Sam Curran replaces Ben Stokes in England vs Pakistan 2nd Test © Getty Images
Sam Curran (second from right) replaces Ben Stokes in England vs Pakistan 2nd Test © Getty Images

Sam Curran replaced an injured Ben Stokes in the Headingley between England  and Pakistan. Curran became the seventh-youngest English cricketer to play Test cricket. These are the only seven Englishmen to play Test cricket while still in their teens (Curran will turn 20 on the third day of the Test). Only two (Ben Hollioake and Haseeb Hameed) of these seven men have made their debuts after 1950. Here is the complete list.

Englishmen to play Test cricket before 20
Cricketer Debut Age at debut
Years Days
Brian Close 1949 18 149
Jack Crawford 1905-06 19 32
Denis Compton 1937 19 83
Ben Hollioake 1997 19 269
Haseeb Hameed 2016-17 19 297
Ian Peebles 1927-28 19 338
Sam Curran 2018 19 363

Curran’s elder brother Tom has also played two Tests. This made them the 12th pair of brothers to play Test cricket for England. Here is the complete list.

Brothers playing Tests for England  
Family Brothers
Grace EM, WG, and GF
Studd GB and CT
Hearne Frank and Alec
Tyldesley Johnny and Ernest
Gunn John and George
Wilson Clem and Rockley
Gilligan Arthur and Harold
Richardson Peter and Dick
Greig Tony and Ian
Smith Chris and Robin
Hollioake Adam and Ben
Curran Tom and Sam

Note:

- All three Grace brothers played against Australia at The Oval in 1880. This is the only instance of three brothers playing for the same side together.

- Frank also played for South Africa. Another brother George also played for South Africa in the Cape Town Test of 1891-92 — when Frank and Alec were playing for England.

- Darren Pattinson played for England while his brother James played for Australia.

Tom and Sam’s father Kevin was one of the early stars of Zimbabwe cricket. Though he played ODIs for them, he did not play Test cricket.