Almanac Cricket – One Test Wallies
As long as the sun sets in the West, Callum Ferguson will play more tests than me. No debate there. However I won’t be shocked if that’s his only test. Thinking back through my years on planet earth I thought I’d pick a side of chaps who played test cricket for Australia but for were not able to progress past their debut tests. I will make some qualifications on my XI.
A side needs a wicket keeper. Phil Emery only played the one test, not because he was not up to scratch, his test happened to coincide with the period of two great keepers, Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist. Re batting, Stuart Law only played once as he had competitors like the Waugh brothers, Ricky Ponting, and Justin Langer. Jeff Moss was unlucky to play only once though in his sole test he got two starts. However he was considered ‘old’, as well there was the reunification after the WSC split, thus there was no chance to add to his tally. Ashley Woodcock was another I have not included as he got a start in his sole test innings, then toured New Zealand, was considered for a recall during the WSC years, then time bypassed him.
So here we go, a team of Australians who played a sole test but whose performances were such they were not considered worthy of a further test(s).
I should qualify that our most recent pairing can add to their test tally, though I feel Joe Mennie the more likely. Interesting the high representation of Victorians in this team.
Over to you fellow Almanackers.