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Cricketers

Pakistan bowler, suspended for throwing 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
New Zealand No. 11: dismissed for 0 after 101 minutes and 77 balls v. South Africa, at Auckland in 1999 (c. Pollock b. Kallis) – broke Godfrey Evans's record for the longest time at the crease in a Test match without scoring Click to show or hide the answer
First English bowler to take 400 Test wickets (2015), and the first to take 500 (2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Last to score 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets in a season Click to show or hide the answer
Nottinghamshire fast–medium bowler: took 5 wickets on his ODI debut, against Bangladesh in October 2016 – the first Englishman to do so Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Twins who played for Surrey in the 1950s Click to show or hide the answer
Warwickshire and England batsman: nicknamed Sherman, because of a perceived resemblance to the character played by Chris Owen in the American Pie film franchise Click to show or hide the answer
Second to score 10,000 runs in Tests; captained the Rest of the World v. England in the Bicentenary Test, 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Inventor of the googly – father of ITN newsreader Reginald Click to show or hide the answer
Second player to take 100 wickets and 100 catches, and score 1,000 runs, in Tests Click to show or hide the answer
First to represent England while playing for three different counties
First Australian cricketer to be knighted Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 309 runs in a single day, in 1930, in the Third Test of his first series in England (at Headingley – he was out for 334, then a Test Match record)
Needing only 4 runs from his last Test inings to retire with a Test average of 100, was out second ball for a duck, and finished with an average of 99.94. (Australia won by an innings, so he didn't get a second chance.)
Named by Wisden in 2005 as No. 1 in its list of Cricketers of the (20th) Century; described there as "without any question, the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all ball games"
Faced Ben Stokes's final over, in the 2016 World Twenty20 final – with 19 needed off it to win; scored four sixes off the first four balls, to win the tournament for the West Indies Click to show or hide the answer
Took a hat–trick for Zimbabwe in a one–day international against England, 1996–7 Click to show or hide the answer
Conceded six sixes in an over to India's Yuvraj Singh, in the 2007 World Twenty20 tournament Click to show or hide the answer
Took a Test hat–trick against India in 2011
Took 8–15 in 9.3 overs, with 5 maidens, at Trent Bridge, in the 4th test of the 2015 Ashes series, as Australia were bowled out for 60 in 18.3 overs by 12:39 on the first day; the first wicket (with the third ball of the match) was his 300th in Test cricket
Took 5 wickets for 1 run against South Africa in January 2016, when his eventual 6–17 set up a victory that clinched the series for England
Took Brian Lara's wicket when he scored a record 375; took 4 wickets in an over v. West Indies, 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Bowled underarm in a one–day international, 1981, to prevent New Zealand scoring the six they needed off the last ball Click to show or hide the answer
England's youngest Test player (18 years 149 days, 1949); recalled to the side in 1976 (aged 45), after a gap of almost 9 years, to face extremely hostile West Indian bowling in three Tests; played 22 Tests, 7 as captain (won 6, drew 1); died 2015 aged 84 Click to show or hide the answer
Broke Alec Stewart's record for the most appearances for England in one–day internationals, in 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Most runs in a season (3,816 in 1947) Click to show or hide the answer
Took a hat trick against West Indies in 1995 – the first for England since Peter Loader in 1957 – in his debut series Click to show or hide the answer
English cricketer: the first to play 100 Tests (for any country) – 114 for England, 1954–75; scored 104 against Australia in his 100th (1968); initials MCC Click to show or hide the answer
Father and son who captained England (Mickey Stewart was never captain) Click to show or hide the answer
Born 1931 in Cape Town; played for 'coloured' sides in South Africa, but emigrated to England in 1962 with the support of John Arlott (and others); joined Worcestershire in 1964, and became a British citizen; made his Test debut in 1966, and was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year for 1967; initially omitted from the party to tour South Africa in 1968–9, ostensibly because of concerns that his bowling would be ineffective there, but selected as a replacement after Tom Cartwright withdrew because of injury; South African Prime Minister B. J. Vorster claimed that the selection was politically motivated, and the MCC cancelled the tour. Eventually played 41 Tests and 4 ODIs (last in 1972); died in 2011 aged 80 Click to show or hide the answer
Prime minister who played first–class cricket (10 matches, 1924–7, for Oxford University, Middlesex, and 3 for MCC against Argentina, on a tour of South America in 1927) Click to show or hide the answer
Captain of the England women's team, 2005–16 – including the 2009 world cup win Click to show or hide the answer
England wicket keeper, the first (from any country) to achieve 20 Test dismissals; described by Wisden as "arguably the best wicket–keeper the game has ever seen"; took 97 minutes to get off the mark v. Australia, at Adelaide in 1947 (eventually scored 10 not out) Click to show or hide the answer
Zimbabwean, appointed England coach 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
England Test cricketer who once held the world long–jump record Click to show or hide the answer
Indian batsman: centuries (v. England) in his first two Tests Click to show or hide the answer
England captain 1986–8, played 79 Tests and 92 ODIs in total, 1978–95 Click to show or hide the answer
England batsman: had his nose shattered by a delivery from West Indies bowler Malcolm Marshall during a one–day match in 1986
