has a test average of 50 +. Sure he was 30+, and he played during the Packer schism, but he batted well in 1978-79.

    Re the unlucky ones David Hourn was shaded by Jim Higgs, then Bob Holland. Like them he could bowl well, though like Holland an SCG specialist. His batting, bowling were another issue.

    Jamie Siddons toured Pakistan in late 1988, played an ODI, got crook, then was passed over.

    I always felt Geoff Attenborough was unlucky in the late 1970’s. His left armers may have been useful.


    Jim Higgs could not wield a willow to save himself, but bowled well at times. He picked up a 7 for during a test in India.

    Ian Callen bowled well at times for Victoria, and in his sole test in Adelaide V India you couldn’t fault his effort in our win.

    David Ogilvie made a test ton in Guyana, helping us win the 3r test of the 1977-78 series. His final test innings was a 90+

  19. Glen, I also couldn’t pick a side either for those players who didn’t play a Test but were 12th man.

    Instead I decided to select half a team of players that were 12th man for Australia many times.

    That half a side is:

    1. Sam Trimble
    2. Michael Neser
    3. Andy Bichel (record 19 times as 12th man)
    4. Brett Lee
    5. Tim May

    While researching my 12th man team, I stumbled upon an article by Michael Maguire of from November 2016 of “The First 11: All-time worst Australian cricket selections”.

    He has included one day as well as Test selections:

    This is his Team of Australian selections we”ll never understand:

    1. Wayne N Phillips (Victoria)
    Some strong form early in the 1991-92 domestic season put him on the radar for India’s visit. He was picked ahead of an out of form Geoff Marsh for the 5th Test in Perth. After eking out 22 runs at a strike rate of 27.16, Phillips was promptly banished.

    2. Wally Edwards
    He played 3 Tests in the 1974-75 Ashes series as Ian Redoath’s opening partner, scoring, 4,5,30,0,29 and 0 before he was dropped for Rick McCosker. He also played in one ODI, in which he scored 2 runs.

    3. Robbie Kerr
    A capable bat at state level for Qld, he was picked for 4 ODIs in Feb and Mar 1985. He made an unbeaten 87 against England and 3 single figure scores, He was recalled later in 1985 for the Test series against New Zealand, making 27 runs at an average of 7.75 in his 4 innings at the top of the order.

    4. Glenn Maxwell
    Took 4 wickets at a cost of 128 runs at 4.88 per over in a massive defeat against in his Test debut in India in 2013. Despite previous scores of 13,8 and 10, he was chosen to open the 2nd innings ahead of Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes and Shane Watson in the 4th Test. A year later he was picked to bat in the top 4 against Pakistan in the UAE.

    5. Glenn Trimble
    A middle order batsman and part time bowler, Trimble was chosen to replace the injured David Gilbert for 2 oDI matches in Jan 1986, despite a remarkably mediocre record in domestic cricket. His debut comprised of a dropped catch, four overs for a return of 9/32 and an unbeaten 9 off 3 balls. His second and final appearance was scoring a 4 off Hadley off his first ball, then dismissed the very next ball.

    6. Shaun Young
    A hard working all rounder who played well for Tasmania during the 1990s, Young was the beneficiary of a squad cris in Australia’s tour of England in 1997 with Bichel, Gillespie and Julian all injured and Reiffel, himself a late replacement, going home for the birth of his child. Young was left as the last resort for the sixth Ashes Test. He scored 4 runs and took no wickets.

    7. Roger Woolley
    He filled in for the unavailable Rod Marsh on a short tour of Sri Lanka in 1983, during which he played in one Test and four ODIs. He was then chosen for the 1984 tour of the West Indies and got his chance in the 4th Test when injuries forced the Aussies to use Wayne B Phillips as an opener, but Woolley’s batting and glove work were both found to be sorely lacking.

    8. Mick Lewis
    His consistent performances for Victoria earned him a spot in Australia’s limited over squads. His 4 wickets at 12.24 in 2 matches in T20s was fine but it was Lewis who conced 113 runs off 10 overs in a ODI in March 2006 as South Africa South Africa chased down 434 to complete the greatest run chase in ODI cricket history. He was not called upon again.

    9. Shaun Tait
    Although very fast the decision to play both Tait and Brett Lee, without the injured Glenn McGrath in an Ashes Test against England in England proved disastrous as England won by 3 wickets. Tait played 2 more Tests for Australia, but an inability to cope with the game’s physical and mental demands caused him to quit first class cricket in 2008 at the age of 25.

    10. Bryce McGain
    He played his 1st Test in 2009 as Australia’s oldest Test debutant since Bob Holland in 1984, and he was carted for 0/149 by AB De Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince. South Africa won that Test easily and McGain made a duck.

    11. Michael Beer
    Plucked from obscurity on the basis of a decent outing in a Tour game one time, Beer was thrown into the fifth Ashes at Sydney in 2011as the lead spinner. He went for 1/112 as England scored 644 to win by an innings and seal the series. He was picked again at Port of Spain in 2012, but was thoroughly outshone by Nathan Lyon and never played again.

