Almanac Teams: A cricketing team. Naturally.

How often have you been watching/listening to the cricket, when you hear the commentator say, (s)he’s a natural ? It got me thinking about a team of naturals, reflecting the myriad examples of nature on our planet.


I’ve taken some literary licence so some spellings are not always commensurate to the natural feature, but hey, we know what I mean ! How does this team look ?


G Wood

M Slater

G Marsh

J Moss

M Marsh

R Marsh

J Lyons

A Mann

R Hogg

N Hawke

N Lyon


For 12th man you can chose any of the following: A Woodcock, A Finch,  S Marsh, J Bird , A Dale, K Slater. Possibly there are others who wold be natural selections.


I know there are a few Westralians sharing the same surname, though the keeper should be a definite starter. Is there a Grout bird ?  For number 5 in the batting order, if there’s a natural for there please feel free to replace M Marsh.




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  1. A couple of others, Glen – Graeme Hole and Tony Dell.

  2. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Nice one Glen !
    A few noms:
    Sammy Woods
    Clem Hill
    Would Bert Oldfield and Andrew Hilditch count ?

  3. Robert Rowan
    Ash Mallett

  4. How could you omit Dennis Lille??

  5. Er…Lillee

  6. Ross Treverton says

    Doug Walters – lived on natural ability, cigarettes and beer. Needed a passport to get him near the practice nets…

  7. Luke Reynolds says

    Nice team Glen.
    Darren Berry as back-up wicketkeeper?

  8. If i’d gone beyond the antipodes, moving up to the northern hemisphere, there’s a few players from the ‘old dart’ who’d be strong contenders. You’d have chaps like Andrew Greenwood, Joe & Fred Root, Jack Crapp , also John Snow for example.


  9. If N. Hawke is in, M. Crowe has to be there too.

    For the Corvine admirers.

  10. Peter Sleep. The only Australian to play Test cricket in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s apart from AB.

  11. Trucker Slim says

    Hilda Hills (1930s, one Test, well one innings)
    Miriam Knee
    Marie Cornish
    Alex Blackwell
    Jodie Fields
    and of course, Ellyse Perry (its etymology is pear tree)


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