Almanac Teams: One Test Players

 

 

This week’s side is players that played just one Test for Australia. I have also included a side that played just one Test that was against Australia though there is an exception with one of these players Tests not against Australia. Normally my sides are from 1980 but I snuck a few from the 1970s that played but they were playing Shield cricket in the 1980s and even made a Test tour. The inspiration for this side is a book I recently read in by Ken Piesse called ‘Fifteen minutes of Fame’ where he has a chapter with three or four pages on each player.

 

I have not included Will Pucovski as he is still young enough to add to his total.

 

 

The First XI

 

Paul Hibbert [Source: Author]

Paul Hibbert – Vic

1977, 15 runs, HS 13, average 7.50

 

Hibbert was 25 when he debuted against India in Brisbane in the First Test of 1977-1978. This series was the first since Kerry Packer’s World Series and Hibbert was one of six debutants with Wayne Clark, Tony Mann, David Ogilvie, Steve Rixon, and Peter Toohey. Hibbert was dropped for John Dyson for the Second Test. He played first class cricket until 1986-1987 and made 4,790 runs at an average of 39 with highest score of 163. Hibbert is one of only two men to make a century without hitting a boundary.

 

 

 

Wayne Phillips [Source: Author]

 

Wayne Phillips – Vic

1992, 22 runs, HS 14, average 11

 

Phillips was 29 when he was brought into the Australian side to replace vice-captain Geoff Marsh for the Fifth Test against India in Perth. Marsh was a West Australian, so this was not a popular decision for the locals nor captain Allan Border who loved his vice-captain. Phillips was not picked for the tour to Sri Lanka. Phillips started 1992-1993 strong with 205 against NSW and was selected for the ACB XI in Hobart where he scored 40 and 1 but missed out for the First Test and was never really close again. Phillips played until 1994-1995, made 3,859 runs and averaged 39.

 

 

Callum Ferguson – SA

2016, 4 runs, HS 3, average 2

 

Ferguson was 31 when selected for the Second Test against South Africa in Hobart and made his debut with Joe Mennie. Ferguson came in for Mitch Marsh and was run out for three in the first innings which took Australia to 5/17 before a total score of 85. He was dropped for the Third Test with Adam Voges in the middle order replaced by Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson. Ferguson played 30 one day matches for Australia from 2009-2011 and averaged 41 with a top score of 71*. Ferguson was a member of the 2011 World Cup Squad and averaged 37 in 147 first class matches with top score of 213.

 

 

Stuart Law – Qld

1995, 54 runs, HS 54*, 3-0-9

 

Law was 27 when selected in the First Test against Sri Lanka in Perth. Law debuted with Ricky Ponting, but was only in because of an injury to Steve Waugh who returned for the next Test. Chasing 251 Australia scored 5/617 with Law and Ponting having a 121 partnership before Ponting was dismissed for 96. Law played 54 ODIs for Australia between 1994-1999 at an average of 27 with a top score of 110 and took 12 wickets. He was a member of the 1996 World Cup Squad and played 367 first class matches from 1988-2009, made 27,080 at an average of 50, scored 79 hundreds and took 83 wickets.

 

 

 

Jeff Moss [Source: Author]

 

Jeff Moss – Vic

1979, 60 runs, HS 38*, average 60

 

Moss was 31 when selected for Australia against Pakistan in the Second Test at the WACA. Moss replaced Yallop in the side and did not get another chance as when Australia resumed in 1979-1980 the World Series Cricketers were then available. He was selected for the 1979 World Cup where he played one game against Pakistan and made 7. Moss played for Victoria until 1982-1983 and made 3,416 runs at an average of 44 with top score of 220.

 

 

 

Shaun Young [Source: Author]

 

Shaun Young – Tas

1997, 4 runs, HS 4, average 4, 8-0-13

 

Young was 27 and playing county cricket for Gloucestershire in 1997 when he was selected for Australia in the Sixth Test against England at The Oval. Young and Kasprowicz were bought in for Jason Gillespie who was injured and Paul Reiffel who had gone home for the birth of his child. Australia was down to two quicks as Andy Bichel had gone home injured and Brendon Julian was also injured. Young and Shane Lee were both playing in England and auditioned for the match with games against Kent. Young played for Tasmania until 2001-2002 and in 138 first class matches made 7,212 runs at an average of 38 with top score of 237 and also took 274 wickets with best figures of 7/64.