Involved in a controversial argument with Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana, 1987
Caught behind when attempting to reverse sweep Allan Border in the 1987 World Cup final, probably costing England the game
Led the 1989–90 rebel tour of English cricketers to South Africa
Bowled by Shane Warne's first ever ball in the Ashes (1993) – which has been called the "Ball of the Century"
First to score 10,000 runs in Tests Click to show or hide the answer
First to score a double century in the World Cup (215 for West Indies v. Zimbabwe, 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
South African batsman, scored six sixes in an over in the 2007 World Cup (v. The Netherlands) Click to show or hide the answer
In the 1999 tournament, was said to have been told "You've just dropped the World Cup son" by Steve Waugh, after dropping an easy catch (although Waugh denied this)
Also involved in the Hansie Cronje match fixing scandal
England spinner, known as the King of Spain after a misprint on a set of mugs produced in 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Australian bowler, scored 201 n.o. as night watchman v. Bangladesh, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
England's highest ever Test run scorer – after making a 'pair' on his debut in 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Most runs in a Test match (333 and 123 v. India at Lord's, 1990)
Took the 10th wicket when Devon Malcolm took 9–57 (v South Africa, 1994) Click to show or hide the answer
First century for England Click to show or hide the answer
First New Zealand cricketer to be knighted for services to cricket Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Fred Trueman's 300th Test victim (Australian fast–medium bowler and capable lower–order batsman; also a leading Australian Rules footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Last to score a century on his England debut, before Graham Thorpe Click to show or hide the answer
First non–white to play for South Africa Click to show or hide the answer
Yorkshire and England opening batsman – said "We'll get 'em in singles Wilfred" to Rhodes when England needed 15 to win with 9 wickets down (The Oval, 1902) – England won the match Click to show or hide the answer
Most runs in a career (61,237) Click to show or hide the answer
First professional to be knighted
The only English player named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the (20th) Century
Took a hat–trick against West Indies in Barbados, 2004 Click to show or hide the answer
England leg-spinner, bowled Bradman second ball for 0 in his last Test innings (The Oval, 1948) Click to show or hide the answer
England all–rounder, born Melbourne 1977, died in a road accident in Perth, 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Australian batsman (26 Tests, 25 ODIs), died (aged 25) two days after being hit in the back of the neck by a short ball in 2014 (playing for South Australia v. NSW) Click to show or hide the answer
First professional to captain England (1953) Click to show or hide the answer
England captain on the Bodyline tour (1932–3) Click to show or hide the answer
South–African born batsman: scored a century on his Test debut for England against India, at Mumbai, in December 2016 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Became the leading Test wicket taker in 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Second bowler (after Jim Laker) to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings (India v. Pakistan, 1999) Click to show or hide the answer
First bowler to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings, and the only one to take 19 wickets in a Test match (both for England v. Australia, Old Trafford, 1956) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored centuries in three consecutive Tests for England v. West Indies, 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Overtook Allan Border's record total number of Test runs, 2005; overtaken by Sachin Tendulkar, 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
Took a hat–trick in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Welsh player, chosen to captain England when Ray Illingworth refused to tour India, 1972–3 – the only man ever to captain England on his Test debut; also played rugby for Neath and Gloucester; was the face of BBC TV's cricket coverage in the 1990s, and later President of the MCC Click to show or hide the answer
Captain of the West Indies, 1974–84 – included a sequence of 27 games without defeat, including 11 consecutive victories Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 102 from 85 balls in the first World Cup final (1975)
Took the 20th wicket when Jim Laker took 19 Click to show or hide the answer
Took 9–57 for England v South Africa, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
India bowler, controversially ran out Australian opener Bill Brown twice in one series, 1947, as he followed up (once without a warning) Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest Test player for Pakistan, or any country, before Hassan Raza in 1997 (15 years 124 days, in 1959) – still holds the record as Raza's exact birth date is uncertain Click to show or hide the answer
Most Test wickets in a career (800, 1992–2010); also took a record 534 ODI wickets (1993–2011), overtaking Wasim Akram's 502 Click to show or hide the answer
Bowler off whom Sobers scored six sixes in an over Click to show or hide the answer
Warwickshire wicket keeper, also scored a century when Lara scored 501 Click to show or hide the answer
Substitute fielder who ran out Ricky Ponting in the 4th (Trent Bridge) Test of the 2005 Ashes series (England went on to win the game and the series) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a record 14 sixes in a Test series, for Pakistan against the West Indies, 1976–7 – a record that has been equalled four times (to 2006) but never away from home – died 2006, aged 54, while taking part in an over 50s match in England Click to show or hide the answer
Pakistani umpire with whom Mike Gatting argued in 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Sussex and England cricketer who later became Maharajah Jam Sahib of Nawanagar Click to show or hide the answer
