V.T. Trumper

135*

V.T. Trumper 135* v EnglandBack to boards

The second Test of the five-match series in 1899 between England and Australia was the only one to yield a result, with Victor Trumper’s unbeaten 135 contributing to a crushing victory by ten wickets, achieved on the third afternoon at the Home of Cricket.

England made 206 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat first. In Australia’s reply, the tourists were in relative trouble at 189 for 4 but a stand of 82 between Trumper and Clem Hill, who himself made 135, ensured a lead was built.

Trumper marshalled the rest of the innings to see his side bowled out for 421, a first-innings lead of 215 over their hosts. England could only stumble to 240 in their second innings and Australia reached their target without losing a wicket to seal a ten-wicket success.

After a draw at Trent Bridge in the opening match of series, Australia took a 1-0 lead at Lord’s but neither side could force a win in the next three matches, and the victory at the Home of Cricket was enough to win the series.