The All Victorian One Test 11 – just in time for Boxing Day

The debut of Marcus Harris in the Adelaide Test saw him awarded Australian Test cap 456, becoming the latest in a line of esteemed cricketers dated back to 1877, when Charles Bannerman opened for Australia and was subsequently recognised as the first Australian Test cricketer.

 

Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh both represented Australian 168 times and of the current crop, Nathan Lyon leads the field with 82 caps going in Boxing Day.

 

But there are also 70 players who represented Australian only once. And whilst there are some reasonably well-known names amongst those for a variety of reasons, such as unlucky to be born when they were (Stuart Law), awkward circumstances (Wayne N Phillips) or bad timing (Mick Malone), it is still an honour to have played at least once.

 

A few years ago I did a team of one-Test wonders, including Phil Emery (just edging out Graham Manou) and great trivia question Shaun Young. And my colleague Glen did similar in 2016, in which he commented on a large number of Victorians in the team:

 

https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/almanac-cricket-one-test-walllies/

 

So as we celebrate another MCG Boxing Day match, with a number of Victorians about the grace the occasion for a change, I have managed to select a team of Victorian one-Test players:

 

Wayne N Phillips

 

Merv Harvey (c)

 

Roy Park

 

Paul Hibbert

 

Jeff Moss

 

William Moule

 

Hammy Love (wk)

 

Ian Callen

 

John Hastings

 

Clint McKay

 

Bryce McGain

 

 

Phillips was controversially selected to replace the dropped Geoff Marsh, much to the strong disagreement of Allan Border. On a hiding to nothing and a bouncy WACA pitch versus India, he scored just 8 and 14 and despite making more than his opening partner Mark Taylor, Marsh was bought back and Phillips went on to score plenty of runs for the Vics.

 

Harvey, brother of Neil, was selected to play against England in 1947 when Sid Barnes was injured. Making 12 and 31, he was dismissed late in the day to an aggressive shot, exposing Bradman towards stumps who was bowled for a duck. A furious Bradman apparently told him he would never be selected again, which upon the return to fitness of Barnes, turned out to be true.

 

Park, famously a doctor and successful VFL/VFA footballer who played with University, Melbourne and Footscray for 218 goals from 85 games, played in 1921. He made a golden duck (apparently after delivering a baby the previous night and having no sleep) and the story goes that his wife dropping her knitting as he took guard, bent to pick it up and missed his entire Test batting career.

 

Hibbert was one of many selected then quickly discarded in the WSC era, playing his only Test in 1977, making 13 and 2 against India. He was replaced by John Dyson and co-holds a curious record of making a first class century without scoring a boundary.

 

Moss made so many runs at Shield level he demanded selection in 1979, eventually getting his chance vs Pakistan in the second and final Test of that series. Facing Imran and Sarfraz and in a match that included a Mankad and a handling the ball dismissal, he made 22 and 38 not out, but wasn’t selected for the upcoming tour and with the return of WSC players, never played again.

 

William Moule played his only Test in England in 1880, the first ever Test held in England. Filling in for Fred Spofforth, he showed great promise making 34 and 6 and taking 3 wickets, but made way for the Demon after that. He was later a politician and a long serving county court judge.

 

Hammy makes the team as our backstop even though he debuted for NSW as he shifted to Victoria for the remainder of his career. Unfortunate to be behind Bert Oldfield in the keeping order, he was selected in the Bodyline series of 1933 when Oldfield was injured, taking 3 catches.

 

Callen was another selected during the WSC period, against India in 1978 in Adelaide. Despite severe discomfort due to a back injury and a reaction to injections, he took three wickets in each innings to contribute to a win. He later gained success with a cricket bat making business.

 

John Hastings, now starting a career in radio after his recent retirement, played his only test in 2012 vs South Africa in Perth. Despite taking just 1 for 153 for the match, the Duke’s sole victim was at least a memorable one, AB deVilliers for 4.

 

McKay played 59 ODIs but just the one Test, in Perth vs the Windies in 2009, taking 1 for 56 in the second innings. In 2013 he took an ODI hat trick comprising Pieterson, Trott and Root.

 

Bryce McGain was wonderful story when selected at age 36 on a tour of South Africa, after touring but not getting a gig on the 08/09 tour of India. Sadly, the fairy tale turned to a nightmare as he was targeted by the South African batsmen to the tune of 0 for 149 and was never again selected.

 

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About Sean Curtain

"He was born with a gift of laughter, and a sense that the world was mad". First line of 'Scaramouche' by Sabatini, always liked that.

Comments

  1. Ken Eastwood should have got a mention.

  2. Sean Curtain says

    My error above, Phillips of course replaced Geoff Marsh not the golfer Graham.

    Reasonable case for Eastwood Gerry, but I needed a captain and I thought the background to the Phillips selection stood out too.

    Eastwood interesting as he replaced Lawry, and apparently has two baggy green caps, as his initial one didn’t fit, he got another but no one asked for the first one back!

    Sean

  3. Howdy Sean.

    I nominate Footscray Cricket Club Cap No 91 – Les Joslin who represented Australia v India at Sydney, January 1968. Les coached Werribee Football Club to the 1978 VFA Lightning Premiership, the Bees becoming the first 2nd division team to win the “converted” award. The winners were well served that day by their first ruckman Mervyn Gregory Hughes.

    The Dogs trifecta of “one and dones” are Joslin and the aforementioned Eastwood and Hastings.

    MCR

  4. Roy Park was my wife’s great Uncle also won the VFL goal kicking playing for University

  5. Sean Curtain says

    And Roy Park’s daughter married Ian Johnson, later of the ’48 Invincibles and later still captain of Australia

  6. I love this. Thanks Sean.

    Typical of Bradman.

  7. Is Ross Duncan an option for this team? True he played most of his career with Queensland, but did have that season in Victoria.

    Made his debut in the 5th Ashes test of 1970-71, scored 3 , was wicketless, then went back to Shield ranks.

    Glen!

  8. Peter warrington says

    He treatment of McGain by his own side is the one we should focus on

    Shameful

  9. Luke Reynolds says

    Nice work Sean.
    I watched McGain bowl one of the best spells of leg-spin, Warne aside, that I’d ever seen a couple of years before his Test selection in a Shield game at the MCG. He was ready then. It was sad his chance came so soon after shoulder surgery after being injured on that Indian tour.
    My current bat is a Callen, and it’s the finest piece of willow I’ve ever owned.
    Simon Davis is another nomination, had a very similair career to McKay & Hastings, while Darren Pattinson is another one Test Victorian, albeit he played his Test match for England.

  10. Where does Ken Meuleman fit in this equation ?

    He played his sole test in our very first test clash across the Tasman. He started his career in Victoria, then moved to Westralia,

    Luke, Simon Davis was a fine ODI bowler. Like Meuleman his sole test match was played over the ditch, both also scored ducks. Davis, a bowler, was unable to claim a test scalp.

    Glen!

  11. Thanks Luke, I was quite tempted to put Pattinson, D in the team but realised that the bowling stocks were reasonably handy, and I wanted a proper team, (hence my joy in finding my No. 6 back in 1880).

    Seems there might be an oversupply of Victoria One Testers

    Sean

  12. I once asked Robyn Bailashe who was the player that he saw that he thought should have had a better Test career and he immediately named Ian Callen. Robyn said he had it all: could be very quick, could swing the ball and later on in an innings could bowl off-cutters to dream about. A few ill-timed back injuries………

  13. Ian Callen was a v good bowler ( bowled bloody well in the 1 test match he played )

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