Home > Features > Facts and figures >

Hat-tricks in Test cricket: Stats and other trivia

Stuart Broad (left), Wasim Akram (centre) and Merv Hughes have been successful in taking a hat-trick in Tests © Getty Images
Stuart Broad (left), Wasim Akram (centre) and Merv Hughes have been successful in taking a hat-trick in Tests © Getty Images

Stuart Broad picked up his second hat-trick of his Test career when he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal and Shaminda Eranga of Sri Lanka. Abhijit Banare look to some interesting facts related to hat-tricks.

After Stuart Broad’s hat-trick against Sri Lanka, a hat-trick has been achieved 41 times in Test history. Below is the list of hat-tricks and interesting trivia on hat-tricks.

Bowler Team Opponent Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Batsman 3
F Spofforth Aus Eng V Royle F MacKinnon T Emmett
B Bates Eng Aus P McDonnell G Giffen G Bonnor
J Briggs Eng Aus W Giffen J Blackham S Callaway
G Lohmann Eng SA F Cook B Middleton J Willoughby
J Hearne Eng Aus C Hill S Gregory M Noble
H Trumble Aus Eng J Gunn A Jones S Barnes
H Trumble Aus Eng B Bosanquet P Warner D Lilley
J Matthews Aus SA R Beaumont S Pegler T Ward
J Matthews Aus SA H Taylor R Schwarz T Ward
M Allom Eng NZ T Lowry K James T Badcock
T Goddard Eng SA D Nourse N Gordon B Wade
P Loader Eng WI J Goddard S Ramadhin R Gilchrist
L Kline Aus SA E Fuller H Tayfield N Adcock
W Hall WI Pak Mushtaq M F Mahmood N ul-Ghani
G Griffin SA Eng M. J. K. Smith P Walker F Trueman
L Gibbs WI Aus K Mackay W Grout F Misson
P Petherick NZ Pak J Miandad W Raja I Alam
C Walsh WI Aus T Dodemaide M Veletta G Wood
M Hughes Aus WI C Ambrose P Patterson G Greenidge
D Fleming Aus Pak A Malik Haq S Malik
S Warne Aus Eng P DeFreitas D Gough D Malcolm
D Cork Eng WI R Richardson J Murray C Hooper
D Gough Eng Aus I Healy S McGill C Miller
W Akram Pak SL R Kaluwitharana N Bandaratilleke P Wickramasinghe
W Akram Pak SL A Gunawardene C Vaas M Jayawardene
N Zoysa SL Zimb T Gripper M Goodwin N Johnson
A Razzaq Pak SL R Kaluwitharana R Herath R Pushpakumara
G McGrath Aus WI S Campbell B Lara J Adams
Harbhajan Ind Aus R Ponting A Gilchrist S Warne
M Sami Pak SL C Buddhika N Zoysa M Muralitharan
J Lawson WI Aus B Lee S  McGill J Langer
A Kapali Ban Pak Shabbir A D  Kaneria U Gul
A Blignaut Zim Bang H Sarkar M Ashraful M Rahim
M Hoggard Eng WI R Sarwan S  Chanderpaul R Hinds
J Franklin NZ Bang Manjural I R M Rafique T Baisya
I Pathan Ind Pak S Butt Younis K M Yousuf
R Sidebottom Eng NZ S Fleming M Sinclair J Oram
P Siddle Aus Eng A Cook M Prior S Broad
S Broad Eng Ind MS Dhoni Harbhajan P Kumar
S Gazi Ban NZ C Anderson BJ Watling D Bracewell
S Broad En SL K Sangakkara D Chandimal S Eranga

Below are some of the hat-trick trivia:

Harbhajan Singh, Darren Gough, Broad and Nuwan Zoysa are the only players to have taken a hat-trick in Tests and have been victims of a bowler’s hat-trick too.

Most number of hat-tricks in Tests have been taken by England (13) and the most number of hat-tricks taken against a team also is by England (8).

Damien Fleming, Peter Petherick and Maurice Allom took a hat-trick on their Test debut.

The most number of hat-tricks taken in a year is 1999 (4) followed by 2004 (3).

Pakistan have taken four hat-tricks and all of them have come against Sri Lanka.

The longest hat-trick is by Merv Hughes spread across two innings against the West Indies at WACA in 1988-89. His hat-trick was spread over three overs.

Irfan Pathan has taken a hat-trick in the first over of a Test and Zoysa took a hat-trick during the first three balls of the Test.

Courtney Walsh was the first to take hat-trick in split innings at Gabba, Brisbane against Australia in 1988-89, a feat achieved by Hughes of Australia in the very next Test of the series at WACA. Till date, such a feat has been repeated only by Geoff Lawson of Australia.

Tommy Ward was involved in both hat-tricks of Jimmy Matthews and on the same day. So, Matthews is also the only bowler to have taken a hat-trick in the same Test and on the same day, and that came against South Africa in 1912.

Mohammad Sami and Wasim Akram are the only ones to have a Test and a One-Day International (ODI) hat-trick. Akram is the only one to have achieved hat-tricks twice in both formats.

Hugh Trumble and Patherick’s hat-tricks involved catches in all three dismissals with one of them being caught & bowled. The next one to have done that is Broad in the ongoing Test match against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Matthews’ hat-trick against South Africa in 1912 in the first innings didn’t involve the fielder, as it included one bowled and two lbws. This was next achieved by Dominic Cork with one bowled and two lbws in the second innings against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1995. Others in this list include; Lawson and Sami.

Sohag Gazi is the only bowler to take a hat-trick and score a century in the same Test.

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad


West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session


Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Rohit Sharma gave a fantastic account of himself: Sanjay Bangar

Yuvraj Singh flays media for twisting statements on future in international cricket

India A beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs in tour match; Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Karn Sharma shine

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

West Indies crisis: Trinidad and Tobago condemns West Indies’ pullout from India tour

MS Dhoni told me there’s nothing called ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’: Pankaj Singh

All-India PSU T20 Tournament: Oriental Insurance defeat HPCL

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in favour of Najam Sethi as ICC President

Justice Mudgal Committee report on IPL spot-fixing to be submitted on November 3

Mythbusting — the claim that playing for a weaker batting side handicaps a batsman has no basis

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here