Bowlers work their socks off in the training session in the hope that they would get better and also bowl wicket-taking deliveries during the game. On the other hand, bowlers have gone on to take three wickets in three balls to bag a hat-trick.
Not many bowlers have gone on to take a hat trick because it is almost impossible, especially in Test cricket because chances are high that the batters either tend to leave the deliveries or even defend it in the first place.
However, some bowlers have upped their ante in their approach and gone on to take hat tricks in Test cricket. In this article, we’ll take a glimpse at nine Australians who have taken a hat-trick in Tests.
1. Frederick Robert Spofforth
Frederick Robert Spofforth was the first bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. He achieved the feat against England in 1878-79.
2. Hugh Trumble
Hugh Trumble was the only Australian bowler who took 2 hat tricks. He achieved both feats against England in 1901-02 and 1903-04 respectively.
3. Jimmy Matthews
Jimmy Matthews is another Australian on the list who has taken a hat trick. He achieved the feat against South Africa in 1912.
4. Lindsay Kline
Lindsay Kline bagged the hat trick against South Africa in 1957-58 in Cape Town.
5. Merv Hughes
Merv Hughes achieved the feat of taking a hat trick against the West Indies cricket team in Perth in 1988-89.
6. Damien Fleming
Damien Fleming is another Australian on this list who bagged a hat trick. He achieved the feat against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 1994-95.
7. Shane Warne
Australia’s all-time bowling great, Shane Warne also took a hat trick to his name. He accomplished the record against England in Melbourne in 1994-95.
8. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath, the most successful fast bowler for Australia during the heydays of his cricketing career took a hat-trick against West Indies in Perth in 2000-01.
9. Peter Siddle
Peter Siddle achieved the hat trick on his birthday against England in the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane in 2010-11.