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5 England players who had a great first class career but didn’t shine in Test cricket

Nothing pains a true cricket fan more than an unfulfilled potential, but Test cricket has a rather cruel way of exposing flaws.

Graeme Hick made his debut for England in 1991

For any cricketer, making it into Test cricket is a daunting task that demands a lot of discipline, hard work and sacrifices. But, to last in international cricket, living up to the expectations of the country and overcoming the sheer pressure at the highest level of the game is a different thing altogether.

Nothing pains a true cricket fan more than unfulfilled potential, a youngster who has the talent but fails to achieve anything great. But sadly, potential is not always converted into performance.

England, over the years, has gifted many special players to the world of cricket. The likes of Geoffrey Boycott, David Gower, Graham Gooch and Ian Botham have had inspiring careers and spread the glory of the game we love. But, there have also been cases where a few English cricketers excelled in county cricket but failed to replicate their performances in Test cricket.

Here, we look at five such England cricketers who had a great First class record but failed to shine in Test cricket.


#1 Graeme Hick

If you are an England fan and if you happen to have a time machine you would probably want to turn back the years and give this big right-handed batsman another chance to prove his talent in Test cricket. Such was his talent, but that talent didn’t completely transform into runs in international cricket.

One of the most prolific run scorers in England county cricket, Hick was pure bliss to watch when in full flow. The classy batsman played as many as 526 first class games and amassed 41,112 runs at an impressive average of 52. He scored the majority of his runs for Worcestershire.

Format

Matches

Runs

Average

100s

Highest

First class

526

41112

53.23

136

405*

Test cricket

65

3383

31.32

6

178

But, Hick failed to perform consistently at the international level. He played 65 games and scored 3383 runs, and there was a lot of promise shown, but not enough performances to fetch him a permanent place in the team.

He made sporadic appearances in the national team in a career spanning over ten years. But as injuries took a toll on his body, his chance of a return was slim. He eventually retired in 2001 but continued playing county cricket till 2008. He became a coach post his retirement and was appointed as the Australian batting coach in September 2016.

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