Hat-tricks in Test Cricket

Hat-tricks in Test Cricket
Hat-tricks in Test Cricket
Hat-tricks in Test Cricket: Frederick Spofforth scored the first hat-trick in Test history on January 2, 1879

Hat-tricks in Test Cricket: Frederick Spofforth scored the first hat-trick in Test history on January 2, 1879. The Australian, known as “The Demon Bowler,” got rid of The Reverend Vernon Royle, Francis MacKinnon, and Thomas Emmett in quick succession on the first day of the match in Melbourne. Spofforth had amazing numbers at the end of the innings: 6-48. As if those weren’t enough, he then claimed 7-62 the second time.

Because of what he did, the Test of Timelessness was over in three days. The England team had to go a long way to play a one-off game that they lost by 10 runs. In honor of the anniversary of Spofforth’s amazing hat-trick, here are five of the best Test hat-tricks ever. There were a lot to choose from, so feel free to use the comments part to make your case for one we didn’t choose in Hat-tricks List.

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Best Hat-tricks in Test Cricket

Jimmy Matthews:

Any bowler at any level knows how hard it is to achieve a hat-trick. Jimmy Matthews, however, managed to do it twice in the same match in 1912. The Australian leg-spinner wrapped up South Africa’s first innings at Old Trafford (the two nations were playing in a triangular tournament that also involved England) to allow his captain to enforce the follow-on. South Africa was then bowled out for 95 in 28.2 overs; Matthews helped rush Australia to victory when he astonishingly claimed a second hat-trick, not only in the same Test but also on the same day!

Spare a thought for poor Tommy Ward—on both occasions he was the third victim for Matthews; meaning on his debut for his country, the wicketkeeper-batsman recorded a king pair (out first ball in each innings). Sadly, there are no pictures available of Matthews in action, so instead enjoy watching another Australian celebrating after taking three wickets in as many balls. Shane Warne missed out on the final cut despite his heroics against England in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne in 1994. Still, it is worth watching the video simply for David Boon’s superb reaction catch at short leg to complete the dismissal of Devon Malcolm.

Dominic Cork:

In the summer of 1995, Dominic Cork had already had a great start to his Test career. Against West Indies, he set a record by taking three wickets in as many deliveries. Cork had a great run on the fourth morning of the match, which was only his third game for England. This helped the home team win by six wickets. Richie Richardson, the captain of the West Indies, was his first victim. He played on to his stumps, and the next ball caught Junior Murray leg before wicket.

Carl Hooper, who was batting lower in the lineup because he had a chipped finger, was also out on his first delivery. He was given out lbw as he jumped forward onto his front foot. Cork became the first English player to get a hat-trick in a Test since Peter Loader did it against West Indies in 1957.

Wasim Akram:

Wasim Akram got two hat-tricks in Tests in 1999, both against Sri Lanka in the month of March. First, he got Romesh Kaluwitharana out for 100 in Lahore. Then, he got rid of the last two batsmen, Niroshan Bandaratilleke and Pramodya Wickramasinghe, giving Pakistan the lead in the first innings of a match that would end up being a tie. Four days later, in the final of the Asian Test Championship in Dhaka, the two teams played each other again. On the first day, Pakistan bowled out their opponents for 231 and then scored 594 runs to take a big first-innings lead.

Day 3 ended with Sri Lanka at 9-3 and three overs left to play. Akram’s first wicket was the opener Avishka Gunawardene, who was caught behind the wicket on the fifth ball. Chaminda Vaas didn’t last long as the night watchman. He was thrown out on the next delivery without causing any problems for the scores. But the Pakistani fast bowler had to wait until the beginning of his next over to get his hat trick. Wajahatullah Wasti caught Mahela Jayawardene. The next day, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 188, which made them lose by an inning.

Glenn McGrath:

In 2000, when Glenn McGrath won all three Tests against West Indies, he reached a personal milestone. Australia won by a huge margin in the match in Perth, so the most interesting part of the one-sided game was when McGrath got the visitors down to 19-4 on the first day. Why then is it on the list? When he caught Brian Lara for a duck on the first ball, his second wicket of the hat-trick, the seamer also hit the milestone of 300 victims in Tests. Sherwin Campbell had been caught by Ricky Ponting, making Sherwin Campbell the second West Indies player to be out to the new ball.

Jimmy Adams was left to face the hat-trick ball. He didn’t make it, throwing an easy catch-up to Justin Langer under the helmet at short leg. McGrath didn’t get any more wickets in the first round, and when West Indies played again, he only got one. He did, however, end his great Test career, in which he played in 124 games for his country, with 563 catches.

