4 siblings who represented different countries

James Pattinson and Darren Pattinson
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Siblings playing together is not an uncommon thing in sports. It is how most players start playing at the young age and some of them take it to the highest level. We have witnessed it on numerous occasions in football and cricket is no different in that aspect.

We have watched some famous siblings in cricket. Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh (Australia), Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell (Australia), Andy Flower and Grant Flower (Zimbabwe), Albie Morkel and Morne Morkel (South Africa), and Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (India) have dominated the game together for a long time.

All these siblings played together for their country but what about brothers who represented two different countries? It is definitely not a common sight in cricket and only a very few siblings have done that in the history of the sport.

Without much ado, let's take a look at the four siblings who represented two different countries in cricket.

#1 Darren Pattinson (England) and James Pattinson (Australia)

Darren Pattinson is the older brother of James Pattinson. He was born in Lincolnshire, England while his younger brother James was born in Melbourne, Australia.

Darren made his first-class debut for Victoria in 2007 and played only two first-class matches in his debut season. He then moved to England to continue his professional cricketing career. His great form for Nottinghamshire earned him a call-up to England Test team in 2008 and he did not wait long to make his debut.

James made his debut for Australia at the age of 20. He went on to play 17 Tests, 15 One Day Internationals, and 4 Twenty20Is for Australia, compared to Darren's solitary Test match for England. The 28-year-old's career was hampered by injuries and his last appearance for Australia was in 2016.

#2 Ed Joyce (England and Ireland) and Dom Joyce (Ireland)

Dom Joyce and Ed Joyce

Ed Joyce and Dom Joyce come from a cricketing family. Five Joyce siblings have played cricket for Ireland. Ed Joyce, Dom Joyce, and Gus Joyce have played for the men’s team while Cecelia Joyce and Isobel Joyce represented women’s team.

Amongst the Joyce siblings, Ed was the one who played cricket for a long time. He has played one Test, 61 One Day Internationals, and 16 Twenty20Is for Ireland. Ed has also played international cricket for England (17 ODIs and 2 T20)

Apart from Ed, all of his siblings played cricket only for Ireland. Dom Joyce has played three One Day Internationals for Ireland and played against his brother Ed on his Ireland ODI debut.

#3 Harry Trott (Australia) and Albert Trott (Australia and England)

Albert Trott
Albert Trott

Harry Trott was one of the famous Australian captains of the 18th century. Harry was an all-rounder who played international cricket for Australia in the 1890’s. Highly regarded as a captain, Harry has represented Australia in 24 Test matches. He has scored 921 runs and picked up 29 wickets.

Harry’s brother, Albert, played international cricket for Australia and England. He made his Test debut for Australia in 1894. Despite some great performances in his debut series, he was dropped for the next tour and Albert decided to move to England.

One of the greatest all-rounders of his generation, Albert has played three Tests for Australia and two Tests for England. He has picked up 26 wickets and scored 228 runs from his five Tests. Albert was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1899.

#4 Frank Hearne (England and South Africa) & George Hearne and Alec Hearne (England)

Frank Hearne
Frank Hearne

Brothers Frank, Alec, and George Gibbons were members of the famous Hearne cricketing family. Alec Hearne played professional cricket in England and made one Test appearance for England. He has played 488 first-class games and scored more than 16,000 runs and picked up 1160 wickets.

George Gibbons Hearne also played cricket in England. Just like his brother Alec, George has played only one Test for England. He has scored more than 9000 runs and picked up 686 wickets in his 328 first-class games.

Frank Hearne, however, played international cricket for two countries. He started his career with England and then moved to South Africa. He has played two Tests for England and four Tests for South Africa.

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava


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