5 International Cricketers who have played for two countries

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A total of 27 cricketers have represented two countries in the international game of cricket. Some have played ODIs some have played Tests some have played T20 only and some have also played all three formats of cricket. Kepler Wessels was the first player to do so.

With a handful of 27 cricketers, this article will feature only 5 of them that are famous. You may know some of these players as they have already created several unbelievable world records which still stand tall in the modern era of cricket.

#5 Kepler Wessels- Australia and South Africa

Kepler Wessels was the first and last player who has played ODI Cricket for these two countries-South Africa and Australia. He started playing the game of cricket when he was just six-years-old.

Wessels made his International debut for Australia on 26 November 1982 at The Gabba in Brisbane where he played against the national team of England. In 1989, he also played for South Africa against the team of England.

In 1990, racial segregation in the South African national cricket team led to ICC banning them. But later in 1991, the ban was removed.

After which the South African national cricket team was allowed to play in ODIs as well as in Test cricket. In the World Cup of 1992, Wessels was chosen to lead the South African team as a captain. In 1994, he announced his retirement from Test cricket. Later in 2008, he coached the Chennai Super Kings in IPL.

#4 Ed Joyce- England and Ireland

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Ed Joyce has played for Ireland and England on and off. Joyce was born on 22 September 1978 in Dublin, Ireland. He made his ODI debut for his homeland team of Ireland in 2006 and played there till 2007 before qualifying to play for the national team of England in 2007. In the meantime, he played over 70 matches for Ireland.

He played for England till the year 2010 before returning to Ireland once again. The reason he gives for this transition from the English to the Irish colours was, he was being overlooked in the team after he dropped a catch in the first Super Eight game.

He played only 17 ODI matches for England in which he scored 471 runs. Joyce announced his retirement from all the formats of the game of cricket on 24 May 2018. Since then he has not been seen playing on the cricket field. He is a left-handed batsman who was mostly featured as the opening batsman in the game of cricket.

#3 Luke Ronchi- Australia and New Zealand

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Luke Ronchi was born in Dannevirke, New Zealand on 23 April 1981. He's the second player to represent two ICC Member countries, after Kepler Wessels. During Australia's tour of West Indies in 2008, Ronchi was named to be the replacement for Brad Haddin after the wicketkeeper broke his finger.

There he went on to play a few games during which he became the second Australian player to score the fastest-50, scoring 64 runs from 28 balls. In the year 2013, Ronchi was announced in the international squad of New Zealand.

He played for the two countries of Australia and New Zealand and became the first player ever to do so. Ronchi announced his retirement from International cricket on 22nd June after playing his last match in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. The 37-year-old is a right-handed batsman who also played as a wicketkeeper.

#2 Dougie Brown- England and Scotland

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Dougie Brown was born in the nation of Scotland on 29 October 1969. Before setting his focus on the game of cricket, he has also played Soccer and Rugby. In 1992, Brown played his first match ever for the national cricket team of Scotland and where he played for several cricket formats.

During the time, Brown scored 125000 runs and took 850 wickets. In 1997, he was one of the England international cricket team players to play at the Champions Trophy at Sharjah. There he went on to play a few games after which he returned to his home country of Scotland in the year 2006.

After that, he made his several appearances in ICC Trophy as well as in T20 fixture. In 2007, he suffered a severe Achilles tendon injury due to which he announced his retirement from the game of cricket. Now he is acting as a coach for the national team of UAE. He is a right-handed batsman with right-arm fast-medium bowling skills.

#1 Eoin Morgan- Ireland and England

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Eoin Morgan was born on 10 September 1986. At the European Championships, he made his debut for the team of Ireland playing against Scotland on 5 August 2006. There he scored 99 runs before getting run out. Morgan played in 2007 World Cup. There he went to score just 87 runs 91 innings.

In 2009, Morgan played cricket for England. He made his ODI debut for England playing against West Indies. Since then he has played for England and has captained the team. Throughout his ODI cricket career, he has played in 208 matches in which he has scored 6362 runs with 11 centuries by his side.

Morgan has also played in the IPL for several teams like RCB, KKR, SRH, and KXIP. He became the first man to break Jos Butler's fastest-50 ODI record scoring his 50 only in 21 balls. The 31-year-old is a left-handed batsman and is often known as the "Finisher".

Edited by Kishan Prasad


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