Miller century clinched Victory Test win

Just thirteen days after the end of World War II in Europe, a combined Australian Services XI began an unofficial series called the ‘Victory Tests’ against a near test-strength English national side. The first three-day game began at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 19 May 1945. The Australian side comprised personnel from the Army and RAAF serving in England, under the captaincy of Army Warrant Officer Lindsay Hassett––the only member with previous test experience. Air Force members of the team included Squadron Leader Stan Sismey, Flight Lieutenant Ross Stanford, and Flying Officers Keith Miller and Graham Williams. The 105 runs notched up by Miller, the team’s vice-captain, on the second day provided the foundation for a first innings Australian score of 455, and set up a six-wicket Australian victory in the opening game. The five-match series resulted in two wins each and one draw, a remarkable outcome in the circumstances.

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