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List of cricketers who have played for two international teams

As of 14 November 2019, fifteen players have played Test cricket for two nations, fourteen have played One Day International (ODI) cricket for two teams, and nine have played Twenty20 International (T20I) matches for two teams, and three have played for two teams in different international formats.[1]

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, players who had represented two international teams had been born in one country and moved to another with family. There were no clear rules on which nation one could represent, so switching was possible. More recently, citizenship has become the defining attribute as to whether a player can represent more than one international team.[2] The eligibility policy set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) states that a cricketer who has played for a Full Member side must wait three years since their last match before playing for an Associate team. However, if a cricketer plays for an Associate team first, they can switch to a Full Member team the next day.[3]

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."[4] 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.[5]

Kepler Wessels played both Test and ODI cricket for South Africa and Australia, while Guyana-born Clayton Lambert became the first cricketer to play just ODIs for two nations – after playing eleven matches for the West Indies between 1990 and 1998 (also five Tests), he played a single ODI for the United States in 2004. Barbados-born Anderson Cummins made 63 ODI appearances for the West Indies before playing 13 times for Canada after a twelve-year gap. Gavin Hamilton played his only Test for one team (England) and his entire ODI and T20I career for another (Scotland) and Ryan Campbell played his entire ODI career solely for one team (Australia) and his entire T20I career solely for another team (Hong Kong). Gregory Strydom played ODIs for Zimbabwe in 2006 and T20Is for Cayman Islands in 2019. Both Dougie Brown and Ed Joyce began their international careers with England before switching teams, to Scotland and Ireland, while Eoin Morgan and Boyd Rankin made the opposite move, beginning with Ireland before switching to England. Luke Ronchi became the first player since Kepler Wessels to play for two Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), making his ODI and T20I debuts for New Zealand in 2013 after having played for Australia in both formats five years earlier.

Note: These lists include only those players who have played Test matches, ODIs or T20Is accredited by the International Cricket Council.

KeyEdit

General

  • Career – Year of debut to year of last game
  • Matches – Number of matches played

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Test cricketEdit

 
J. J. Ferris played Test cricket for both Australia and England.
 
Iftikhar Ali Khan, the 8th Nawab of Pataudi, is the only cricketer to have played for both England and India.

Fifteen players have represented two nations in Test cricket.

Name Team Career Matches Runs HS Avg 100 Wkt BB Avg 5WI Ct St Ref(s)
Batting Bowling Fielding
Billy Midwinter   Australia 1877–87 8 174 37 13.38 0 14 5/78 23.78 1 5 0 [6][7]
  England 1881–82 4 95 36 13.57 0 10 4/81 27.20 0 5 0
Billy Murdoch   Australia 1877–90 18 896 211 32.00 2 14 0 [8][9]
  England 1892 1 12 12 12.00 0 0 1
J. J. Ferris   Australia 1887–90 8 98 20* 8.16 0 48 5/26 14.25 4 4 0 [10]
  England 1892 1 16 16 16.00 0 13 7/37 7.00 2 0 0
Sammy Woods   Australia 1888 3 32 18 5.33 0 5 2/35 24.20 0 1 0 [11]
  England 1896 3 122 53 30.50 0 5 3/28 25.80 0 4 0
Frank Hearne   England 1889 2 47 27 23.50 0 1 0 [12]
  South Africa 1892–96 4 121 30 15.12 0 2 2/40 20.00 0 2 0
Albert Trott   Australia 1895 3 205 85* 102.50 0 9 8/43 21.33 1 4 0 [13][14]
  England 1899 2 23 16 5.75 0 17 5/49 11.64 1 0 0
Frank Mitchell   England 1899 2 88 41 22.00 0 2 0 [15]
  South Africa 1912 3 28 12 4.66 0 0 0
Nawab of Pataudi (snr)   England 1932–34 3 144 102 28.80 1 0 0 [16][17]
  India 1946 3 55 22 11.00 0 0 0
Gul Mohammad   India 1946–52 8 166 34 11.06 0 2 2/21 12.00 0 3 0 [18]
  Pakistan 1956 1 39 27* 39.00 0 0 0
Abdul Hafeez Kardar   India 1946 3 80 43 16.00 0 1 0 [19]
  Pakistan 1952–58 23 847 93 24.91 0 21 3/35 45.42 0 15 0
Amir Elahi   India 1947 1 17 13 8.50 0 0 0 [20]
  Pakistan 1952 5 65 47 10.83 0 7 4/134 35.42 0 0 0
Sammy Guillen   West Indies 1951–52 5 104 54 26.00 0 9 2 [21]
  New Zealand 1956 3 98 41 16.33 0 4 1
Kepler Wessels   Australia 1982–85 24 1761 179 42.95 4 0 0 18 0 [22]
  South Africa 1992–94 16 1027 118 38.03 2 12 0
John Traicos   South Africa 1970 3 8 5* 4.00 0 4 2/70 51.75 0 4 0 [23]
  Zimbabwe 1992–93 4 11 5 2.75 0 14 5/86 40.14 1 4 0
Boyd Rankin   England 2014 1 13 13 6.50 0 1 1/47 81.00 0 0 0 [24]
  Ireland 2018 1 23 17 11.50 0 3 2/75 44.00 0 0 0

One Day International cricketEdit

 
Ed Joyce played 17 ODIs for England before representing Ireland.
 
