Hampshire Cricket History

Early Tests
June 11, 2016, 8:02 pm
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I’ve been looking at the early Test Matches by Hampshire batsmen of the recent past – in particular those who had also played limited overs cricket and who went on to significant Test careers – plus one, perhaps the greatest, who should have done

Barry Richards: first three Tests: 301 runs at 60.2.

Gordon Greenidge: first three Tests, 254 runs at 50.8

Robin Smith: first three Tests, 145 runs at 29.0

Kevin Pietersen: first three Tests, 233 runs at 46.6

So the only one who did not convince immediately was Robin Smith, but he played his first two Tests against the 1988 West Indians. After that there was one against Sri Lanka but in his next series against Australia he scored 553 runs, including two centuries and a 96, at 61.4.

Incidentally, Barry Richards scored 81 + 126 in his fourth and final Test


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KP made 2 1st ballers at Lords, but in 2009 and 2010 during his Chelsea period when he was only technically a Hampshire Player.

I do remember anticipating Chris Smith’s debut, lbw Hadlee 1st ball, also at Lords, 1983.

Robin made 2 Goldens, one at Leeds, one at Auckland. Gordon, 1, at Perth, in 1988.

The only other I’ve checked is Mead, who made 0 twice in innings of indeterminate length, but both at Jo’burg. If I ever knew it, I’d long forgotten he averages 225 (47 & 182*) in his only two Tests in England, both against Australia, which sounds likely to be a record?

So JV maybe the first English born Hampshire player out first ball in a Lords test?

Comment by Jeremy

John Arnold? He made 0 in his first Test which was at Lord’s but not sure if it was first ball.

I deliberately limited myself to batsmen who also played limited-overs cricket. I can’t help feeling that England’s top-order in recent years has too many players who can’t really play long Test innings consistently. Root has the advantage of not having played much county cricket (and he’s rather good!).

As for Phil Mead, when you consider that he played for another 15 seasons, the fact that he was never picked again is incredible. That innings was the highest for England v Australia in England until Len Hutton’s triple century in 1938!

Comment by pompeypop

John Arnold – very interesting, I vaguely recall him umpiring when I first started watching – an era of great umpires – but didn’t know he was a one test wonder.

Meads average, 229, is the best v A just in E – two others average over 100 – the first Jack Russell, in the same 1921 series, and Eddie Paynter, 1938.

(The ether seems to have eaten earlier attempts to say this)

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