    12th men
    Scott Muller
    Gavin Robertson
    Clint McKay
    Ashton Agar
    Greg Dyer
    Rob Quiney

  20. Vielen dank anonymous. I remember all of those test careers.

    The number 4 is unlucky. He made a test century last time we were in India but has nary played a test since.

    Ashton Agar may deliver down the track.

    Who are the only father-son combination to play for Australia, though neither played a test?


  21. I have research this topic of Vater-Sohn-Kombinationen (father and son combinations) to play for Australia, though neither played a Test.

    I could not find any such combination but I stand to be corrected from any cricket stats guru.

    Instead, I decided to come up with a team of father and son combinations, where either all of them played Test cricket for Australia (Geoff Marsh and his sons Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh), one of them played Test cricket and the other didn’t or one of them played one day cricket for Australia and the other did not play for Australia at all, but was just 12th man for Australia in Test cricket (Glen Trimble and his father Sam Trimble)

    Here is the Australian father and son cricket team:

    1. Geoff Marsh (50 Tests and 117 ODIs for Australia)
    2. Greg Blewett (46 Tests and 32 ODIs for Australia)
    3. Sam Trimble (no Tests for Australia, just 12th man, 144 first class matches for Qld)
    4. Shaun Marsh (38 Tests and 73 ODIs for Australia)
    5, Ben McDermott (no Tests, no ODIs, 12 T20s for Australia so far)
    6, Mitchell Marsh (32 Tests, 60 ODIs and 15 T20s for Australia so far)
    7. Trevor Laughlin (3 Tests and 6 ODIs for Australia)
    8. Bob Blewett (no Tests, 25 first class matches for South Australia)
    9. Glenn Trimble (no Tests, 2 ODIs for Australia)
    10. Craig McDermott (71 Tests and 138 ODIs for Australia)
    11. Ben Laughlin (no Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s for Australia)

  22. Richtig Anonymous.

    Here’s a curve ball, a ‘different’ themed test team. Allow me to elaborate.

    I got my first tattoos back in 1982, a collection that has steadily climbed over the decades. I don’t remember any first class cricketers having tattoos then. As it was very few footballers had tattoos then, players like Waren ‘wow” Jones, & Robert Mcghie were standouts. Nowadays tattoos are ‘dime a dozen’, the stigma is long gone, but Caveat Emptor: they still don’t wash off. Anyhow here’s a test team of tattooed players. Some names are missing, others may raise eyebrows. Let’s see how we go; maybe a team of tattooed Aussies is our next funny team.

    A Hales (UK)

    C Gayle (WI)

    KL Rahul (Ind)

    V Kohli (Ind) Captain

    B McCullum (NZ)

    B Stokes (UK)

    M Wade (Aust) Wicket keeper

    M Johnson (Aust)

    D Steyn (SA)

    Imad Wasim (Pak)

    L Malinga (SL)

    12th K Pieterson (UK)


  23. Herr anonymous,here’s a team of tattooed players over the years.

    I’d have to do some researching about players from the 70’s with tattoos. Even the decade I had my first tattoos the 80’s it wasn’t overly common.


  24. Good cricket and football teams Glen of tatooed players.

    With the current shoulder injury to Will Pucovski, who unfortunately is likely to miss the 4th Test against India, not forgetting his previous problems with concussion and mental health issues, I have come up with an Australian Test team of injury plagued players and suspended players.

    Here is the Australian Test team of injury plagued and suspended players: (Hier ist das australiche Testteam von verletzten und gesperrten Spielern):

    1. David Warner
    2. Mathew Elliott
    3. Callum Ferguson
    4. Steve Smith
    5. Will Pucovski
    6. Kurtis Patterson
    7. Tim Paine
    8. Shane Warne
    9. Pat Cummins
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Terry Alderman
    12th man: Bruce Reid

  25. Hey Anonymous, how about a cricket team of players well over six feet tall – could be interesting.

  26. PS, here’s another one to test your research skills. How about a team of players who play with false teeth..

  27. As today is Australia Day, The Australian Tennis Open is usually on now but has been delayed until February 8th.

    Therefore, in my own personal Australian Day honours, I have decided to honour all the Australian Men and Australian Women Grand Slam Singles Champions. The only exception was Todd Woodbridge, who won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles, but no Grand Slam singles titles. He was included just to make up the numbers in the Australian Men Grand Slam singles team.

    In brackets, is the number of Grand Slam singles titles won by that player and the year is the 1st year that player won a Grand Slam singles title.

    This has all been done in chronological order. Therefore, the players’ positions on the field are irrelevant.

