One-Test wonder

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In cricket, a one-Test wonder is usually a cricketer who is only selected for one Test match during his career and never represents his country again (not necessarily due to poor performance).[1][2][3] The term may derive from "one-hit wonder", which is used to describe singers who have only one hit song.[citation needed] The term is also used in rugby.[4]

More rarely, the term may refer to a player who has played in more than one Test, but was very successful only once. Examples include the bowlers India's Narendra Hirwani,[5] and Australia's Bob Massie,[6] both of whom took eight wickets in each innings of their debut matches, but then failed to live up to their early promise.

Notable examples[edit]

As of September 2006, there had been 377 players who have only played one Test match.[7] Some of the best performances by these players are:

About one in eight Test cricketers are only picked once.[1] Occasionally, one-Test wonders have been recalled to Test cricket after a gap of several years. One example was Ryan Sidebottom, who was recalled for his second Test in 2007 after his debut in 2001.[18] Coincidentally his father, Arnie Sidebottom, was a one-Test wonder.[19]

Darren Pattinson is an unusual one-test wonder in that he played a single test for England, while his brother James Pattinson had a more successful Test career with Australia.

As of May 2007, fourteen one-Test wonders have also played in a single One Day International for their team.[15]


  1. ^ a b Huw Richards (6 June 2007). "Cricket: Sidebottom lifts family curse". New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Martin Bowerman (14 December 2006). "No shame in one-Test wonder". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Is WA's Chris Rogers a one-Test wonder". The Sunday Times (Western Australia). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Darren Walton (6 November 2008). "Turner no longer a one-Test wonder". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Narendra Hirwani took 8/61 and 8/75 for India in the fourth Test against West Indies at Madras in January 1988.[1]
  6. ^ Bob Massie took 8/84 and 8/53 for Australia in the second Test against England at Lord's in June 1972.[2]
  7. ^ The 377 One-Test wonders in September 2006 exclude Alan Jones, who played one "Test" for England against a Rest of the World XI in 1970 which was later stripped of Test status, and never played for England again - The uncapped One-Test wonder, Cricinfo, September 9, 2006.
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  10. ^ "Vic Stollmeyer". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  11. ^ Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Stuart Law
  12. ^ [5]
  13. ^ [6]
  14. ^ Best performances by One-Test wonders, Stump Bearders No 33, BBC Sport, 20 August 2002.
  15. ^ a b One-match wonders, and Shah's second chance, Cricinfo, May 16, 2007
  16. ^ Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Rajindernath
  17. ^ "Ireland legend Ed Joyce retires from all cricket". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  18. ^ Cricinfo - Glowing in the cold
  19. ^ Cricinfo - Sidebottom ready for long-awaited second chance

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