team toured Australia
between November 1920 and March 1921. The tour was organised by the Marylebone Cricket Club
and matches outside the Tests were played under the MCC name. The tour itinerary consisted of 13 first-class
matches, including a series of 5 Test matches
in which The Ashes
were at stake.
The tour was the first to have Test status after the First World War
. It followed tours by the Australian Imperial Forces cricket team
which played a number first-class
matches in England, South Africa and Australia immediately after the war. The last Ashes series had been the 1912 Triangular Tournament
held in England that year.
Although the tourists were relatively successful in their first-class matches against the Australian state teams, losing only one, the Test series "resulted, as everyone knows, in disaster"Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
1922 and England became the first team ever to lose every match in a five-Test series.Wisden
commented that the chief cause of England's failure was the bowling, because all of the bowlers used were expensive and recorded high averages. Much has been made of Australia's ability to recover from the effects of the war more quickly than England and Wisden
commented that "English cricket had not had time to regain its pre-war standard".
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