 

 

James Faulkner – Tas

2013, 45 runs, HS 23, average 22.50, 5 wickets, best bowling 4/51

 

James is the son of South African Rebel cricketer Peter and was 23 when he debuted against England in the Fifth Test at The Oval when he replaced Usman Khawaja. Faulkner made 23 off 21 balls in the first innings and then batted number three in the second innings to make quick runs – 22 off 22 balls. He claimed five wickets for the Test with Ian Bell his first wicket. Faulkner did not come under consideration in the 2013/2014 Ashes but remained in the one day side where he played 69 games from 2013-2017, made 1,032 at an average of 34, high score 116 and took 96 wickets. Faulkner was man of the match in the 2015 World Cup Final.

 

 

 

Phil Emery [Source: Author]

 

Phil Emery – NSW

1994, 8 runs, HS 8*, 5 catches, 1 stumping

 

Emery was 30 when he got his chance to play for Australia for an injured Ian Healy. Emery’s debut was in the Third Test against Pakistan in Lahore. He claimed five catches and a stumping. Emery also made 8*, having come in as night watchman he broke his thumb and retired hurt before returning later in the innings. He also played 121 games for NSW where he averaged 26, took 337 catches and made 47 stumpings. Emery may best be remembered for an inglorious moment in 1994-1995 when Australia A played Australia and he was bowled by David Boon (not a noted wicket taker).

 

 

 

Mick Malone [Source: Author]

 

Mick Malone – WA

1977, 46 runs, HS 46, average 46, 6 wickets, best bowling 5/63

 

Malone was 26 when selected for the Fifth Test against England at The Oval. Malone came in for Lenny Pascoe and took 5/63 with England captain Mike Brearley his first wicket and then quickly followed up with Derek Randall and Tony Greig for a duck. He then made 46 in a 100 run partnership for the ninth wicket with Ray Bright. Despite an impressive debut Malone did not play another Test as he joined World Series Cricket. When the World Series players rejoined the establishment Malone toured Pakistan in 1980 without playing a Test. In 1981-1982 he replaced an injured Terry Alderman in the one day series against Pakistan and West Indies. Malone was an economical player: eight games for nine wickets with a best of 2/9 and economy of three runs an over. Selected 12th man for the Third Test against the West Indies in Adelaide, Malone retired at the end of 1981-1982. He played a total of 73 matches for 260 wickets at an average of 24.

 

 

 

Ian Callen [Source: Author]

 

Ian Callen – Vic

1978, 26 runs, HS 22*, 6 wickets, best bowling 3/83

 

Callen debut aged 22 made his debut against India in the Fifth Test in Adelaide replacing Sam Gannon. Callen at number eleven made 22* including a six and bowled first change where he took 3/83 – a haul that included Gundappa Viswanath and Dilip Vengsarkar within seven runs. In the second innings Callen took three more wickets including Sunil Gavaskar. He toured the West Indies and played the first two one day matches where he took 3/24 in his second game before fracturing a vertebra and missing the rest of the tour. Callen also toured Pakistan in 1982, played three one day matches but no Tests. He played until 1984-1985 over 53 matches for 197 wickets at an average of 27. Callen later make quality Callen cricket bats.

 

 

Daniel Cullen – SA

2006, DNB, 1 wicket, best bowling 1/25

 

Cullen made his debut aged 22 coming in as a third spinner for Stuart Clark who was injured against Bangladesh in the Second Test in Chittagong. Cullen bowled seven overs with Mashrafe Mortaze caught Adam Gilchrist as his only wicket. He played five one day matches for Australia in 2006 with two of them against the West Indies in Kuala Lumpur. Cullen played 46 first class matches until 2008-2009 and took 130 wickets at an average of 44.

