List of cricketers who have played for two international teams
Twenty-two cricketers have represented two countries during their international careers. Of those, fourteen have played Test cricket for two different nations, while seven have played One Day International (ODI) cricket for two countries (Kepler Wessels played Test and ODI cricket for both South Africa and Australia). Two players have represented two countries in different formats of the game, including Twenty20 International (T20I). In the late-19th and early-20th century, players who had represented two international teams had been born in one country and whose family had emigrated to another. There were no clear rules on which nation one could represent, so switching was possible. More recently, legal citizenship has become the defining attribute as to whether a player can represent another country.
Billy Midwinter was the first cricketer to play for two nations during his career, playing two Test matches for Australia in 1877 before appearing for England in four Tests in 1881-82. Within a year he was representing Australia once again. The Bulletin noted that "In Australia he plays as an Englishman; in England, as an Australian; and he is always a credit to himself and his country ... whichever that may be." Four other Test cricketers switched allegiance from Australia to England in the late-19th century: Billy Murdoch, J. J. Ferris, Sammy Woods and Albert Trott. Both Frank Hearne and Frank Mitchell started their international careers playing for England but went on to play for the South African Test team. Three cricketers moved from representing India to Pakistan in the 1950s. John Traicos revived his Test career after playing for South Africa in 1970, albeit briefly, when he featured for Zimbabwe in four Test matches in the early 1990s, more than 22 years after his previous international Test appearance.
Wessels played both Test and ODI cricket for South Africa and Australia, while Clayton Lambert became the first cricketer to play just ODIs for two different nations; after playing eleven matches for the West Indies between 1990 and 1998, he played a single ODI for the United States in 2004. Fellow West Indian Anderson Cummins made 63 appearances for the Caribbeans before playing 13 times for Canada twelve years later. Both Dougie Brown and Ed Joyce moved from playing for England to Scotland and Ireland respectively, while Eoin Morgan made the opposite move; having played 23 ODIs for Ireland, he switched to England for whom, as of 2013, he has played 75 ODIs. The most recent cricketer to play for two nations in ODIs is Luke Ronchi who, after representing Australia in 2008, made his debut for New Zealand in 2013.
- Note: These lists include only those players who have played first-class cricket within Test matches, ODIs or T20Is accredited by the International Cricket Council.
Fourteen players have represented two different nations in Test cricket.
|Midwinter, BillyBilly Midwinter||Australia||1877–87||8||174||37||13.38||0||14||5/78||23.78||1||5||0|||
|Murdoch, BillyBilly Murdoch||Australia||1877–90||18||896||211||32.00||2||–||–||–||–||14||0|||
|Ferris, J. J.J. J. Ferris||Australia||1887–90||8||98||20*||8.16||0||48||5/26||14.25||4||4||0|||
|Woods, SammySammy Woods||Australia||1888||3||32||18||5.33||0||5||2/35||24.20||0||1||0|||
|Hearne, FrankFrank Hearne||England||1889||2||47||27||23.50||0||–||–||–||–||1||0|||
|Trott, AlbertAlbert Trott||Australia||1895||3||205||85*||102.50||0||9||8/43||21.33||1||4||0|||
|Mitchell, FrankFrank Mitchell||England||1899||2||88||41||22.00||0||–||–||–||–||2||0|||
|Nawab of Pataudi snr||England||1932–34||3||144||102||28.80||1||–||–||–||–||0||0|||
|Abdul Hafeez Kardar||India||1946||3||80||43||16.00||0||–||–||–||–||1||0|||
|Guillen, SammySammy Guillen||West Indies||1951–52||5||104||54||26.00||0||–||–||–||–||9||2|||
|Traicos, JohnJohn Traicos||South Africa||1970||3||8||5*||4.00||0||4||2/70||51.75||0||4||0|||
|Wessels, KeplerKepler Wessels||Australia||1982–85||24||1761||179||42.95||4||0||–||–||0||18||0|||
One Day International cricket
Eight men have played international cricket for two different ODI teams. List updated to 1st February, 2014 (ODI#3468).
|Wessels, KeplerKepler Wessels||Australia||1983–85||54||1740||107||36.25||1||18||2/16||36.38||0||19||0|||
|Lambert, ClaytonClayton Lambert||West Indies||1990–98||11||368||119||33.45||1||0||–||–||0||0||0|||
|Cummins, AndersonAnderson Cummins||West Indies||1991–95||63||459||44*||15.30||0||78||5/31||28.79||3||11||0|||
|Brown, DougieDougie Brown||England||1997–98||9||99||21||24.75||0||7||2/28||43.57||0||1||0|||
|Joyce, EdEd Joyce||England||2006–07||17||471||107||27.70||1||–||–||–||–||6||0|||
|Morgan, EoinEoin Morgan||Ireland||2006–09||23||744||115||35.42||1||–||–||–||–||9||0|||
|Rankin, BoydBoyd Rankin||Ireland||2007–12||37||35||7*||7.00||0||43||3/32||32.34||0||6||0|||
|Ronchi, LukeLuke Ronchi||Australia||2008||4||76||64||38.00||0||–||–||–||–||5||2|||
Twenty20 International cricket
Four cricketers have represented two different countries in T20I cricket. List updated to 15th January, 2014 (T20I#353).
|Joyce, EdEd Joyce||England||2006–07||2||1||1||1.00||0||–||–||–||–||0||0|||
|Nannes, DirkDirk Nannes||Netherlands||2009||2||6||6||6.00||0||1||1/26||56.00||0||0||0|||
|Rankin, BoydBoyd Rankin||Ireland||2009–12||15||13||7*||13.00||0||17||3/20||21.41||0||6||0|||
|Ronchi, LukeLuke Ronchi||Australia||2008–09||3||47||36||23.50||0||–||–||–||–||0||0|||
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