10 pair of twins who have played cricket together

10 pair of twins who have played cricket together

1. Waugh Brother’s

Former Australian skipper, Steve Waugh and his twin brother Mark Waugh are the best known example of twins who have played cricket together. The brothers together share more than 35000 international runs and have hit 73 centuries overall. They have also been successful bowlers and have got 400+ international wickets under the common head Waughs. Steve first made way into international cricket but was dropped to make way for Mark to make his debut. Talent and brothers cannot be kept away for long and soon Steve was back in the squad. Eventually the two remained to be the best pick for Australia for almost a decade.

2. Shevills Sister’s

The first pair of twins to play international cricket were the three Shevill sisters’ Fernie, Irene and Essie. All three of whom played for Australia at the top most level in the inaugural women’s Test series, against England in 1934-35. But they didn’t quite appear together all the time: Fernie, who was a right arm fast bowler, opened the bowling for the team in the first match, and Irene played as a wicket-keeper in the second and third Tests. The third and last Essie Shevill, was the better cricketer in the pack and played in all three Test matches.

3. Marshalls Brother’s

The first male identical twins to play cricket together for the same team in the same match were brothers from New Zealand Hamish and James Marshall from Auckland against Australia at Eden Park in March 2005. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting also admitted later that he had no clue how to differentiate among them and found it really tough to do so, but by the end of the match looked to have cracked up the code.

4. Bedsers Brother’s

The Bedsers brothers from England can be termed the most famous sporting twins from the country. Aric and Elec Bedser played major cricket for Surrey in English county cricket for almost 15 years. Alec was a right armed medium fast bowler whereas Eric bowled right arm off-break. The two were also useful batsmen for their team. The twins were a part of the Surrey team when they won seven successive county titles.

5. Bedsers of South Africa

The British Bedsers were not the only Bedser twins to have played cricket. As Eric and Alec Bedser of London proved to be fine cricketers, another Bedser couple of East London in South Africa had twin boys in May 1948 and they named them Alec and Eric as well. But even the parents must have been surprised when their twin sons too followed path of theor name-alikes in becoming fine cricketers.

6. Dentons Brother’s

Here we have another pair of English twin brothers, Billy and John Denton who were born in Northamptonshire, and both played more than 100 matches for the county. The brothers were an effective opening partnership for Northamptonshire.

7. Rippons Brother’s

Dudley Pippon and Sydney Rippon were born in Kensington, but played for Somerset in English county league.
The brothers were neither beyond the point exceptional cricketers nor a dud pair. And by playing together for Somerset they have got their name set in the cricketing books.

8. Matambanadzos Brother’s

The amazing name Everton Zvikomberero Matambanadzo this cricketer had can prove to be quite a tongue twister. He played three Tests for Zimbabwe as a new ball bowler in the 1990s, but had very little success. The other half of the twin Darlington never quite made the Test side, but played quite some domestic cricket.

9. Taylor Brothers

The identical twins Mike Taylor and Derek Taylor, were born in Buckinghamshire, and both of them had long county careers. Mike was a medium-pace all-rounder for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire, and Derek was a wicket keeper batsman and he played for Surrey and Somerset.

10. Signal Sisters

The Signal sisters, Liz and Rose, were the first pair of twins to feature for New Zealand. They travelled with the team to England in 1984, and made their debuts together in the first Test at Headingley. Rose made 0 and 8 undefeated but unfortunately never played cricket again. Whereas Liz had five more caps than her sis.

Original information source ESPNCricinfo.