 

 

 

Others from 1980 onwards

 

Beau Casson – WA/NSW

2008, 10 runs, HS 10, average 10, 3 wickets, best bowling 3/86

 

Casson was 26 when picked for Australia against the West Indies in the Third Test at Bridgetown where he replaced Stuart MacGill. He helped bowl Australia to victory; he took 3/86 from 25 overs which included the wickets of Xavier Marshall and Dwayne Bravo. Casson though was not picked for the tour to India six months later with Australia picking three debutant slow bowlers to tour in Bryce McGain, Jason Krejza and Cameron White. Casson retired aged 28 due to a long standing heart condition after 50 first class matches and 117 wickets at an average of 43.

 

 

Simon Davis [Source: Author]

 

Simon Davis – Vic

1986, zero runs, 26-0-70

 

Davis was 26 when he debuted against New Zealand in the First Test in Wellington. Davis was picked after making his one day international debut six weeks prior where he earned a reputation as very economical opening bowler. He scored a duck and did not take a wicket though was economical in the rain-reduced test match. Davis was dropped in the Second Test for Dave Gilbert. He remained in the one day team for another two seasons; he played 39 matches for 44 wickets with a best bowling of 3/10. Davis played 48 first class matches until 1987-1988 and took 124 wickets at average of 35.

 

 

Peter George – SA

2010, 2 runs, HS 2, average 1, 2 wickets, best bowling 2/48

 

George was 24 when selected for the Second Test against India at Bangalore as replacement for Doug Bollinger. He made his Test debut in the same Test as Chetashwar Pujara. George’s first Test wicket was Sachin Tendulkar, bowled for 214. He ended up with two wickets and two runs in the two Test series, but was not in consideration for the 2010-2011 Ashes series. George played 64 first class matches until 2018-2019, he took 207 wickets with best figures of 8/84.

 

 

John Hastings – Vic

2012, 52 runs, HS 32, average 26, 1 wicket, best bowling 1/51

 

Hastings was 27 in the Third Test against South Africa in Perth. Hastings joined Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson in a new pace attack from the Second Test which was Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson. Also on debut was former South African captain Dean Elgar. Hastings opened the bowling and took the wicket of AB de Villiers caught by Michael Clarke at first slip. Hastings played 29 one day matches between 2010-2017 with an average of 27 with the bat and top score of 51, he also took 42 wickets with best bowling of 6/45. He was in the 2011 World Cup Squad and played a total of 75 first class matches until 2016-2017. He made 2,231 runs at an average of 22 and took 239 wickets. John’s middle name is Wayne and had the nickname ‘The Duke’.

 

 

Graham Manou – SA

2009, 21 runs, HS 13, average 21, 3 catches

 

Manou debuted in the Third Test against England at Edgbaston aged 30 as replacement for Brad Haddin who was injured. The Test was interrupted by weather with Manou keeping in just one innings where he took three catches. Manou played four one day matches in India in October 2009. He played 103 first class matches until 2010-2011 for 4,003 runs, averaged 25 including six hundreds and took 328 catches and 21 stumpings.

 

 

Bryce McGain – Vic

2009, 2 runs, HS 2, average 1, 18-0-148

 

McGain debut aged 37 replacing Marus North who was injured in the Third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. McGain unfortunately went for plenty of runs as South Africa made 651 with three centurions – Ashwell Prince 150, Jacques Kallis 102, and AB de Villiers 163. McGain had been selected on the 2008 tour of India. He played 33 games until 2010-2011 and took 101 wickets with best bowling of 6/112.

 

 

Clint McKay [Source: Author]

 

Clint McKay – Vic

2009 10 runs, HS 10, average 10, 1 wicket, best bowling 1/56

 

McKay debuted at the age of 26 against the West Indies in the Third Test in Perth replacing Peter Siddle who was injured. McKay did not bat nor take a wicket in the first innings but in the second innings made 10 runs and took 1/56, bowling wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. McKay was a regular of the one day side from 2009-2014 and played 59 matches for 97 wickets with best figures of 5/28, however he missed the 2011 World Cup due to injury. McKay played 85 first class matches until 2016 and took 281 wickets.

