Cricketers Who Have Batted at All Positions in Test Cricket

Updated on July 21, 2020

Records In Test Cricket

Cricket is known as a gentleman’s game, and it rightly so is. While the game has three formats, Test cricket is undoubtedly the best form of cricket as it tests you to the core. And like most sports, there are tons of records in cricket as well. Some are incredible, some are unique, and some are absurd. And then there are some that are an amalgamation of them all. That’s right! In the 140+ years of cricket’s existence, there have been only three players who have batted at all 11 positions in Test cricket. We will be looking at them all, one by one.

#1. Syd Gregory (Australia)

Sydney Edward Gregory, more commonly known as Syd Gregory, was an Australian cricketer who represented his nation in 58 Test matches in a career spanning 22 years from 1890 to 1912. At the time of Gregory’s retirement, his 58 Test matches was a world record. His most significant innings for Australia was during a Test match against England in 1894 at the Sydney Cricket Ground; he scored a stellar 201 while batting at number 6. Moreover, he became the first player ever to have batted at all 11 positions in Test cricket history. Here’s a detailed list of Gregory’s batting stats at every batting position.

Position
Innings
Not Outs
50's
100's
Highest Score
Runs
Average
Opening (1 & 2)
12
0
1
0
74
324
27.00
3
2
1
0
0
43
61
61.00
4
19
2
3
0
71
425
25.00
5
34
2
2
2
112
835
26.09
6
18
0
2
2
201
530
29.44
7
6
0
0
0
11
21
3.50
8
6
1
0
0
32*
78
15.60
9
1
0
0
0
2
2
2.00
10
1
0
0
0
2
2
2.00
11
1
1
0
0
4*
4
-
Overall
100
7
8
4
201
2282
24.54

#2. Wilfred Rhodes (England)

Englishman Wilfred Rhodes played 58 Test matches for his county between 1899 to 1930. Known as a reliable all-rounder, Rhodes became the first-ever Englishman to complete the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket. The man from Huddersfield ended up with 2325 Test runs and 127 Test wickets. Apart from having a relatively satisfying career, Rhodes was the second man to bat at all 11 positions in Test cricket. Below are his batting stats at every batting position.

Position
Innings
Not Outs
50's
100's
Highest Score
Runs
Average
Opening (1 & 2)
43
3
9
2
179
1469
36.73
3
1
0
1
0
66
66
66.00
4
2
0
0
0
41
42
21.00
5
3
1
0
0
5
5
2.50
6
5
0
0
0
16
39
7.80
7
11
1
1
0
69
293
29.30
8
8
2
0
0
19
96
16.00
9
2
1
0
0
36
63
63.00
10
15
8
0
0
29
119
17.00
11
8
5
0
0
40*
133
44.33
Overall
98
21
11
2
179
2325
30.19

#3. Vinoo Mankad (India)

Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad, who was more commonly known as Vinoo Mankad, was a fine player for the Indian national cricket team. The man from Jamnagar is best known for his world record opening partnership of 413 runs with partner Pankaj Roy in 1956; this record stood for 53 years until the South African pair of Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith bettered it by two runs. Mankad is also known for running out a batsman while backing up. This is how the term ‘mankading’ came into existence. Not just that, Mankad also became the third and most recent player to bat at all positions in Test cricket. His numbers at each batting position are mentioned below.

Position
Innings
Not Outs
50's
100's
Highest Score
Runs
Average
Opening (1 & 2)
40
2
4
5
231
1548
40.74
3
3
0
0
0
35
42
14.00
4
2
0
0
0
22
22
11.00
5
3
0
0
0
24
34
11.33
6
5
0
0
0
29
56
11.20
7
5
2
1
0
66
112
37.33
8
10
0
1
0
96
244
24.40
9
2
0
0
0
41
51
25.50
10
1
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
11
1
1
0
0
0*
0
-
Overall
72
5
6
5
231
2109
31.48

P.S: It should be noted that Pakistan’s Nasim-ul-Ghani also batted at every position in Test cricket. However, he never faced the first ball. So technically, he never actually batted at all positions.

Conclusion

There are a many absurd and unique records in cricket, but batting at 11 positions in Test cricket is surely one of the most unique records for a cricketer. Syd Gregory, Wilfred Rhodes, and Vinoo Mankad are surely quite lucky to have this record on their list of achievements.

© 2020 Ronald Daniel Sampson

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