Ask Steven – How many “team hat-tricks” have there been in testing?
Stuart Broad’s pivot on day three of the England v New Zealand switch test at the lord the weekend included the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Kyle Jamieson, interrupted by the run-out of Colin de Grandhomme. My first port of call for queries like these is Melbourne statistician Charles Davis, whose monumental research into past Test matches has uncovered many previously inaccessible statistics.
The Lancashire Legpinner Matt Parkinson was called up for his first Test after ill-fated Jack Leach suffered a concussion early in the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s. Unusually, Parkinson’s debut was confirmed as he barbecued at his home around 200 miles from Manchester.
My first thought was that this wouldn’t have happened before – but it’s still dangerous in cricket. And in fact, there was another example, in the 19th century: Australia took England In Sydney in a match that began on February 17, 1882, and the two teams met again at the SGC on February 17, 1883. Australia won both.
There have been three other instances of teams meeting in successive years in Tests that started on the same day, but not on the same ground. The West Indies and Pakistan began testing on March 26 at Port of Spain in 1958 and Lahore in 1959; Pakistan and Bangladesh started matches on 12 March in Dhaka in 1999 and Karachi in 2000; and South Africa met Australia in testing from November 9 in Cape Town in 2011 and Brisbane in 2012.
In all, there were five individual scores of 1s in the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. However, five turned out to be a good way down the list. There were three tests with eight scores of 1: South Africa v England in Cape Town in 1898-99, India against West Indies in Ahmedabad in 1983-84, and India vs South Africa in Mohali in 2015-16.
England’s two debutants in the first Test at Lord’s were Durham Matthew Potts and Lancashire Matt Parkinson, as mentioned above. It was the first time England had included two players with the first name Matthew since… March, when Yorkshire Matthew Fisher made his debut against West Indies in Bridgetown and lined up beside Jack Leachingwhose first name is Matthew.
Shiva Jayaraman from ESPNcricinfo’s stats team helped with some of the answers above.
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