Claimed to be the youngest ever Test player on his debut for Pakistan, in 1996 – 14 yrs 227 days (see Mushtaq Mohammad) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Yorkshire all–rounder – England's oldest ever Test player (52 years 165 days, v. West Indies 1930) Click to show or hide the answer
First West Indian to score 100 hundreds Click to show or hide the answer
England player, wears squad number 66 in limited overs cricket Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Hampshire bowler, took 100 wickets per season, every year from 1949 to 1968 Click to show or hide the answer
Indian batsman, scored 264 against Sri Lanka in November 2014 – the highest–ever innings in a one–day international Click to show or hide the answer
The only batsman to score two double centuries in ODIs (scored 209 against Australia in 2013)
Second (after Sobers) to score six sixes off an over Click to show or hide the answer
English county player and Test match umpire, amused crowds by hopping from one foot to the other whenever the score was a 'Nelson' (111 or a multiple of it); d. 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
23 Tests for England, 1950–63; Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, 1975–93; d. 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Lancashire spin bowler, first to raise over £100,000 in his benefit year Click to show or hide the answer
First player to hit six sixes in an over in Twenty20 – against England's Stuart Broad, in the 2007 World Twenty20 Click to show or hide the answer
Last to gain full caps for England at both rugby (1 cap 1956) and cricket (50 Tests, last 1972); also captained the cricket team in 25 Tests, 1963–6 Click to show or hide the answer
First to take 100 wickets and 100 catches, and score 1,000 runs, in Tests Click to show or hide the answer
Scored six sixes in an over for Notts v. Glamorgan, at Swansea in 1968
Last to achieve the "domestic double" of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in a season (1988, playing for Notts) – and only the second (after Richard Hadlee) to do it since the reduction in the number of games in 1969; but he was banned from playing for the West Indies after taking part in the rebel tour to South Africa in 1982–3, so never played Test cricket Click to show or hide the answer
England's most capped player in Tests (133); scored a century in his 100th Test match, in 2000 (v. West Indies) Click to show or hide the answer
The gates at the Vauxhall End of The Oval were named in his honour by Surrey CCC (the county he played for throughout his career, 1981–2003)
England captain 2006–12 – 50 matches, only one short of Vaughan's record; won 24 Tests and lost only 11; included the first Ashes win in Australia since 1986–7 (2010–11); scored a century in each innings of a Test match (v. India), in December 2008 – only the 10th English player to do so Click to show or hide the answer
Only Englishman to score a century in each innings of a Test match, twice Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to be named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
First player born outside the county to play for Yorkshire (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Overtook Brian Lara's record total number of Test runs, 2008; first to score 12,000 Test runs; first to score 13,000 Test runs
First to score 50 test hundreds (2010)
First to score 200 in a ODI (200 not out v. South Africa, 2010)
Scored a century on his England debut, v. Australia at Trent Bridge, in 1993; a century v. Pakistan at Lahore in 2000 included only one boundary (he was eventually out for 118, having scored one more boundary); his highest Test score was 200 not out off 231 balls against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2002, when he and Andrew Flintoff together scored 281 in 51 overs Click to show or hide the answer
England captain 2003–7, during which the team rose to second in the rankings (behind Australia): captain for a record 51 Tests, winning 26; in 2005, became the first England captain to win an Ashes series since Gatting in 1986–7 Click to show or hide the answer
Took 10–10 for Yorkshire v Notts at Leeds, 1932 Click to show or hide the answer
Holds the records for the most ducks (43) and most not–outs (61) in Tests Click to show or hide the answer
The only current player (i.e. still playing in 2000) named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the (20th) Century – in fact the only one in the top 16 Click to show or hide the answer
Took 708 Test wickets, 1992–2007 (and 293 in ODIs), and scored 3,154 Test runs; his highest Test score was 99 (v. New Zealand in 2001), and no other player has scored more Test runs without making a century
Most ODI wickets, until overtaken by Muralitharan (502, 1984–2003); also took most Test wickets for Pakistan (414, 1985–2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Twin brothers who respectively played 168 and 128 Tests (325 and 244 ODIs) for Australia, 1985–2004 and 1991–2002; scored almost 19,000 Test runs between them, and took 151 wickets Click to show or hide the answer
England's third–highest Test wicket taker, with 325 – overtaken by Jimmy Anderson in 2013; took 8 for 43 in Australia's second innings at Headingley in 1981 Click to show or hide the answer
Played 187 first–class matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex; best known today for the eponymous Cricketers' Almanack which he launched in 1864, the year after he retired from first–class cricket Click to show or hide the answer
Influential captain who led Glamorgan to the County Championship in 1948 Click to show or hide the answer
19 Tests for England, 1975–81; coached South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan; died on the day of Pakistan's elimination from the 2007 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
Pakistani batsman, broke Viv Richards's record for the number of Test runs scored in a calendar year, 2006 (1,788 runs, including a record 9 centuries; average 99.33; equalled Bradman's record of 6 centuries in consecutive Tests, but took only 5 Tests to Bradman's 6 Click to show or hide the answer
Dismissed three times in the 190s — another record)

© Haydn Thompson 2017