Harbhajan Singh:

Harbhajan SinghHarbhajan Singh took a hat-trick against Australia in Kolkata in a thrilling Test match. After batting first at Eden Gardens, Australia reached 252-4 when Harbhajan gave the hosts hope by becoming the first Indian bowler to take three wickets in as many deliveries in a Test. Ricky Ponting’s initial firing was justified. However, Adam Gilchrist may have felt aggrieved to be declared lbw to the spinner’s following delivery. It hit the batsman’s pad and pitched outside leg stump.

Shane Warne then scored another hat-trick, but he wasn’t celebrating. Warne claimed the ball hit the floor before being caught by the defender, but the third umpire disagreed. After knocking India out for 171, captain Steve Waugh invited the home team to bat again after Australia made 445. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted India to safety and a win. Australia lost 212 chasing 394 on a worn pitch. Harbhajan took 13 wickets in the Test but was not named man-of-the-match. This is the end of Hat-tricks list in test cricket.

Following is the list of bowlers who have got Hat-tricks in Test cricket:

1Frederick SpofforthAustralia v EnglandThe Revd Vernon Royle (b)
Francis MacKinnon (b)
Tom Emmett (c)
Melbourne Cricket Ground02-Jan-1879
2Billy BatesEngland v AustraliaPercy McDonnell (b)
George Giffen (c&b)
George Bonnor (c)
Melbourne Cricket Ground20-Jan-1883
3Johnny BriggsEngland v AustraliaWalter Giffen (b)
Jack Blackham (lbw)
Sydney Callaway (c)
Sydney Cricket Ground02-Feb-1892
4George LohmannEngland v South AfricaFrederick Cook (b)
Bonnor Middleton (b)
Joseph Willoughby (c)
St George’s Park14-Feb-1896
5Jack HearneEngland v AustraliaClem Hill (b)
Syd Gregory (c)
Monty Noble (c)
6Hugh TrumbleAustralia v EnglandJohn Gunn (c)
Arthur Jones (c)
Sydney Barnes (c&b)
Melbourne Cricket Ground04-Jan-1902
7Hugh TrumbleAustralia v EnglandBernard Bosanquet (c)
Sir Pelham Warner (lbw)
Dick Lilley (lbw)
Melbourne Cricket Ground08-Mar-1904
8Jimmy MatthewsAustralia v South AfricaRolland Beaumont (b)
Sid Pegler (lbw)
Tommy Ward (lbw)
Old Trafford28-May-1912
9Jimmy MatthewsAustralia v South AfricaHerbie Taylor (b)
Reggie Schwarz (c)
Tommy Ward (c)
Old Trafford28-May-1912
10 Maurice AllomEngland v New ZealandTom Lowry (lbw)
Ken James (c)
Ted Badcock (b)
AMI Stadium10-Jan-1930
11Tom GoddardEngland v South AfricaDudley Nourse (c&b)
Norman Gordon (st)
Billy Wade (b)
Old Wanderers26-Dec-1938
12Peter LoaderEngland v West IndiesJohn Goddard (b)
Sonny Ramadhin (c)
Roy Gilchrist (b)
13Lindsay KlineAustralia v South AfricaEddie Fuller (c)
Hugh Tayfield (lbw)
Neil Adcock (c)
14Wes HallWest Indies v PakistanMushtaq Mohammad (lbw)
Fazal Mahmood (c)
Nasim-ul-Ghani (b)
15Geoff GriffinSouth Africa v EnglandMike K Smith (c)
Peter Walker (b)
Fred Trueman (b)
16Lance GibbsWest Indies v AustraliaKen Mackay (lbw)
Wally Grout (c)
Frank Misson (b)
Adelaide Oval30-Jan-1961
17Peter PetherickNew Zealand v PakistanJaved Miandad (c)
Wasim Raja (c&b)
Intikhab Alam (c)
Gaddafi Stadium09-Oct-1976
18Courtney WalshWest Indies v AustraliaTony Dodemaide (c)
Mike Veletta (c)
Graeme Wood (lbw)
Brisbane Cricket Ground20-Nov-1988
19Merv HughesAustralia v West IndiesCurtly Ambrose (c)
Patrick Patterson (c)
Gordon Greenidge (lbw)
W.A.C.A. Ground04-Dec-1988
20Damien FlemingAustralia v PakistanAamer Malik (c)
Inzamam-ul-Haq (lbw)
Saleem Malik (c)
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium09-Oct-1994
