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Commencing in 2019, four have played an innings batting at number 12. Two Bangladeshis, a West Indian and a South African.

So maybe within a few years, this article could be updated by picking 12 players who have done so ?

The combined Test team of number 11s

During the very stable and successful decade 1995-2004, a total of only 27 players batted in the top 6 for Aus. And plenty of reasonably good ones never got picked.

During the decade 1977-1986, the figure was double at 53. Such an unsettled time for player pathways, succession planning, mentoring of promising youngsters, baptisms of fire against the WI, rebel series etc.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

Welcome back, Tigerbill.

You’ve been missed.

The combined Test team of number 11s

Thanks, Stephen

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

The following summer David Ogilvie gained Test selection through similar weight of numbers, but he proved to be a mirage. 6 tons, but also 6 ducks.

Shield games before Christmas- 194 & 53, 109 & 7, 100 & 1, 24 & 44.

Qld v India- 20 & 4.

Tests v India- 5 & 46, 27 & 47, 6 & 0.

Shield after Christmas- 0 & 23no, 104 & 0, 23 & 106, 168no & 35, 0 & 69.

Tests in WI- 4 & 0, 0 & 43.

Remembering David Hookes

Any team would prefer to be strong enough to “carry” a Hookes, Walters or Trumper.

Sometimes having six reliable, but more limited, batsmen just can’t win you a game against a better opponent. You need an x-factor in such circumstances, even if he accumulates fewer runs overall.

Remembering David Hookes

This article prompted by the anniversary of a popular cricketer’s murder, certainly has then gone off on a few tangents.

Remembering David Hookes

Largs Bay then Grange. A big country town back then, fantastic place to grow up. Go Port !

Remembering David Hookes

Thanks Stephen,

He was my first cricketing hero. Unsurprising given that at the time of the Centenary Test I was 12 years old, blonde and left-handed. And I’d lived in Adelaide until I was 10.

Remembering David Hookes

I can name around 100 native New South Welshmen, who have played for other States.

It’s completely natural and understandable, given that NSW holds one-third of Australia’s population, but can field only one-sixth of its Sheffield Shield teams.

Best of the West: Western Australia's XI of World Cup winners

When you get bored there’s also 4,236 played ODIs, and 1,477 played T20Is…

The end of all things: More oddities and coincidences at the ending of Test matches

Apparently he refused to drink the coffee because Victoria’s Blackham, not Spofforth’s NSW mate Murdoch, had been selected as the barista.

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Thanks matth,

This is Davis-esque. If you’re prepared to do the legwork, 1,675 matches (and counting) is a pretty good sample size for finding coincidences and unique events.

The end of all things: More oddities and coincidences at the ending of Test matches

Thanks ZBS,

And the best WA exports to have represented NSW-

Stuart MacGill
Simon Katich
Ross Edwards
Beau Casson
Craig Simmons
Jamie Stewart

I’ve probably missed a few others.

Best of the West: Western Australia's XI of World Cup winners

Washed down with a glass of Dougie Bollinger

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Thanks AMD,

JGK has improved my Aus version, and found an even shorter Eng version. I’ve suggested he do a SA/Zim version for 1888-2022, using John Traicos to bridge the gap between 1969-70 and 1991-92.

Jack Blackham
Syd Gregory
Charles Kelleway
Don Bradman
Neil Harvey
Bob Simpson
Jeff Thomson (played with Simpson only in 1977-78)
Craig McDermott (played with Thomson only in 1984-1985)
Ricky Ponting (played with McDermott only in 1995-96)
Steve Smith

George Ulyett
WG Grace
Wilfred Rhodes
Bill Voce
Godfrey Evans
Brian Close
Alan Knott
Graham Gooch
Alec Stewart
James Anderson (conditional on getting back into the side)

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

You could use Traicos to get from South Africa in 1888-89, to Zimbabwe in 2022. That would be an impressive continuum.

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Nearly got you

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Hats off again !

I challenge you to make it work for South Africa…

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Respect. You’ve just turned 11 into 10.

Two-stint Simpson-elder statesman Thomson-teenaged McDermott-prodigy Ponting (a brief 3-match overlap with McDermott) is brilliant.

Plus this list now makes for a better overall bowling attack, and with a spot still available for an extra player (Green for the next decade ?).

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

I needed 11 players for England also, due to my requirement that players had shared changerooms ie physically passed the baton.

George Ulyett (1877-1890)
WG Grace (1880-1899)
Wilfred Rhodes (1899-1930)
Jack Hobbs (1908-1930)
Wally Hammond (1927-1947)
Denis Compton (1937-1957)
Colin Cowdrey (1954-1975)
Geoff Boycott (1964-1982)
Graham Gooch (1975-1995)
Alec Stewart (1990-2003)
James Anderson (2003- but conditional on being selected again)

While WG Grace overlapped with Rhodes in 1899, unfortunately he didn’t play in the inaugural Test. So George Ulyett had to precede Grace.

Fred Titmus (who played County cricket in each decade from the 1940s until the 1980s) would have come in handy, even more so than Close.

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Thanks JGK,

I tried Simpson (nominally 1957-1978, but technically 1957-1968 and 1977-1978) to follow Harvey and omit Lawry. But I had to reject him because he never shared a changeroom with Chappell.

Ponting (1995-2012) could replace Clarke, but that wouldn’t reduce the total number of steps.

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Ron Ox-en-ham (for a bonus point), Brad Hogg, Rodney Hogg, the Pollocks (as in the fish), Jeff Dujon, Clive Rice, Graeme Fowler, Jeff and Martin Crowe, Derek Pringle. Rod Tucker and Merv Kitchen to officiate.

And for the piece de resistance- Julian Wiener.

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Along with other Test players Terry Lamb, Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions, Phil Mustard, ‘Beefy’ Botham, Joe Partridge (who played for SA with the Pollocks) etc.

But that’s a whole other article…

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

Unfortunately Pollock’s destined to be forever pigeonholed as a 1960s player. He was contracted to World Series Cricket but not allowed to play, and could have continued into the 1980s in his late-30s. That Durban scorecard was carnage-

Day 1, stumps, SA 5-386 (Pollock 160*)
Day 2, stumps, SA 9(dec)622 (Pollock 274) and Aus 4-48 (inc 3 wickets to Eddie Barlow)

Test cricket: It’s a continuum, and Bacon’s Law applies

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