 

 

Joe Mennie – SA

2016, 10 runs, HS 10, average 5, 1 wicket, best bowling 1/85

 

Mennie was 27 when he debuted along with Callum Ferguson against South Africa in the Second Test in Hobart. Mennie came in for Peter Siddle and was replaced by Jackson Bird. He only had one innings to make an impression as Australia was defeated by an innings after they made only 85 and 161. Mennie’s wicket was future South Africa captain Temba Bavuma. He played two one day matches in the same year against South Africa where he took three wickets. Mennie played 79 first class matches until 2020-2021 for 297 wickets.

 

 

Matthew Nicholson – WA/NSW

1998, 14 runs, HS 9, average 7, 4 wickets, Best Bowling 3/56

 

Nicholson was 24 when he was late call up to the Australian side for the Boxing Day Test against England with Colin Miller unavailable. Nicholson had Nasser Hussain caught behind in the first innings and in the second innings looked impressive taking three wickets which included Hussain again and Mark Ramprakash. Nicholson was replaced by Miller for the next Test. Nicholson remained on the fringe for the next couple of seasons touring Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 1999 and playing for Australia A. Nicholson played 107 first class matches until 2007-2008 and took 377 wickets.

 

 

Chadd Sayers – SA

2018, zero runs, 2 wickets, best bowling 2/78

 

Sayers was 30 when he debuted against South Africa in the Fourth Test against South Africa at Johannesburg. The previous Test was the ‘sandpaper incident’ and Australia had to make several changes to the team with Smith, Warner and Bancroft suspended, and Mitch Marsh and Mitchell Starc injured. Sayers’ two wickets were both in the same over with AB de Villiers caught behind for 69 and two balls later Kagiso Rabada for a duck. Sayers played 85 first class matches until 2020-2021 and took 320 wickets with best bowling of 8/64.

 

 

Paul Wilson – SA

1998, 0 runs, 12-0-50

 

Wilson was 26 when he made his debut against India at Kolkata as replacement for Paul Reiffel who was injured. India made 5/633 with Australia bowling 159 overs and Wilson bowling just 12 overs due to osteitis pubis. Wilson was replaced by Adam Dale in the Third Test and was never really in contention again. He did play 11 one day matches in the home summer prior to the India tour for 13 wickets and best figures of 3/39. Wilson played first class cricket until 2003-2004 and took 151 wickets from 51 games. He is now an umpire having umpired eight Tests including standing in the 2023 World Cup and with the man he replaced for his Test debut in Paul Reiffel.

 

 

 

Other one Test players for Australia

Bransby Cooper 1877 18 runs, played in the first ever test.

 

Ned Gregory 1877 11 runs, played in the first ever test.

 

Frank Allan 1879 5 runs 4 wickets.

 

Tom Groube 1880 11 runs

 

William Moule 1880 40 runs, 3 wickets

 

Jim Slight 1880 11 runs

 

George Coulthard 1882 6 runs

 

Percy Marr 1885 5 runs

 

Samuel Morris 1885 14 runs, 2 wickets

 

Harry Musgrove 1885 13 runs

 

Roland Pope 1885 3 runs

 

Digger Robertson 1885 2 runs, 0 wickets

 

Francis Walters 1885 12 runs

 

John Mcilwraith 1886 9 runs

 

Reginald Allen 1887 44 runs

 

John Cottam 1887 4 runs

 

Jack Reedman 1894 21 runs, 1 wicket

 

Arthur Coningham 1895 13 runs, 2 wickets

 

John Harry 1895 8 runs

 

Joe Travers 1902 10 runs

 

John McLaren 1912 0 runs, 1 wicket

 

Roy Park 1921 0 runs, 0 wickets

Legend has it his wife dropped her knitting when Park was about to face his first ball, she bent down to get it and missed Park getting out and hence his entire Test career.