Shane Warne
Australia v EnglandPhil DeFreitas (lbw)
Darren Gough (c)
Devon Malcolm (c)
Melbourne Cricket Ground29-Dec-1994
22Dominic CorkEngland v West IndiesRichie Richardson (b)
Junior Murray (lbw)
Carl Hooper (lbw)
Old Trafford30-Jul-1995
23Darren GoughEngland v AustraliaIan Healy (c)
Stuart MacGill (b)
Colin Miller (b)
Sydney Cricket Ground02-Jan-1999
24Wasim AkramPakistan v Sri LankaRomesh Kaluwitharana (c)
Niroshan Bandaratilleke (b)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe (b)
Gaddafi Stadium06-Mar-1999
25Wasim AkramPakistan v Sri LankaAvishka Gunawardene (c)
Chaminda Vaas (b)
Mahela Jayawardene (c)
Bangabandhu National Stadium14-Mar-1999
26Nuwan ZoysaSri Lanka v ZimbabweTrevor Gripper (lbw)
Murray Goodwin (c)
Neil Johnson (lbw)
Harare Sports Club26-Nov-1999
27Abdul RazzaqPakistan v Sri LankaRomesh Kaluwitharana (c)
Rangana Herath (lbw)
Ravindra Pushpakumara (lbw)
Galle International Stadium21-Jun-2000
28Glenn McGrathAustralia v West IndiesSherwin Campbell (c)
Brian Lara (c)
Jimmy Adams (c)
W.A.C.A. Ground01-Dec-2000
Harbhajan Singh
India v AustraliaRicky Ponting (lbw)
Adam Gilchrist (lbw)
Shane Warne (c)
Eden Gardens11-Mar-2001
30Mohammad SamiPakistan v Sri LankaCharitha Buddhika (lbw)
Nuwan Zoysa (lbw)
Muttiah Muralitharan (b)
Gaddafi Stadium08-Mar-2002
31Jermaine LawsonWest Indies v AustraliaBrett Lee (b)
Stuart MacGill (b)
Justin Langer (lbw)
Kensington Oval05-May-2003
Alok Kapali
Bangladesh v PakistanShabbir Ahmed (c)
Danish Kaneria (lbw)
Umar Gul (lbw)
Arbab Niaz Stadium29-Aug-2003
33Andy BlignautZimbabwe v BangladeshHannan Sarkar (lbw)
Mohammad Ashraful (c)
Mushfiqur Rahman (c)
Harare Sports Club22-Feb-2004
34Matthew HoggardEngland v West IndiesRamnaresh Sarwan (c)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (lbw)
Ryan Hinds (c)
Kensington Oval03-Apr-2004
James Franklin
New Zealand v BangladeshManjural Islam Rana (c)
Mohammad Rafique (c)
Tapash Baisya (b)
Bangabandhu National Stadium20-Oct-2004
36Irfan PathanIndia v PakistanSalman Butt (c)
Younis Khan (lbw)
Mohammad Yousuf (b)
National Stadium29-Jan-2006
37Ryan SidebottomEngland v New ZealandStephen Fleming (c)
Mathew Sinclair (c)
Jacob Oram (lbw)
Seddon Park08-Mar-2008
Peter Siddle
Australia v EnglandAlastair Cook (c)
Matt Prior (b)
Stuart Broad (lbw)
Brisbane Cricket Ground25-Nov-2010
Stuart Broad
England v IndiaMS Dhoni (c)
Harbhajan Singh (lbw)
Praveen Kumar (b)
Trent Bridge30-Jul-2011
Sohag Gazi
Bangladesh v New ZealandCorey Anderson (lbw)
BJ Watling (c)
Doug Bracewell (c)
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium13-Oct-2013
Stuart Broad
England v Sri LankaKumar Sangakkara (c)
Dinesh Chandimal (c)
Shaminda Eranga (c)
Rangana Herath
Sri Lanka v AustraliaAdam Voges (c)
Peter Nevill (lbw)
Mitchell Starc (lbw)
Galle International Stadium05-Aug-2016
Moeen Ali
England v South AfricaDean Elgar (c)
Kagiso Rabada (c)
Morne Morkel (lbw)
Kennington Oval31-Jul-2017
Jasprit Bumrah
India v West IndiesDarren Bravo (c)
Shamarh Brooks (lbw)
Roston Chase (lbw)
Sabina Park31-Aug-2019
Naseem Shah
Pakistan v BangladeshNajmul Hossain Shanto (lbw)
Taijul Islam (lbw)
Mahmudullah (c)
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium09-Feb-2020
Keshav Maharaj
South Africa v West IndiesKieran Powell (c)
Jason Holder (c)
Joshua Da Silva (c)
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium21-Jun-2021
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