    Here is the Australian Men Grand Slam Singles Champion Team:

    B. Norman Brookes (3) 1907, Gerald Patterson (3) 1927, John Crawford (6) 1931
    HB: Frank Sedgman (5) 1949, Ken Rosewall (8) 1953, Lew Hoad (4) 1956
    C: Ashley Cooper (4) 1957, Neale Fraser (3) 1959, Rod Laver (11) 1960
    HF: Roy Emerson (12) 1961, Fred Stolle (2) 1965, Tony Roche (1) 1966
    F: John Newcombe (7) 1967, Mark Edmondson (1) 1976, Pat Cash (1) 1987
    R: Pat Rafter (2) 1997, Lleyton Hewitt (2) 2001, Todd Woodbridge (16 doubles GS titles)

    Here is the Australian Women Grand Slam Singles Champion Team:

    B: Margaret Mutch (2) 1922, Sylvia Lance (1) 1924, Daphne Akhurst (5) 1925
    HB: Edna Boyd (1) 1927, Coral McIness (2) 1931, Joan Hartigan (3) 1933
    C: Nancy Wynne (6) 1937, Emily Hood (1) 1939, Thelma Coyne (2) 1952
    HF: Beryl Penrose (1) 1955, Mary Carter (2), 1956, Margaret Smith (Court) (24) 1960
    F: Lesley Turner (2) 1963, Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) (7) 1971, Kerry Melville 1 (1977)
    R: Christine O’Neil (1) 1978, Samantha Stosur (1) 2011, Ashleigh Barty (1) 2019

    Both these teams will play pretend tennis exhibition matches against each other when all the players were at their peak in “The Battle of the Sexes”.

    These pretend tennis exhibition matches will be played today, Australia Day, at Melbourne Park and the male player has to play with their opposite hand when playing against his female opponent.

    Entertainment will be provided by The Australian National Anthem and the songs “I Am, You Are, We Are Australian” and “I Sttill Call Australia Home” and the films “Match Point” and “Borg Vs. McEnroe”. You Cannot Be Serious!

    Highlights of John Newcombe’s 1975 Australian Open win over Jimmy Connors will be shown on the big screen. Bewdy Newk!

  28. Guten Tag anonymous.

    Kerry Melville was better known in my time as Kerry Reid. She played doubles with Wendy Turnbull who reached a final(s) but never won a singles crown.

    Newcastle’s Christine O’Neill won the summer of 1978-79. In the mens’ singles John Marks won through to that final but was no match for the ‘Bull of the Pampas” Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas.

    Eddo’s victory back in 1976 followed Newk’s victory over Jimmy Connors 12 months earlier.

    I wrote a piece in the Alamanac back in early 2019 re the Australia V West Indies test played in Adelaide, that went across this date back in 1969.

    Correct me if I’m wrong Anonymous but this January 26 is also Indian Independence day?


  29. Indischer Unabhangigkeitstag (Indian Independence Day) is actually celebrated annually on 15 August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.

    Yes, I should have put Reid in brackets next to Melville for Kerry Reid, or leave out Melville altogether, as she was called Kerry Reid when she won the Australian Open at the time. Today, she is actually known as Kerrie Melville Reid.

    By the way, as you can see, I had put Court and Cawley in brackets for Margaret Smith and Evonne Goolagong respectively. Margaret of course is better known now as Margaret Court and not Margaret Smith, whereas Evonne is probably better known as Evonne Goolagong more than Evonne Cawley. Actually, she is now known as Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Of couse, both Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Grand Slam singles titles with both their maiden surnames and surnames at marriage.

  30. As today is Valentine’s Day, I have come with a VFL/AFL team of players whose surnames represent Valentine’s Day itself.

    I know we’re now in a 5 day Lockdown in Melbourne currently and Valentine’s Day is very commercialised, but this is
    The Valentine’s Day (Valentinstag) team:

    B: Kevin Rose (Coll), Ben Hart (Adel), George Valentine (Rich/Foots, 32 games 1924-28)
    HB: Brett Lovett (Melb), Ray Groom (Melb), Nathan Lovett-Murray (Essendon)
    C: Robert Flower (Melb). Bob Rose (Coll), Jon Lilley (St Kilda, 49 games 1967-71)
    HF: Ray Card (Geelong), Royce Hart (Rich), Tom Flower (Melbourne)
    F: Jason Love (Sydney), Shane Loveless (Foots), Andrew Lovett (Essendon)
    R: Bill Rose (Collingwood), Andy Lovell (Melb), Vin Valentine (Carl, 116 games 1911-18)
    Int: Ralph Rose (Coll), Robert Rose Jr, (Coll/Foots)
    Captain Coach: Bob Rose

    This team will play a match against the Most Disliked team (or Collingwood for non Collingwood fans) by Philip D, which can be found in the Novelty Teams of the Footy Almanac, on June 5, 2018.

    Ray Card was included for a Valentine’s Day Card and a card contains a heart.

    John Lilley was included as lily is a type of flower.

    Ray Groom was included as weddings can occur on Valentine’s Day.

    Royce Hart and Ben Hart were included as Hart sounds like heart.

    Shane Loveless was included as the team needed a genuine full forward.

    Hopefully, the fans will love this game.

    Jackson Hately (GWS/Adel) should now be added to the Most Disliked team.

    There will be no love lost between these two teams.

    Entertainment for the match will be provided by the film “Love Actually” (2003) and the songs “Love Hurts” (1976) by Nazareth,
    “Love Is In The Air”(1977) and “I Hate The Music” (1976), both songs by John Paul Young.

  31. Perhaps West Indies slow bowler ALF VALENTINE could be the team’s mascot.

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