Australia v England
Marylebone Cricket Club in Australia and New Zealand 1958/59 (2nd Test)
VenueMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on 31st December 1958, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th January 1959 (6-day match)
Balls per over8
TossEngland won the toss and decided to bat
ResultAustralia won by 8 wickets
UmpiresMJ McInnes, RJJ Wright
Close of play day 1England (1) 173/4 (May 89*, Cowdrey 28*)
Close of play day 2Australia (1) 96/1 (McDonald 32*, Harvey 60*)
Close of play day 3Australia (1) 282/6 (Mackay 14*, Davidson 12*)
Close of play day 4Australia (2) 9/1 (Burke 2*, Grout 2*)

England first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
PE Richardsonc Grout b Davidson3811-- 
TE Baileyc Benaud b Meckiff481141516- 
W Watsonb Davidson042-- 
TW Graveneylbw b Davidson011-- 
*PBH Mayb Meckiff11329831511- 
MC Cowdreyc Grout b Davidson442082005- 
+TG Evansc Davidson b Meckiff48111- 
GAR Lockst Grout b Benaud52936-- 
JC Lakernot out228586-- 
JB Stathamb Davidson1334451- 
PJ Loaderb Davidson1311-- 
Extras(1 b, 2 lb, 3 w)6
Total(all out, 98.5 overs)259
Fall of wickets:
1-7 (Richardson), 2-7 (Watson), 3-7 (Graveney), 4-92 (Bailey), 5-210 (May), 6-218 (Evans), 7-218 (Cowdrey), 8-233 (Lock), 9-253 (Statham), 10-259 (Loader, 98.5 ov)
Australia bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Meckiff24   4693--
Mackay9   2160--
Benaud29   7611--
Kline11   2430--

Australia first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CC McDonaldc Graveney b Statham47169248-- 
JW Burkeb Statham32027-- 
RN Harveyb Loader16732537016- 
NCL O'Neillc Evans b Statham371091422- 
KD Mackayc Evans b Statham1860881- 
RB Simpsonlbw b Loader0714-- 
*R Benaudlbw b Statham056-- 
AK Davidsonb Statham2464742- 
+ATW Groutc May b Loader826471- 
I Meckiffb Statham022-- 
LF Klinenot out11525-- 
Extras(3 lb)3
Total(all out, 100.2 overs)308
Fall of wickets:
1-11 (Burke), 2-137 (McDonald), 3-255 (O'Neill), 4-257 (Harvey), 5-261 (Simpson), 6-262 (Benaud), 7-295 (Mackay), 8-300 (Davidson), 9-300 (Meckiff), 10-308 (Grout, 100.2 ov)
England bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Statham28   6577--
Bailey16   0500--
Laker12   1470--
Lock17   2540--

England second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
PE Richardsonc Harvey b Meckiff2118-- 
TE Baileyc Burke b Meckiff1434561- 
W Watsonb Davidson72123-- 
TW Graveneyc Davidson b Meckiff378-- 
*PBH Mayc Davidson b Meckiff1768981- 
MC Cowdreyc Grout b Meckiff1212192- 
+TG Evansrun out112726-- 
GAR Lockc and b Davidson638431- 
JC Lakerc Harvey b Davidson31018-- 
JB Stathamnot out81925-- 
PJ Loaderb Meckiff0512-- 
Extras(1 b, 1 lb, 2 nb)4
Total(all out, 31.2 overs)87
Fall of wickets:
1-3 (Richardson), 2-14 (Watson), 3-21 (Graveney), 4-27 (Bailey), 5-44 (Cowdrey), 6-57 (Evans), 7-71 (May), 8-75 (Lock), 9-80 (Laker), 10-87 (Loader, 31.2 ov)
Australia bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Davidson15   2413--
Benaud1   040--

Australia second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CC McDonaldlbw b Statham51312-- 
JW Burkenot out1855761- 
+ATW Groutst Evans b Laker124438-- 
RN Harveynot out72522-- 
NCL O'Neilldid not bat      
KD Mackaydid not bat      
RB Simpsondid not bat      
*R Benauddid not bat      
AK Davidsondid not bat      
I Meckiffdid not bat      
LF Klinedid not bat      
Total(2 wickets, 17.1 overs)42
Fall of wickets:
1-6 (McDonald), 2-26 (Grout)
England bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Statham5   1111--
Loader5   1130--
Laker4   171--

--> The match was scheduled for six days but completed in five.
--> PBH May (1) passed 3500 runs in Test matches when he reached 38
--> MC Cowdrey (1) passed 15000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 14
--> RN Harvey (1) passed 4500 runs in Test matches when he reached 110
--> I Meckiff reached 100 wickets in first-class matches when he dismissed TG Evans, his 3rd wicket in the England first innings
--> AK Davidson reached 50 wickets in Test matches when he dismissed MC Cowdrey, his 4th wicket in the England first innings
--> AK Davidson reached 400 wickets in first-class matches when he dismissed JB Statham, his 5th wicket in the England first innings
--> I Meckiff achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Test matches when he dismissed PJ Loader in the England second innings (previous best was 5-125)





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