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Who is the only Test opener never to have been dismissed? Cow Corner takes a look at some of the most celebrated one-Test wonders following the much-maligned decision to debut Darren Pattinson.

Andrew Lloyd

Anyone who has come up against this classic quiz question will know that the answer is Andy Lloyd, who played one Test for England in 1984 against West Indies.

If anyone thinks that roofer Pattinson's first match was unfortunate, know that Lloyd was struck on the head by none other than pace legend Malcolm Marshall after making 10 runs in 33 minutes and, despite wearing "a flimsy, early prototype" helmet, that was the end of his international days.

Former Warwick captain and chairman Lloyd was in hospital for days and his season over.

"My right eye was damaged and had I been hit again it could have jeopardised my recovery," he said later. "The damage was permanent and the vision in my right eye not as sharp. Consequently I never again scored the weight of runs to justify a recall."

EM and Fred Grace

Their brother WG may hold the mantle of most famous English cricketer of yesteryear, but all three of the brothers were given their debuts in the first Test against Australia in this country in 1880.

Sporting trendy mutton chops rather than the shock of beard of their more illustrious sibling, neither was to add to that momentous opening encounter at The Oval, won by England by a margin of five wickets.

Tragically Fred, who scored two ducks in the match but took a stunning catch on the boundary, died of pneumonia a fortnight later having slept on a damp mattress. He was 30 years of age.

'Arnie' Sidebottom

The Yorkshireman, father of current England seamer Ryan - who himself could have been listed here had he not been recalled to the team for a second cap six years after  his 2001 debut - actually began his sporting career as a professional footballer.

A centre-half, he helped Manchester United to the second division title in 1974-75 but left the game after spells at Huddersfield and Halifax.

Sidebottom was part of the 1982 rebel tour of South Africa led by Graham Gooch and was subsequently banned from the official Test side for three years, but was surprisingly called up in 1985 for the Trent Bridge Ashes Test.

He took one wicket for 65 runs - that of Bob Holland - before picking up a knock and limping out, never to return.

Andy Ducat

The rise and demise of Surrey man Andy Ducat is worthy of mention due to the bizarre nature of his maiden Test dismissal by Australian fast bowler Ted McDonald at Headlingley in 1921.

Ducat, who had scored three runs overnight, looked to steer McDonald through the covers but in doing so broke the shoulder of his bat. The ball arced slowly to slip as the broken piece of his club flew backwards and knocked off the bails.

He only managed two runs in his second innings as the Aussies won comfortably.

Rodney Redmond

Kiwi Redmond is the most famous of all one-Test wonders outside England, not to mention the most successful. He smashed a century (107) in his maiden innings against Pakistan in the seventies then put away a half-century (56) in the second.

Months later he travelled to England for a series but did not feature as he suffered problems with his contact lenses. And that was the end of him.

The best of the rest

Andy Ganteaume scored 112 for West Indies in his only innings, against England in Port of Spain in 1948.

Vijay Rajindernath managed an impressive four stumpings for India against rivals Pakistan in the fifties.

Kabir Ali took five wickets for England in the fourth Test against Zimbabwe at Headingley in 2003. As a part-time model, perhaps the selectors thought he was a bit of a poser.

And although not strictly speaking a one-Test wonder, Vaughan Brown - who featured in two matches for New Zealand - won fame by taking the only wicket that Richard Hadlee did not claim in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane in 1985, the first victory for his country on Australian soil - and that by an innings and 41 runs.

He was poor in the second Test and dropped forevermore.


vllles thinks the selectors were to blame for the Pattinson selection debacle, and has a suggestion for another one-Test wonder in the process: "Who actually selects the selectors? Neither Miller or Giles had an outstanding Test career, and Whitaker played one Test - why can't we actually have selectors along the lines of Botham, Gooch, Stewart, Atherton etc who actually understand the game and who've had success at the top level?"

TALKING POINT: Any especially interesting - and that is the crucial part - one-Test wonders that we've missed?

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