March 4, 2013

Would you like a hyphen with that?

Nathan Coulter-Nile is the 12th double-barrelled international for a Test-playing country. Here are the ones who preceded him

Chuck Fleetwood-Smith
Leslie O'Brien Fleetwood-Smith sounded more like an Oxford Blue than the earthy Aussie he was - a talented but wayward slow left-armer with an eye for the ladies and a penchant for whistling as he bowled. "Chuck" was unplayable on his day (ten wickets in the 1936-37 Adelaide Test), but expensive at times (a Test-record 1 for 298 at The Oval in 1938 as Len Hutton made 364). In later life he lived on the streets for a while, a sad ending for such a fine player.

Mandy Mitchell-Innes
Norman "Mandy" Mitchell-Innes really was an Oxford Blue, and also played for Somerset. A stylish batsman, he was plucked out of the university side in 1935 to play against South Africa at Trent Bridge, but made only 5. Selected for the next Test, he pulled out, pleading bad hay fever. His hopes of winning another cap receded when, feeling better, he scored a century for Oxford at The Oval while the Test he was supposed to be playing in was going on across the river at Lord's.

Freddie Gough-Calthorpe
The Honourable Frederick Somerset Gough-Calthorpe ("Honourable" because his father was a lord) was a capable allrounder who had a long career for Warwickshire, captaining them throughout the 1920s. Early in 1930 he skippered the first England team to play Tests in the West Indies, and emerged with a 1-1 draw despite his side containing two 50-year-olds and several others the wrong side of 40. In the final Test, Freddie established a record by waiving the follow-on despite a lead of 563: instead, England batted on to set a target of 836. It was a timeless Test, so it shouldn't have mattered - but it rained for two days, and the match had to be left drawn as England's boat was about to leave for home. Commentator Henry Blofeld is Calthorpe's nephew.

Hugh Bromley-Davenport
A fine schoolboy bowler at Eton, left-armer Hugh Bromley-Davenport later played for Cambridge University and Middlesex. A sociable tourist, he made two trips to South Africa - where he played his four Tests - and the West Indies twice as well, in pre-Test days, taking 7 for 17 in a first-class game during one visit. He also scored 84 in Johannesburg in 1895-96.

Percy Twentyman-Jones
After scoring 50 in Western Province's total of 80 against the 1902-03 Australian tourists, Twentyman-Jones was called up for the third Test of their tour, but bagged a pair on a difficult pitch in Cape Town. He had earlier played rugby for South Africa too. He later became a noted sports administrator, and a Supreme Court judge.

Glen Bruk-Jackson
A fine schoolboy player, Bruk-Jackson played in two of Zimbabwe's early Tests, but found Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram a bit of a handful. He made 31 on debut in December 1993 before being "Waqared", but managed only eight runs in three more innings, and never played again.

Tuppy Owen-Smith
Selected for South Africa's 1929 tour of England at the age of 20, Harold "Tuppy" Owen-Smith made more than 1000 runs, the highlight a rapid century at Headingley, which included a rollicking last-wicket stand of 103 in 63 minutes with Sandy Bell. Owen-Smith later returned to study medicine at Oxford, played cricket for Middlesex - and captained England at rugby union.

George Simpson-Hayward
A Cambridge Blue who also played for Worcestershire, George Simpson-Hayward was the last underarm bowler to play for England. He appeared in all five Tests in South Africa in 1909-10, taking 23 wickets with his lobs, including 6 for 43 in the first innings of the series in Johannesburg, and 5 for 69 when the teams returned to the Old Wanderers ground for the third Test. Wisden tried to explain his success: "He seldom flighted the ball like the ordinary lob bowler and did not often use spin from leg. In fact, he was quite unusual with the speed at which he could make the ball, delivered with low trajectory, break from the off."

Jon Fellows-Smith
A strong, hard-hitting allrounder from Transvaal, "Pom Pom" Fellows-Smith also played for Oxford and Northamptonshire before being called up for South Africa's 1960 visit to England. He made 863 runs on the tour as a whole, but - like most of his team-mates - had a modest time in the Tests.

Eboo Essop-Adam
Ebrahim "Eboo" Essop-Adam was one of the first non-white players to appear for Zimbabwe, although his international career was limited to a solitary one-dayer, against New Zealand in Harare in November 1992 - in a game that, uniquely, was played on the rest day of a Test match. Essop-Adam was a handy batsman, despite being on the short side, and a fine fielder.

Bertie Rose-Innes
A slow left-armer who was also a useful batsman, Rose-Innes played in what became recognised as South Africa's first Test matches, at home to England in 1888-89. In common with most of his outclassed team-mates, Rose-Innes had little success with the bat - he was the first South African to face a ball in a Test, but was soon out for a duck - but he did take 5 for 43 later in that inaugural match in Port Elizabeth.

12th man
Henry (later Sir Henry) Leveson Gower had a long and distinguished career as a player for Oxford and Surrey, and later became a noted administrator. "Shrimp" also captained England in three Tests in South Africa in 1909-10. But strictly speaking he didn't have a hyphen in his surname, although it is occasionally incorrectly rendered with one. Still, I've seen Messrs Rose-Innes and Twentyman-Jones just called Innes and Jones, so it's difficult to be sure!

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013

Comments