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THE ENGLISH TEAM FOR THE COLONIES. PROPOSAL TO a'nEVV ZEALAND PLAYER. By the Australian mail which arrived yesterday Mr Arthur Fisherrthe well-known Carisbrook player, received the following letter:— 6 Melbourne Cricket Ciub, ~, . „. , Mth September, 18y7. Mr A. Fisher. Dear sir, —The members of the Australian tloven lately in New Zealand have spoken very highly of your bowling against them, and, from what I have hoard, I believe New Zealand would like to be represented in a test match against tne English Eleven. There woult be a very great probability of .this taking place if yon could get away for a trip to these colonies. We would pay your expenses up to Sydney, etc, if you can be there in time to play in a match on the'6th and 9th.November, and then come on to Melbourne and nave a go here prior to the first test match on the 14th December. I have no idea as to whether you would like to stay here, but no doubt if you did we should be able to make some arrangement for you to stay. At any rate, you would have a pleasant holiday, I hope. I could not possibly say now that you would hi a certainty for the Australian side. I can only say that a good bowler would hsve a very good chance, indeed, and would be prefened to a first-class batsman only. Mr Sheridan, Sydney, would look after you on arrival in Sydney, and do his best to make you comfortable. If possible, and you decide to come, I think you should get to Sydney ten or fourteen days prior to the 6th November.— lam, etc., - B. J. Wakdill, Secretary. We feel quite sure that we are echoing t'he sentiments of nine-tenths of the playing cricketera of Otago, and of the majority of them in the colony, when we expresß the hope that Mr Fisher will be able to so shape his business arrangements aa to allow him to . accept Major Wardill'B Offer. It is an open secret that Trott and several members of his team, Phillips (the umpire),; and other acknowledged first rank critics cf the game were much impressed with Fisher's performances on Carisbrook and Lancaster Park last year, and are hopeful that he will avail himself of this opportunity of testing his'mettle against the best men of Australia and Stoddart's team. Should Fisher make up his mind to go over, it goes almost without saying that additional interest will be imparted to the test matches against the Englishmen from the fact of a New Zoalander being probably pitted against them for the first time.

A special meeliug of the Privateers Cricket CI lib was held yesterday evening, when the new draft rules prepared by the Committee were submitted and approved. Mr C.'E. Haughtoa, the president, said that on his visit to Melbourne to see the test matches he would get a couple of the best bats procurable and hand them over to the Committee as prizes, one for the best average in batting during the season and the other for the best average in bowliDg.

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CRICKET., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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CRICKET. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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