 

Albert Hartkopf 1925 80 runs, HS 80, 1 wicket

 

Otto Nothling 1928 52 runs, 0 wickets

 

Bill Hunt 1932 0 runs, 0 wickets

 

Pud Thurlow 1932 0 runs, 0 wickets

Lisle Nagel 1932 21 runs, 2 wickets

 

Hammy Love 1933 8 runs

 

Harry Alexander 1933 17 runs 1 wicket.

 

Hans Ebeling 1934 43 runs, 3 wickets

 

Ray Robinson 1936 5 runs

 

Ken Meuleman 1946 0 runs

 

Fred Freer 1946 28 runs, 3 wickets

 

Merv Harvey 1947 43 runs

Merv is the older brother of Neil.

 

Len Johnson 1948 25 runs

 

George Thoms 1952 44 runs

 

John Rutherford 1956 30 runs, 1 wicket

 

Jack Wilson 1956 0 runs, 1 wicket

 

Keith Slater 1959 1 run, 2 wickets

 

Des Hoare 1961 35 runs 2 wickets

 

Colin Guest 1963 11 runs, 0 wickets

 

Rex Sellers 1964 0 runs, 0 wickets

 

Peter Allan 1965 0 runs, 2 wickets

 

Les Joslin 1968 9 runs

 

Ross Duncan 1971 3 runs, 0 wickets

 

Ken Eastwood 1971 5 runs, 1 wicket

Eastwood replaced Bill Lawry when he was dropped.

 

John Watkins 1973 39 runs, 1 wicket

 

Ashley Woodcock 1974 27 runs

 

 

Opposition one Test players (against Australia)

John Stephenson – England

1989 6th Test at the Oval, 36 runs, HS 25

Stephenson was the 29th England player to play in the 1989 Ashes replacing Tim Curtis as opening batsman.

 

Azmat Rana – Pakistan

1980, Lahore, 49 runs, HS 49

 

Lincoln Roberts – West Indies

1999, Kingston, 0 off 7 balls

Roberts was the first player to player tests from the island of Tobago.

 

Paul Parker – England

1981 6th test at the Oval, 13 runs, average 7.50

 

James Whitaker – England

1986 3rd test Adelaide, 11 runs

Whitaker replaced Ian Botham who was injured. Whitaker was chairman of the England selectors from 2013-2018

 

Albie Morkel – South Africa

2009 Third Test Cape Town, 58 runs, average 58, 1 wicket

Morkel’s only Test was same as Bryce McGain’s. His wicket was Ricky Ponting for a duck.

 

Thelston Payne – West Indies

(againt England) 5 runs and 5 catches

The only player on this list who did not play against Australia, as there was not a keeper in this period whose sole Test was against Australia. Payne toured Australia several times as Jeffrey Dujon’s long time understudy.

 

Stu Gillespie – New Zealand

1986 1st test Wellington, 28 runs, 1 wicket

Gillespie’s Test was interfered by the weather where he batted as nightwatchman making 28 and his sole wicket was Wayne Phillips bowled.

 

Seekkuge Prasana – Sri Lanka

2011 Second Test Pallekele, 5 runs, 23-0-80

 

Subroto Banerjee – India

1992, 3rd test Sydney, 3 runs, 3 wickets, average 15

For this test India surprisingly on the spinner-friendly SCG played four quicks. Banerjee got the first three wickets in Geoff Marsh, Mark Taylor, and Mark Waugh to have Australia 3/127. Also on Test debut in this match was Shane Warne.

 

Nadeem Ghauri – Pakistan

1990 3rd test Sydney, 0 runs, 8-0-20

This test was rain interrupted. Ghauri umpired five Tests but was suspended in 2013 for four years for accepting money for favourable umpiring decisions.

 

 

Others

 

England

 

Allan Sidebottom 1985, 2 runs, 1 wicket

 

Mike Smith, 1997, 4no, 23-0-89

 

Scott Kerrigan, 2013, 1no, 8-0-53

 

Scott Borthwick, 2014, 5 runs, 4 wickets, best Bowling 3/33

 

 

New Zealand

 

Gary Robertson, 1986, 12 runs, 1 wicket

 

 

West Indies

 

Amit Jaeggernauth, 2008, 1 run, 1 wicket.

