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*Archibald Campbell MacLaren, Lancs, Eng (1890-1914) Rare sepia signed photograph - Legendary England Captain, 424 runs in an innings in 1895 Lancs v Somerset

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Archibald Campbell MacLaren. Lancashire & England 1890-1914

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Archibald Campbell MacLaren. Lancashire & England 1890-1914 an excellent Original sepia photograph of Archibald MacLaren
This item is rare and in good condition

MacLaren was invited by the Melbourne Cricket Club to bring a team to Australia during the English winter of 1901–02. This was the last privately organised team to represent England at Test level in Australia, with subsequent ones playing under the colours of the MCC. Many leading players were unavailable—Yorkshire's Wilfred Rhodes and George Hirst were not permitted to tour by their captain Lord Hawke.[78] The team was judged to be weak, but contained several players at the beginning of their careers who went on to success at Test level. Sydney Barnes was chosen by MacLaren after playing only a handful of county matches. Barnes' success on his single appearance for Lancashire in 1901 convinced MacLaren of his worth, to the surprise and disparagement of commentators, most of whom had never seen him.[79] Barnes began the tour well,[80] but did not get on with his captain. During a storm on part of the sea journey, MacLaren, speculating on their chances of survival, commented to a team member: "If we go down, at least that bugger Barnes will go down with us."[81] The team lost their first match and continued to struggle. MacLaren clashed with authorities in Melbourne over his right to choose an umpire, but he began to bat well at Sydney, where he scored 145 and 73 in a tour match
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