List of cricketers who have taken two five-wicket hauls on Test debut

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Fred Martin was the first player to take two five wicket hauls on his debut in Test cricket.

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a significant achievement.[2] As of October 2016, 146 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on their debut in a Test match.[3] Of these, nine cricketers have taken two five-wicket hauls on their Test debut, including four from England, two from Australia and one each from India ,South Africa and West Indies.

English left-arm medium-paced bowler Frederick Martin was the first player to do so; he took 6 wickets for 50 and 6 wickets for 52 on his debut, against Australia in the second Test of the 1890 Ashes series.[4] The feat was repeated three years later by Tom Richardson who took 5 for 49 and 5 for 107 against Australia in the third Test of the 1893 Ashes series.[5] Clarrie Grimmett became the first Australian to take two five-wicket hauls on his Test debut, when he took 5 for 45 and 6 for 37 in the fifth Test of the 1924–25 Ashes series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[6] Charles Marriott was the third England player to take a pair of fifers on his Test debut, against the West Indies on their 1933 tour of England.[7] Despite his bowling performance, Marriott never played Test cricket again.[8]

Ken Farnes took two five-wicket hauls on his debut against Australia in the first Test of the 1934 Ashes series but still ended on the losing side.[9] In 1948, West Indian right-arm fast bowler Hines Johnson was the first cricketer outside an Ashes tournament to take two fifers on his Test debut when he took 5 for 41 and 5 for 55 against England at Sabina Park during England's 1947–48 tour.[10][11] South African medium-fast bowler Sydney Burke became the seventh player to take a pair of five-wicket hauls on Test debut, with a total of eleven wickets in the third Test of New Zealand tour of 1961–62.[12][13]

As of October 2016, India's spin bowler Narendra Hirwani is the most recent cricketer to take two five-wicket hauls on debut. He took 8 for 61 and 8 for 75 against the West Indies during the fourth Test of the 1987–88 series between the teams.[14] This is also the best match-figures by any bowler on Test debut.[15]

Key

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per six balls)
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result The result for the bowler's team in that match
MoM Bowler selected as "Man of the match"
Drawn The match was drawn

Note: For the bowling figures, the top line is the first innings bowling figures, and the bottom line is the second innings bowling figures.

List of cricketers who have taken two five-wicket hauls on Test debut

No. Bowler Date Ground Against Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Flag of England.svg Frederick Martin August 11, 1890 The Oval, London, United Kingdom Flag of None.svg Australia 27[a] 50 6 2.22 Won[4]
30.2[a] 52 6 2.05
2 Flag of England.svg Tom Richardson August 24, 1893 Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom Flag of None.svg Australia 23.4[a] 49 5 2.47 Drawn[5]
44[a] 107 5 2.91
3 Flag of Australia.svg Clarrie Grimmett February 7, 1925 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia  England 11.7[b] 45 5 2.84 Won[6]
19.4[b] 37 6 1.42
4 Flag of England.svg Charles Marriott August 12, 1933 The Oval, London, United Kingdom  West Indies 11.5 37 5 3.12 Won[7]
29.2 59 6 2.01
5 Flag of England.svg Ken Farnes June 8, 1934 Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United Kingdom  Australia 40.2 102 5 2.52 Lost[9]
25 77 5 3.08
6 WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg Hines Johnson March 27, 1948 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  England 34.5 41 5 2.52 Won[10]
31 55 5 1.77
7 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Sydney Burke January 1, 1962 Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa  New Zealand 53.5 128 6 2.37 Lost[12]
27.1 68 5 2.55
8 Flag of Australia.svg Bob Massie June 22, 1972 Lord's, London, United Kingdom  England 32.5 84 8 2.55 Won[16]
27.2 53 8 2.38
9 Flag of India.svg Narendra Hirwani January 11, 1988 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Madras, India  West Indies 18.3 61 8 3.29 Won[14]
15.2 75 8 4.89
Source:[17] Correct as of 5 January 2016

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d 5-ball overs were used in this match
  2. ^ a b 8-ball overs were used in this match.

References

  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  3. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Overall figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Australia tour of England, 2nd Test: England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 11–12, 1890". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Australia tour of England, 3rd Test: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24–26, 1893". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "England tour of Australia, 5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 27 – Mar 4, 1925". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "West Indies tour of England, 3rd Test: England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 12–15, 1933". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Charles Marriott". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Australia tour of England, 1st Test: England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 8–12, 1934". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "England tour of West Indies, 4th Test: West Indies v England at Kingston, Mar 27 – Apr 1, 1948". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hines Johnson". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "New Zealand tour of South Africa, 3rd Test: South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Jan 1–4, 1962". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Sydney Burke". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "West Indies tour of India, 1987/88 – 4th Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Statistics/Statsguru/Test matches/Bowling records/Overall figures (best bowling performance in a match on Test debut)". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 27 October 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 22–26, 1972". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Players Taking 5 Wickets in Innings in Debut Match". HowSTAT!. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 

External links

  • Five-wicket hauls at Cricinfo
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