Cover Point's Festive International XI

by Rupert Heather

Having nothing better to do than trawl through a list of International cricketers on Wikipedia means you're either snowed in or slightly obsessive, or both. Mind you, having given myself the task of finding 11 Internationals with festive names, and not expecting much, the results are surprising.  The criteria are that players have appeared in Test, ODI or Twenty20 games. And yes, I am snowed in and slightly obsessive.

1. Rev David Shepherd

In 1954 he captained England in two tests in the absence of Len Hutton. Played 33 test innings with an average of 37.80, highest score 119.

2. Jacques Rudolph

With an unbeaten 222 in his debut Test innings, Jacques Rudolph vindicated those who believed that he had been a victim of reverse discrimination in South African cricket.

3. Kenny Carroll

Kenneth Edward Desmond Carroll (born March 22, 1983 in Booterstown, Dublin)

Is an Irish cricketer. Educated at Oatlands College, Stillorgan.  (sorry Kenny!)

4. Bryan Yuile

 He played 17 test Matches for the New Zealand national team in the 1960's.

5. Joe Partridge

Joseph Titus Partridge was a South African cricketer who played in eleven Tests from 1963 to 1965

6. Cyril Merry

Merry was a hard hitting right handed batsman and occasional bowler who had played only a handful of matches for Trinidad before he was picked for the 1933 West Indies tour for England.

7. Robin Smith

He played for England in 11 home test series and on six overseas tours from 1988- 1996. Smith was best known for his abilities against fast bowling, with what was regarded as a trademark square-cut that was hit ferociously.

8. Billy Midwinter

Was a cricketer who played four Test matches for England, sandwiched in between eight tests that he played for Australia.  Midwinter holds a unique place in cricket history as the only cricketer to have played for Australia and England in Test matches against each other.

9. Paul Wiseman

Born 4th of May 1970 in Auckland, is a New Zealand cricketer, more specifically an off spin bowler. "Wiz", as he is nicknamed.

10.      Jo Angel

Angel was a giant fast bowler from Western Australia. 6' 6 a big, strapping man, he had a ungainly and lumbering approach to the wicket and hit the deck hard. On the fast WACA Ground, his bounce was a threat and lot of his wickets in the domestic circle came from playing on this pitch.

11.   Adam Hollioake

Hollioake had a relatively short Test match career, playing in four matches for England at the end of 1997 and the beginning of 1998. He achieved greater success in One Day Internationals, playing in 35 matches from 1996 to 1999.

12th man 

John Snow

Despite being the son of a country vicar and publishing two volumes of poetry Snow was England's most formidable fast bowler between Fred Trueman and Bob Willis and played Test matches with both of them at either end of his career. He is known for bowling England to victory against the West Indies in 1967.

Others that didn't make the team : Adam Gilchrist, Sylvester Joseph, Graham Beard, Robert Callender, Roger Woolley, Morice Bird, Harry Makepeace, Reon King


Feroze Butt (I kid you not!!) - Pakistan: Umpired 1 test in 1990

Mohammad Gulzar Mir - Pakistan: Umpired 1 test in 1969

Please leave your own suggestions!!


By Rupert Heather




12/20/2010 11:25:09 PM #

Dickie Bird surely as umpire, serious omission there!

And in terms of Wooley's, surely Frank is a better option?

Stevie Lou Nicholls United Kingdom

12/21/2010 4:43:26 PM #

Gould, Franklin, Spence and Mir?

(* Ian Gould, James Franklin, Dickie Spence and Pervez Mir!!!)

Ger Siggins Ireland

12/21/2010 4:55:21 PM #

what about that guy hollies who screwed up don bradman's
test avg.!!

john m pryro Ireland

12/21/2010 7:27:21 PM #

If a Mixed XI were chosen the team should include an Australian woman all rounder of the 1950s, one J Christ. (1921 - 1997) Her obituary in Wisden Australia 1998   described her as "a forceful strokeplayer and aggressive fast medium bowler.”

Edward Liddle United Kingdom

12/21/2010 9:59:56 PM #

Thanks Guys,

Really appreciate your excellent suggestions. Great stuff!!

Merry Christmas,


Rupert Ireland

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