List of England cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut

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Alfred Shaw was the first player to take five wickets on his debut for England in Test cricket. AlfredShaw RedLillywhite1876.jpg
Alfred Shaw was the first player to take five wickets on his debut for England in Test cricket.

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer") [1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a significant achievement. [2] As of 2021, 159 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on their debut in a Test match, [3] with 47 of them being England players. [4] Alfred Shaw was the first Englishman to take a five wicket haul at Test debut. He took five wickets for 38 runs in the first Test of the history, against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877, but could not prevent England's defeat. Two Australian bowlers also picked up fifers in the same match. [5] The most recent Englishman to achieve the feat was Toby Roland-Jones. He took five wickets for 57 runs against South Africa at the Oval in July 2017. [6] [7] Dominic Cork's seven wickets for 43 runs against West Indies in the second Test of the 1995 series are the best bowling figures for an Englishman on debut. [8] [9]

Contents

Key

Dominic Cork has the best bowling figures by an England debutant. DominicCork.JPG
Dominic Cork has the best bowling figures by an England debutant.
SymbolMeaning
DateDate the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
InnThe innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
OversNumber of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
WktsNumber of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
BatsmenThe batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
ResultThe result for the England team in that match
Dagger-14-plain.pngBowler selected as "Man of the match"
Double-dagger-14-plain.png10 wickets or more taken in the match
DrawnThe match was drawn

