5 Fascinating Clips
English bowlers have a history of taking hat-tricks in the game and in fact are the team with the most Test hatricks (11). With the upcoming England tour in the West Indies it is also worth noting that they like doing it against the West Indies – Matthew Hoggard doing it in 2004, Dominic Cork in 1995 and Peter Loader in 1957. Let’s take a look at 5 great hat-tricks . . .
Can you guess which 5 we’ll show you???
In order of their Greatness here goes:
1. Darren Gough versus Australia 1999
Darren Gough shows how if it wasn’t for horrific injuries throughout his career how he would have gone down as a true England great. The reverse swinging yorker was his forte and steaming in at 90mph he was simply to good for the Aussies on this occasion.
- Victim 1 – Ian Healy
- Victim 2 – Stuart Macgill
- Victim 3 – Colin Miller
2. Matthew Hoggard versus West Indies 2004
Matthew Hoggard seems the forgotten man of English cricket but here he illustrates his worth and weaponry of the late swinging ball. Unlike Goughy his victims were at the top of the order.
- Victim 1 – Ramnaresh Sarwan
- Victim 2 – Shivnarine Chanderpaul (current 1st test bat in world)
- Victim 3 – Ryan Hinds
3. Ryan Sidebottom versus New Zealand 2008
Ryan Sidebottom, having come out of the cricketing wilderness and shaking off his legacy of being a one cap cripple, is now England’s star performer with the ball. His action, accuracy and speed of delivery is remarkably like a Nathan Bracken or Alan Mullaly during a less eratic period. Great bowling here with much help from Alistair Cook whose fielding has improved beyond measure in recent seasons.
- Victim 1 – Stephen Fleming
- Victim 2 – Matthew Sinclair
- Victim 3 – Jacob Oram
4. Dominic Cork versus West Indies
Dominic Cork always was a frantic, energetic cricketer that gave his all for his country. A typical Cork appeal for lbw seals his hat-trick.
- Victim 1 – Richie Richardson
- Victim 2 – Junior Murray
- Victim 3 – Carl Hooper
5. James Anderson versus Pakistan ODI, 2003
Jimmy Andersen superbly cleans up the Pakistam tail. But he seems to find himself perennially in and out of the test and one day teams for England. He doesn’t look where he bowls it which surprisingly accounts for his wildness. However at the same time the batsman doesn’t have a clue what he’s going to do. So sometimes he comes off, just as above. This indicates his potential but he definitely hone his skills to be an England regular.
- Victim 1 – Abdul Razzaq
- Victim 2 – Shoaib Akhtar
- Victim 3 – Mohammad Sami
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