5 players who made a successful transition from limited-overs cricket to Tests
Cricketers who played quite a lot of limited-overs cricket before becoming successful Test cricketers.
Tests are considered to be the gold standard in the cricketing world and every player wants to make his mark in the longest format. While there are some cricketers who get early exposure in the Test arena, there are others who spend a long time playing the shorter formats before getting a taste of five-day cricket.
Making a transition from limited-overs cricket to Tests does not come easy and there are many instances of successful ODI and T20I players failing to perform in the longer version of the game. However, there are a few players who did well in Test cricket after spending a considerable amount of time in the shorter versions of the game
Here are 5 popular cricketers who made this successful transition:
5. Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
ODI Debut: 10 December 2005
Test Debut: 8 November 2007
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is arguably the most feared bowler to have played cricket in the past decade or so. This reputation of his was built primarily due to the way in which he tormented batsmen all around with his lethal brand of pace bowling in Test cricket.
However, almost two years before he emerged on the Test scene, Johnson made his ODI debut against New Zealand in the 2005/06 Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The left-arm pacer performed well in 50-over cricket for quite a while before he earned his maiden call-up to the Australian Test team.
Since then, Mitchell Johnson started playing regularly in the longer format and became the spearhead of the Aussie pace attack late in his career.