I know that cricket "Greats" Don Bradman and Ian Chappell made their debut and were then subsequently dropped for the next test...who else shares this honour?
That was the last match of the series and then it was over a year till the start of the next series in England. Probably has something to do with his tour match form in the lead up to the first two few Tests in England, I'm guessing.How on earth did they manage to drop Grimmet?
Since you named a few, here's some more.....Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Anwar, Mo Yo, Mo Asif (potential great).
I didn't knew taking drugs and getting injured after every second game makes you a "great" .But on a more serious note Akthar does have charisma and he is crowd-puller but he hasn't done anything that big on-field to be classified as a great.Mohd.Asif was also caught in the dope test but still he has the potential to be a great so agree with you on that.Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Anwar, Mo Yo, Mo Asif (potential great).
ONE HIT AUSSIE WONDERS FROM 1946
Some 400 aussies have played Test Cricket for their country.Here is a list with brief stats of players who have played just ONE test.Some names will surprise some as most were "household" names in Domestic Comp.Some were"robbed" and some went overseas to get just recognition.Some just drifted into Cricket oblivion.
Fred Freer - 1946 - 28runs - 20 overs - 3/74
Ken Meulman - 1946 - did not bat - did not bowl
Merv Harvey - 1947 - 43runs - did not bowl
Len Johnson - 1948 -25runs -10overs -6/74
George Thoms-1952 - 44runs-did not bowl
John Wilson-1956-did not bat-17 overs-1/64
Keith Slater-1959-1 run-9 overs-2/101
Des Hoare-1961-35 runs-29 overs-2/156
Colin Guest-1963-11 runs-18 overs-0/59
Peter Allen-1965-did not bat-24 overs-2/83
Reg Sellers-1964-did not bat-5 overs-0/17
Les Joslin-1968-9 runs-did not bowl
John Duncan-1971-3 runs-14 overs-0/30
Ken Eastwood-1971-5 runs-5 overs-1/21
John Watkins-1973-39 runs-6 overs-0/21
Ashley Woodcock-1974-27 runs-did not bowl
Paul Hibbert-1977-15 runs-did not bowl
Ian Callen-1978-26 runs-55 overs-3/83
Mick Malone-1977-46 runs-24 overs-6/77
Jeff Moss-1979-60 runs-did not bowl
Simon Davis-1986-did not bat-25 overs-0/70
Wayne Phillips-1992-22 runs-Keeper
Phil Emery-1994-8 runs-did not bowl
Stuart Law-1995-54 runs-3 overs-0/9
Shaun Young-1997-4 runs-8 overs-0/13
Paul Wilson-1998-o runs-3 overs-0/50
Nathan Hauritz-2004-15 runs-27 overs-5/103
Daniel Cullen-2006-did not bat-14 overs-1/54Figures are total match figures.Hope you find them interesting.
Nice list, but this thread is about "Greats" that were dropped after their first testONE HIT AUSSIE WONDERS FROM 1946
Wayne Phillips-1992-22 runs-Keeper
There are a number of stories going around that the last batting position went down to a choice of Ryder or Ponsford, and the other two chose Ponsford. Which if anything shows that Ponny at that point wasn't the automatic selection we might have thought him to be.The Bradman one always makes me laugh
One of the strangest selectorial choices must have been Jack Ryder, he had just captained the Aust side in the 1928/29 series and was one of the three selectors for the 1930 tour.
The other two left him out of the side completely; he never spoke to either again
Boycott wasn't really dropped, he was injured which is why he didn't bat in the second innings. England openers who just played the one Test include Alan Butcher, Andy Lloyd, Mark Benson and John Stephenson. Lloyd of course retired hurt on his debut against the '84 West Indies - his active Test career only lasted about half an hour.Here's an England "Greats dropped after debut" XI...
1. Geoff Boycott (48, DNB)
2. Dennis Amiss (17, DNB)
3. Ted Dexter (52, DNB) (0-23, DNB)
4. Tom Graveney (15, DNB)
5. Nassar Hussain (13, DNB)
6. Mike Gatting (5, 6)
7. Les Ames + (0, DNB) (2c, 0c)
8. John Emburey (2, DNB) (2-39, 0-1)
9. John Snow (2*, DNB) (2-27, 2-53)
10. Brian Staham (9, DNB) (1-47, DNB)
11. Matthew Hoggard (12*, DNB) (0-49, DNB)
Funny, but England seems to give most players at least 2 tests before they drop them (e.g. Stewart, Knott, Botham, Gooch, etc.), so Hussain, Gatting, Emburey and Hoggard hereby gain an elevation to greatness for this team
Okay, I've replaced Boycott with Cyril Washbrook (9, 8*) who ended up with a pretty good test career (av 42.81)Boycott wasn't really dropped, he was injured which is why he didn't bat in the second innings. England openers who just played the one Test include Alan Butcher, Andy Lloyd, Mark Benson and John Stephenson. Lloyd of course retired hurt on his debut against the '84 West Indies - his active Test career only lasted about half an hour.
How on earth did they manage to drop Grimmet?
From what I can tell from the Tour Index, there was nothing between Mailey and Grimmett leading up to the last game before the 1st Test (Mailey: 7 games, 19 wkts @ 21.53) (Grimmett: 7 games, 20 wkts @ 21.60). In that last warm-up game, Grimmett then took 0-38 & 4-50, however Mailey took 8-52 & 0-27 which must have factored in the decision.That was the last match of the series and then it was over a year till the start of the next series in England. Probably has something to do with his tour match form in the lead up to the first two few Tests in England, I'm guessing.