Eoin Morgan has played ODIs for Ireland before playing for England.

Fourteen men have played international cricket for two ODI teams. List updated to 6 November 2019 (ODI#4213).

Name Team Career Matches Runs HS Avg 100 Wkt BB Avg 4WI Ct St Ref(s)
Batting Bowling Fielding
Kepler Wessels   Australia 1983–85 54 1740 107 36.25 1 18 2/16 36.38 0 19 0 [25][22]
  South Africa 1991–94 55 1627 90 32.54 2 0 0 30 0
Clayton Lambert   West Indies 1990–98 12 368 119 33.45 1 0 0 0 0 [25][26]
  USA 2004 1 39 39 39.00 0 0 0 0 0
Anderson Cummins   West Indies 1991–95 63 459 44* 15.30 0 78 5/31 28.79 3 11 0 [25][27][28]
  Canada 2007 13 27 9* 4.50 0 13 3/60 48.53 0 3 0
Dougie Brown   England 1997–98 9 99 21 24.75 0 7 2/28 43.57 0 1 0 [25][29][30]
  Scotland 2006–07 16 220 50* 15.71 0 15 3/37 40.93 0 3 0
Geraint Jones   England 2004–06 49 815 80 24.69 0 68 4 [25][31]
  PNG 2014 2 47 25 23.50 0 0 0
Ed Joyce   England 2006–07 17 471 107 27.70 1 6 0 [25][32][33]
  Ireland 2011–18 61 2151 160* 41.36 5 21 0
Eoin Morgan   Ireland 2006–09 23 744 115 35.42 1 9 0 [25][34][35]
  England 2009–19 210 6604 148 40.26 12 74 0
Boyd Rankin   Ireland 2007–12
2016–19
66 81 18* 6.75 0 94 4/15 28.21 3 16 0 [25][36]
  England 2013–14 7 5 4 5.00 0 10 4/46 24.10 1 0 0
Luke Ronchi   Australia 2008 4 76 64 38.00 0 5 2 [25][37][38]
  New Zealand 2013–17 81 1321 170* 23.17 1 100 10
Mark Chapman   Hong Kong 2015 2 151 124* 151.00 1 12 0 [25]
  New Zealand 2018 3 9 8 3.00 0 0 0
Xavier Marshall   West Indies 2005–09 24 375 157* 17.85 1 9 0 [25]
  United States 2019 5 52 17 10.40 0 2 0
Roelof van der Merwe   South Africa 2009–10 13 39 12 9.75 0 17 3/27 33.00 0 3 0 [25][39]
  Netherlands 2019 2 57 57 57.00 0 1 1/57 97.00 0 1 0
Rusty Theron   South Africa 2010 4 5 5 5.00 0 12 5/44 14.41 1 4 0 [25][40]
  United States 2019 1 0 0 0.00 0 1 1/37 37.00 0 0 0
Hayden Walsh   USA 2019 1 27 27 77.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [41]
  West Indies 2019

Twenty20 International cricketEdit

Nine cricketers have represented two countries in T20I cricket. List updated to 5 November 2019 (T20I#1001).

Name Team Career Matches Runs HS Avg 50 Wkt BB Avg 4WI Ct St Ref(s)
Batting Bowling Fielding
Ed Joyce   England 2006–07 2 1 1 1.00 0 0 0 [42][43]
  Ireland 2012–14 16 404 78* 36.72 1 5 0
Luke Ronchi   Australia 2008–09 3 47 36 23.50 0 0 0 [42]
  New Zealand 2013–17 29 312 51* 18.35 1 24 5
Dirk Nannes   Netherlands 2009 2 6 6 6.00 0 1 1/26 56.00 0 0 0 [42][44]
  Australia 2009–10 15 16 12* 16.00 0 27 4/18 14.92 1 1 0
Boyd Rankin   Ireland 2009–12
2016–19
38 55 16* 11.00 0 44 3/16 21.45 0 13 0 [42]
  England 2013 2 1 1/24 24.00 0 0 0
Roelof van der Merwe   South Africa 2009–10 13 57 48 19.00 0 14 2/14 21.78 0 6 0 [42]
  Netherlands 2015–19 30 397 75* 28.35 2 40 4/35 15.82 0 13 0
Mark Chapman   Hong Kong 2014–16 19 392 63* 23.05 1 3 1/10 25.66 0 4 0 [42]
  New Zealand 2018 5 83 37* 20.75 0 3 0
Xavier Marshall   West Indies 2008–09 6 96 36 16.00 0 3 0 [42]
  United States 2019 7 87 31 12.42 0 1 0
Izatullah Dawlatzai   Afghanistan 2012 4 0 0* 0 6 3/33 22.33 0 1 0 [42]
  Germany 2019 10 26 24* 26.00 0 12 3/23 17.58 0 2 0
Hayden Walsh   USA 2019 8 114 28 19.00 0 6 2/21 20.00 0 2 0 [45]
  West Indies 2019

OthersEdit

Gavin Hamilton played one Test match for England before making 50 appearances for Scotland in ODIs (38) and Twenty20 Internationals (12).[46] Ryan Campbell played two ODI matches for Australia, and also played three T20I matches for Hong Kong.[47] Gregory Strydom played ODIs for Zimbabwe in 2006 and T20Is for Cayman Islands in 2019.[48]

Women's cricketEdit

ODIs for two teams


T20I for two teams


Multiple formats

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