Five-wicket hauls

No.BowlerDateGroundAgainstInnOvers [lower-alpha 1] RunsWktsEcon [lower-alpha 2] BatsmenResult
1 Alfred Shaw 15 March 1877 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia Flag placeholder.svg Australia 234 [lower-alpha 3] 3851.67Lost [5]
2 Fred Morley 6 September 1880 The Oval, London, United Kingdom Flag placeholder.svg Australia 332 [lower-alpha 3] 5652.62Won [11]
3 Bobby Peel 12 December 1884 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, AustraliaFlag placeholder.svg Australia 340.1 [lower-alpha 3] 5151.90Won [12]
4 C. Aubrey Smith 12 March 1889 St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa Flag placeholder.svg South Africa 113.2 [lower-alpha 3] 1952.11Won [13]
5 [lower-alpha 4] Frederick Martin Double-dagger-14-plain.png11 August 1890The Oval, London, United KingdomFlag placeholder.svg Australia 127 [lower-alpha 5] 5062.22Won [14]
330.2 [lower-alpha 5] 5262.05
6 Bill Lockwood 17 July 1893Lord's, London, United KingdomFlag placeholder.svg Australia 245 [lower-alpha 5] 10162.69Drawn [15]
7 [lower-alpha 6] Tom Richardson Double-dagger-14-plain.png24 August 1893 Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomFlag placeholder.svg Australia 123.4 [lower-alpha 5] 4952.47Drawn [16]
344 [lower-alpha 5] 10752.91
8 Christopher Heseltine 2 March 1896 Old Wanderers, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag placeholder.svg South Africa 416.23852.78Won [17]
9 Bill Bradley 17 July 1899Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomFlag placeholder.svg Australia 233 [lower-alpha 5] 6752.43Drawn [18]
10 Sydney Barnes 13 December 1901 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, AustraliaFlag placeholder.svg Australia 235.16551.84Drawn [19]
11 Len Braund 13 December 1901Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, AustraliaFlag of Australia (1901-1903).svg  Australia 328.46152.12Drawn [19]
12 Arnold Warren 3 July 1905 Headingley, Leeds, United KingdomFlag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Australia 219.25752.94Drawn [20]
13 Walter Lees 2 January 1906Old Wanderers, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag placeholder.svg South Africa 223.13451.46Lost [21]
14 Douglas Carr 9 August 1909The Oval, London, United KingdomFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 13414654.29Drawn [22]
15 George Simpson-Hayward 1 January 1910Old Wanderers, Johannesburg, South AfricaSouth Africa Flag 1910-1912.svg  South Africa 1164362.68Lost [23]
16 Frank Foster 15 December 1911Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, AustraliaFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 331.39252.92Lost [24]
17 George Macaulay 1 January 1923 Newlands, Cape Town, South AfricaRed Ensign of South Africa (1912-1951).svg  South Africa 3376451.64Won [25]
18 Wally Hammond 24 December 1927Newlands, Cape Town, South AfricaRed Ensign of South Africa (1912-1951).svg  South Africa 321.23651.68Won [26]
19 Maurice Allom 10 January 1930 Lancaster Park, Christchurch, New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1193852.00Won [27]
20 James Langridge 22 July 1933Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 3175673.29Drawn [28]
21 [lower-alpha 7] Charles Marriott Double-dagger-14-plain.png12 August 1933The Oval, London, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 211.53753.12Won [29]
329.25962.01
22 [lower-alpha 8] Ken Farnes Double-dagger-14-plain.png8 June 1934 Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United KingdomFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 140.210252.52Lost [30]
3257753.08
23 Jim Smith 8 January 1935 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 381652.00Won [31]
24 Reg Perks 3 March 1939 Kingsmead, Durban, South AfricaFlag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 141 [lower-alpha 9] 10051.82Drawn [32]
25 Bill Copson 24 June 1939Lord's, London, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 141 [lower-alpha 9] 10051.82Won [33]
26 Alec Bedser Double-dagger-14-plain.png22 June 1946Lord's, London, United KingdomFlag of India.svg  India 129.14971.68Won [34]
27 Dick Pollard 20 July 1946Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomFlag of India.svg  India 2272450.88Won [35]
28 Jim Laker 21 January 1948Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, BarbadosWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 13710372.78Drawn [36]
29 Trevor Bailey 11 June 1949Headingley, Leeds, United KingdomFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 232.311863.63Drawn [37]
30 Bob Berry 8 June 1950Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 231.56351.97Won [38]
31 Bob Appleyard 1 July 1954Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United KingdomFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1175153.00Won [39]
32 Len Coldwell 21 June 1962Lord's, London, United KingdomFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 3418562.07Won [40]
33 David Larter 16 August 1962The Oval, London, United KingdomFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 2255752.28Won [41]
34 Ken Shuttleworth 27 November 1970 The Gabba, Brisbane, AustraliaFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 317.5 [lower-alpha 9] 4752.00Drawn [42]
35 Phil Edmonds 14 August 1975Headingley, Leeds, United KingdomFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2202851.40Drawn [43]
36 John Lever Double-dagger-14-plain.png17 December 1976 Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi, India Flag of India.svg  India 2234672.00Won [44]
37 Ian Botham 28 July 1977Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United KingdomFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1207453.70Won [45]
38 Nick Cook 11 August 1983Lord's, London, United KingdomFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2263551.34Won [46]
39 Neil Mallender 23 July 1992Headingley, Leeds, United KingdomFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 3235052.17Won [47]
40 Peter Such 3 June 1993Old Trafford, Manchester, United KingdomFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 133.36762.00Lost [48]
41 Dominic Cork Dagger-14-plain.png22 June 1995Lord's, London, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 419.34772.20Won [49]
42 James Anderson 22 May 2003Lord's, London, United KingdomFlag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 2167354.56Won [50]
43 Richard Johnson Dagger-14-plain.png5 June 2003 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, United KingdomFlag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 2123362.75Won [51]
44 James Kirtley Dagger-14-plain.png14 August 2003Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United KingdomFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 416.23462.08Won [52]
45 Graham Onions 6 May 2009Lord's, London, United KingdomWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 29.33854.00Won [53]
46 Adil Rashid 13 October 2015 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 315.56453.39Drawn [54]
47 Toby Roland-Jones 27 July 2017The Oval, London, United KingdomFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 216.45753.42Won [55]

Notes

  1. Unless otherwise stated, an over consists of 6 legal deliveries.
  2. Calculated as the runs conceded off a 6-ball over.
  3. 1 2 3 4 4-ball overs were used in this match. [10]
  4. Frederick Martin took 6 wickets in both innings of his first Test Match. Both innings are listed, but he is only counted once.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 5-ball overs were used in this match. [10]
  6. Tom Richardson took 5 wickets in both innings of his first Test Match. Both innings are listed, but he is only counted once.
  7. Charles Marriott took 5 wickets in the first innings of his first Test Match, and 6 in the second innings. Both innings are listed, but he is only counted once.
  8. Ken Farnes took 5 wickets in both innings of his first Test Match. Both innings are listed, but he is only counted once.
  9. 1 2 3 8-ball overs were used in this match. [10]

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