 

Gavin Tonge, 2009, 25runs, HS 23no, 1 wicket

 

 

Pakistan

 

Azkar Khan, 1980, 14 runs, 1 wicket

 

Shakil Ahmed, 1998, 1 run, 4 wickets, best bowling 4/91

 

 

India

 

Vinay Kumar, 2012, 11 runs, average 5.50, 1 wicket

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Good team. To me, Callum Ferguson and Stuart Law were the unluckiest not to have played more Tests. Ferguson showed so much in one day cricket for Australia in 2009 and he was then out of competitive cricket for at least six months with a knee reconstruction back in 2010. I believe that curtailed his career, as he would have played Test cricket sooner than 2016, although he performed badly in that Test.

    Stuart Law, with a first class batting average of 50, would have played many more Tests in a different era. He was unlucky that Australia were so dominant in Test cricket at the time he was successful in the Sheffield Shield.

  2. Ferg incredibly unlucky thru injury and then Steve Smith captain call picking Nic Maddinson let’s remember as well that he got run out in the 1st innings as well
    Chadd Sayers told he was going to debut v SA in Adelaide only for Steve Smith to change his mind on the morning of the game – unbelievably also never picked to tour England grrrrrrrrrrrrr

  3. Paul Hibbert, Jeff Moss, two Victorians from my youth: I won’t include Ken Eastwood.

    Paul Hibbert opened at the Gabba in the first test of the WSC split. He struggled in both innings. Was he the first Australian dismissed during the split? I can’t recall as I was at school that day, and my memory of the news that night is a dim, distant, blur. Paul Hibbert sadly is no longer here, gone very young.

    His Victorian teammate Jeff Moss played in the last test on Australian soil during that split. He had a great 1978-79 season for Victoria, the first of consecutive victorious Sheffield Shield seasons for us. I was at the MCG that summer when he scored a double ton against South Australia. Unlucky to only play the one test.

    There’s also a few other chaps who played the sole test but didn’t bother the statisticians by scoring runs, or taking wickets. Oh well, one of the chaps in his modern role as umpire has often signalled for runs and wickets.

    Thanks for another good side Rodney.

    Glen!

  4. Good work Rodney
    A few Establishment Boys there.
    I played against Whitacker (Eng) at the Bay when he played for Glenelg B grade
    He looked shithouse and batted long enough for us all to be murmuring ‘ this bloke can’t play.’
    The next summer I think – 1986/97 we all watched him debut for England.
    We still didn’t think he could play.

  5. He’s done it again! Great work Rodney, you’ve brought back some memories with this post. I’d almost forgotten about some of these. You do wonder if Sayers and Ferguson deserved a few more tests.

    Did Ian Callen once take a hat-trick for the Vics in an ODI game (McDonalds Cup?) circa 78/79? Or was that another Vic bowler who also played for Australia? I vaguely recall this.

  6. A Test match should be played between the First XI 1 Test Australian cricket team and the First XI Rest of the World 1 Test cricket team (who played 1 Test match against Australia):

    The umpires would be Bruce Martin from Australia (1 Test, 1985) and Tony McQuillan from Australia (1 Test, 1993).

    The match would be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra (1 Test Australia v Sri Lanka, February 2019).

    The entertainment would be provided by one hit-wonders “Shaddap You Face” (1981, Joe Dolce) as well as other one-hit wonders whose songs were played in Australia, such as “Macarena” (1996, Los Adel Rio) and “Come on Eileen” (1982, Dexys Midnight Runners).

    The match would promise to be one of a kind!

  7. Paul Hibbert known as “Dasher”. 100 without a single boundary would be unheard of now.

  8. Damian, i reckon Alan Hurst may have taken a hat trick at the WACA in our one run loss that season.

    I have some recollection of it, and if the old mind is correct Trevor Laughlin played out a maiden in the penultimate over. Then in the final deliveries G Ross, from Essendon, was run out in the scramble for runs.
    There is some more in the memory data bank but at being 95% confident of the memory I’ll leave it at this.

