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Some extraordinary comments on play m the first Test match appear English press. In its report of the- first day's play of .the first Test match, which England eventually won easily, the Sporting Life" came out with a to heading, of which the two principal lines were: "England's Collapse" and '-Was it iunk? An unanswerable reply to the query was given by the English' plajeri on the day the paper appeared/ ;'*; /.- The first recorded occasion Upon which an umpire, was invested with a white garment was in a match between the United All England Eleven and Sixteen Free Foresters, in 1861, "Armitstead complaining that he could not see Atkinhand against the body of the umpire." The long white robe was not donned by Australian umpires until November, 1887, in the match at Melbourne between Victoria and Mr. G. F. Vernon's English team. The Melbourne•'Punch'' ; published a most amusing caricature of the two officials (back view) with the accompanying letterpress: ?'oh, dear,,no. These are not the famous Christy. -JfraT strel brothers, by any means. cricket umpires in their new English uniforms. This is the sort of thingto revive cricket. (So near the. sth of .N**" vember, too)." Nowadays, Australian ; umpires,, unlike their English brethren, : wear short white jackets, extending pflljj a few inches below the waist. The Australian cricketers. have, put is the last week in Scotland, playing7'*l Edinburgh and Glasgow. The-foiiltlf test match commences at Mancheßter oa Monday next. -7.-. Frank Iredale (says an Australian paper) throws some ligbt on toe disabilities the Australian Eleven labours.under. On many days it was almost impossible to see in the streets up; to II in the morning; factories and shops were illuminated by gas and electricityi all day, and the air was filled with smoke dust and soot. The against Yorkshire commenced in eojdi' gloomy weather, with the haze so thick that the stumps were only occasionally visible from the press-box, and during the frequent adjournments the Austral* ians huddled and crouched over the7fir« in tbe dressing-room! 9 And they callus sport! ■; :■-'■ .

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CRICKET., Auckland Star, Volume XXXVI, Issue 174, 22 July 1905

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CRICKET. Auckland Star, Volume XXXVI, Issue 174, 22 July 1905