The 1888-89 South African cricket season saw the first two first-class cricket matches played in South Africa. However, the season saw the first tour by an England team that was accorded first-class status. The two games against representative South African sides were later designated as Test matches, thereby making them the first two Tests South Africa played. England won both of them easily.
England consisted of seven county-standard players and five of good club standard. Harry Altham compared them to a weak English county side.
South Africa squad (01-Mar-1889)Owen Dunell (Captain), Dicky Richards, Gobo Ashley, Nicolaas Theunissen, Gus Kempis, Charlie Finlason, Fred Smith (Wicket Keeper), Robert Stewart, William Milton, Arthur Ochse, Bernard Tancred, Philip Hutchinson, Albert Rose-Innes, Charles Vintcent
England squad (01-Mar-1889)Sir Aubrey Smith (Captain), Henry Wood (Wicket Keeper), Maurice Read, Emile McMaster, Frank Hearne, Basil Grieve, Arnold Fothergill, The Hon. Charles Coventry, Johnny Briggs, Monty Bowden, Bobby Abel, George Ulyett
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