    Glen!

  9. Ah yes, you’re correct Glen, it was Hurst. I think I got the the two Vic fast bowlers mixed up. They both played for Australia. Was it Gillette’s Cup back in those days? Interestingly, another Hurst got a hat-trick once – in a soccer game in 1966.

  10. Damian, it was the Gillette Cup back then.

    Glen!

  11. Ian Callen was another player who was unlucky not to play more than one Test for Australia, due to injuries. It’s a shame because he did so well in his one and only Test. At least he can tell his grandchildren what he did in that Test, especially getting top order batsmen for India out. Maybe, in hindsight, he should look at it the other way, that he got his opportunity at the time when the best fast bowlers for Australia were playing World Series Cricket.

    It’s a shame that Daniel Cullen didn’t kick on as a Test leg spinner for Australia. I remember there were big wraps on him back then as “the next Shane Warne”. He even looked like Warne. Perhaps, the pressure and expectations were too much for him, in the end. Then, of course, later on, Nathan Lyon, became the greatest Test off spinner for Australia, when there were no expectations on him, whatsoever. He started off as a groundsman at Adelaide Oval and then a T20 bowler in the T20 Big Bash. It’s funny how things turn out.

  12. I forgot to mention how unlucky Mick Malone was to play only one Test. He really deserves his place in the First X1, taking 5-63, and scoring 46 with the bat. If he hadn’t joined World Series Cricket after his only Test, I’m sure he would have played more Tests for Australia.

  13. Agree re Malone, Anon.
    No judgement, but it was his choice to join WSC after all.

  14. Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood says

    Dan Cullen was a off spinner – Callum Bailey was a leg spinner

  15. Yes, thanks for that. I got mixed up between Dan Cullen, the off spinner and Cullen Bailey, the leg spinner. The latter’s first name was Cullen and the former’s surname was Cullen. They both represented South Australia around the same time. They both attended the same school in Adelaide and we’re both coached by Terry Henner. Bailey was thought to be a prospect to be the leg-spinner to follow Warne and McGill into the Australian cricket team. He was given a national contract but did not represent Australia.

    As mentioned, Cullen was also touted as a promising prospect to replace Shane Warne.

  16. Sorry for the spelling mistakes. I meant to type were both coached by Terry Jenner.

  17. roger lowrey says

    Great piece of research Rodney. I loved reading it.

    Many memories. I remember my childhood Test record sheets with fast bowlers like Colin Guest and Peter Allan who was the only bloke to take 10 Sheffield Shield wickets in an innings against us mid 1960s as I recall

    I was thinking their contemporary Grahame Corling may have joined that group too but Dr Google tells me he played five Tests while Dave Renneberg whose bowling action I used to emulate as a kid played eight. Strewth, I’m here to tell you it was neither easy nor did it get me many wickets. Sorry Dave!

    And does Sam Trimble count as he served as 12th man against the West Indies in1964/65? The predictable Queenslanders will squeal if he doesn’t.

    Hey BTW Smokie, go easy on Mick Malone. Young talented bloke at a time where the smug arsehole Bradman and his comfortable Tory mob paid peanuts until Packer broke the game up a bit. You go where you make a quid surely.

    Just a thought.

    RDL

  18. Thank you everyone for all your comments and kind words.

    Anon – Law 1st class record is amazing, if he was born 30 years later he maybe captaining his country.

    Rulebook – who was Sayers to play for instead. Reckon he would have being handy in England.

    Glen- Moss was unlucky the split finished, his age and Chappell, Walters etc coming back and emergence of Hughes and Border probably meant middle order spots were sewed up.

    Dan – Agree I think only one other has done it.

    Established boys- Fare step up from B Grade to touring in 12 months.

    DB – Thank you both unlucky especially Ferguson has was mid series

    Roger – thank you, Trimble may in a further side. Players that were 12th man bit never played like him Shaun Graf and Dan Christian or players picked to tour but never played a teat like Berry, Ray Phillips, Seecombe and Noffke. Will see as next cricket side will be approx October

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