(From top left) MA Noble, Ali Bacher, WG Grace, Geoff Lawson, Chris Harris © Getty Images
(From top left) MA Noble, Ali Bacher, WG Grace, Geoff Lawson, Chris Harris © Getty Images

July 1, 2015 is being celebrated as Doctor’s Day. Given the occasion it is only fitting to make a line-up of Test cricketers who also practiced medicine in some capacity. Shiamak Unwalla makes an XI of Test cricketers who were also doctors.

1. Jack Barrett: Australia

Dr John Edward Barrett was the first Australian to ever carry his bat in a completed Test innings. He achieved the feat on his Test debut (he played only one more match after that), remaining unbeaten on 67 as Australia were bowled out for 176. He will, given his stupendous — though very brief — record, open batting. ALSO READ: An XI of cricketers who have played other sports at international level

2. Tup Scott: Australia

Dr Henry James Herbert “Tup” Scott was captain of Australia on the 1886 tour of England. He played only eight Tests, scoring 359 runs with a century and a fifty at an average of 27.61 (which was not too bad given the era). He will be the fellow opener. ALSO READ: An overweight cricketers’ XI: Do not take them lightly

3. WG Grace: England

Unarguably the most famous cricketing Doctor of all time — he was actually called The Doctor almost as much as he was known by his own name, and once saved an opposition player’s life during a match — WG Grace is widely known as the Father of Cricket. Grace was cricket’s first superstar and probably still one of the most recognisable faces in the sport. He was a general physician who practiced quite regularly despite his flourishing career which lasted five decades! He will bat at No. 3 and also chip in as a more than useful bowler. ALSO READ: WG Grace versus Fred Spofforth – was the Father of Cricket unable to overcome his Demon?

4. Ali Bacher (c): South Africa

Dr Ali Bacher could be remembered for a lot of things; He captained South Africa four times, winning each game handsomely against the visiting Australians. He was also an excellent administrator who first organised the “rebel tours” during South Africa’s apartheid, but later led them from that catastrophe by merging the white and black cricket boards. As for his career as a player, he scored 679 runs 12 matches at 32.33 with six fifties.  He will captain the side (though WG might not take kindly to the snub) and bat at No. 4.

5. Johnny Taylor: Australia

Dr John Morris Taylor played 20 Tests in the inter-war years, scoring an impressive 997 runs at 35.60 with one century and eight fifties. He also took one wicket. He will serve as a steady No. 4 in the line-up.

6. Monty Noble: Australia

A dentist by profession, Monty Noble also had a successful Test career. In 42 matches he scored 1,997 runs at 30.25 with one century and 16 fifties. However, his worth came through more in his bowling, where he took 121 wickets at just 25. He starts a long procession of all-rounders in the side.

7. EM Grace (wk): England

Much like his brother, the legendary WG, Dr Edward Mills Grace too was an all-rounder and a medical practitioner. Also known as The Coroner, EM played a single Test in which he scored only 36 runs. However, he had a distinguished First-Class career that fetched him over 10,000 runs and 305 wickets. He definitely kept at least once (he has a stumping to his name) and will therefore keep wickets to allow WG the luxury of prowling point and bowling.

8. Ranji Hordern: Australia

Yet another Australian dentist, Dr Herbert Vivian “Ranji” Hordern was one of the most outstanding cricketers of his era. A leg-break googly bowler and efficient lower-order batsman, Ranji played a mere seven Tests in 1911 and 1912, scoring 254 runs at 23.09 and taking 46 wickets at 23.36. He had a far more impressive First-Class record though, with 228 wickets in 35 matches at a staggering 16.36. He will be a crucial — if not the main — bowler, and also bat at a No. 8.

9. Roy Minnett: Australia

Australia continue their trend of producing cricketers who are also doctors. Dr Roy Minnett had a decent record in the years just before World War I. He played nine Tests, scored 90 runs at 26.06 with three half-centuries, and took 11 wickets at 26.36.

10. Chris Harris: New Zealand

One of the most efficient limited-overs all-rounders to play for New Zealand, Dr Chris Zinzan (yes that is actually his name) Harris was a handy lower-order batsman and a “dibbly-dobbly” medium-pacer. He played 23 Tests, scoring 777 runs at 20.44 with five fifties, and took 16 wickets at 73.12 — a far cry from his ODI figures. Harris was also a medical representative.

11. Geoff Lawson: Australia

An optometrist by profession, Dr Geoffrey Francis Lawson is perhaps the only man on the list who is not an all-rounder, though he is more than capable of sticking it out, as his four Test fifties suggest. The leader of the pace attack, Lawson could also double-up as coach if needed. In 46 Tests he snared 180 wickets at 30.56 with 11 fifers.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)