Top Seven Cricketers to play international cricket for two different countries

1. William Evans Midwinter (born 19 June 1851- 3 December 1890)

Williams played his first test debut on 15 March 1877 from Australia, against England. He also played in the 2nd test of the 1876/77 series from Australia. Later that year he returned to England to play for WG Grace’s Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. He was playing for Australia in Australias' tour of England in the year 1878. When he was about to take the field at the Lord's he was kidnapped by Grace to play for the Gloucestershire club against Surrey. Then after he didn’t return to the tour and voluntarily remained with Gloucestershire until the 1882 season. He was selected to play for England in England team visiting Australia in 1881/82 playing 4 tests. Later then he emigrated back to Australia playing for the Victoria club. He was again selected in the Australia team to play for the Ashes series against England 1883/84 and then for Australia tour of England in 1884.

2. Samuel Moses James (13 April 1867- 30 April 1931)

He was born in Ashfield, Sydney Australia. He played his first test debut on 16 July 1888 in Australia Vs England match on behalf of the Australian team. He moved to England at the age of sixteen and completed his education and established his interest in English sports. He played cricket for both Australia and England in test cricket, represented England 13 times at Rugby Union and also five times as a Captain. He also appeared at the county level in England at both soccer and hockey. As cricket was his primary sport he played over 400 1st class matches in a twenty-four years career. Most of these matches were for his county side, Somerset, whom he captained from 1894 to 1906. In 1895-1896 England tour of South Africa test match he was selected for the England team. Eventually, he became weak in bowling but as his bowling worsened his batting improved.

3.Nawab Mohammed Iftikhar Ali Khan Siddiqui Pataudi (16 March 1910-5 January 1952)

Iftikhar Ali Khan was born in Pataudi, British India presently known as Haryana. He played his first test debut match on 2nd December 1932 from the England team in the Ashes series. Pataudi finished the series with 1749 runs at an average of 49, after some more awesome batting early in 1934 his health broke down and he played just 10 matches recording a batting average of 91.33. he played his third and last test match for England in June 1934 against Australia at Trent Bridge scoring on 12 and 10 runs. Then he did not play any match in 1935/36 and only 5 matches in 1937/38. His name was selected in captaincy for England in 1932 but he withdrew his name. In 1936 also he was selected as captain for India tour of England but he withdrew last moment cause of his weak health. Finally, in the year 1946, he captained the team of India in India tour of England.

4.Dirk Peter Nannes (born 16 May 1976)

Dirk Nannes was born in Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia. He is an Australian- Dutch cricket commentator and former cricketer who has played for both Australia and Netherlands internationally and he is one of the few players who played internationally for multiple countries. He started his cricket career by playing in Victorian Premier Cricket by making a first-class debut in the 2005/6 season aged 29. As he was a left-arm fast bowler he had moderate success in the domestic first-class and one-day tournaments which lead him to English county side Middlesex during the 2008 season. As his parents hold the citizenship of Netherlands, he made his debut in Twenty20 internationals on 5 June 2009 by playing for the Netherlands at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament, and later that year made his One Day International (ODI) and T20s debuts for Australia.

5.Eoin Joseph Gerad Morgan (born 10 September 1986)

Eoin Morgan was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is an Irish born cricketer who captains the England cricket team in limited-overs cricket. Before England, he used to play for the Ireland cricket team in ODI's and he was the first player to score an ODI hundred for two nations. He made his ODI debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European championship against Scotland. He was the first player to score a first-class double century for Ireland with an unbeaten 209 against the UAE in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi. He made his debut from the England cricket team on 27 May 2010 In England Vs Bangladesh match. After removing Alastair Cook from ODI's internationals captaincy on 19 Dec 2014 Morgan was selected as the captain for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Under his captainship, England won the 2019 ICC WORLD CUP the first time they had won the tournament.

6.Kepler Christoffel Wessels ( born 14 September)

Kepler Wessels was born in Bloemfontein, Union of South Africa. He has played cricket for an orange free state, Western Province, Northern Transvaal, Eastern Province in South Africa. For Queensland in Australia and Sussex in England. He stayed in Australia for getting qualified in the test from the Australian team, playing for Queensland and made his debut against England on 26 November 1982. In 1991 ICC removed the ban from South Africa so that they could play ODI’S international and test matches. When South Africa made their test debut, 10 of the 11 players were playing their debut matches but Wessels at the age of 34, he had great experience in test cricket which no other player had, so he became the captain of the team of South Africa in the year 1992.

7. Nicola Payne (born 10 September 1969)

Nicola Payne was born in Toronto, Canada. She is a former cricketer who played for women's ODIs for both Dutch as well as New Zealand including four world cups. She was a Canadian but she was raised in Netherland and made her ODI debut from Netherland at the age of 19 at the 1988 World Cup. She was a top-order batsman, however, scored on 42 runs from seven innings. Having played club cricket previously she immigrated to New Zealand in 1998. Payne made her ODI debut for the New Zealand team in the year 2000 against Australia becoming one of the few players playing for two international countries. After the 2000 World cup she became the opening batsmen for New Zealand. She played her last series for New Zealand in the year 2003 in a tri-series against Australia and India. While playing her match against India she was run out for 93 off 130 balls, her highest ODI score. During that match, she injured herself in the hamstring and hence took retirement in April 2003.


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