The Grace Brothers (From left to right): Edward Mills, George Frederick and William Gilbert
The Grace Brothers (From left to right): Edward Mills, George Frederick and William Gilbert; Picture courtesy: Wikimedia commons

With Mitchell Marsh’s debut, his family became one of only three families to have produced a father-son trio of Test cricketers. However, there have been other families that have produced more than three Test cricketers. Abhishek Mukherjee and Shiamak Unwalla look at the largest families in Test cricket.

Father, son, grandson, cousins, brother-in-law:

Name

Country

Relation

Jahangir Khan

India

Father of Majid

Majid Khan

Pakistan

Son of Jahangir

Imran Khan

Pakistan

Cousin of Majid

Javed Burki

Pakistan

Cousin of Majid

Bazid Khan

Pakistan

Son of Majid, grandson of Jahangir

Baqa Jilani

India

Brother-in-law of Jahangir

Four brothers and a son:

Name

Country

Relation

Hanif Mohammad

Pakistan

Brothers

Wazir Mohammad

Pakistan

Brothers

Mushtaq Mohammad

Pakistan

Brothers

Sadiq Mohammad

Pakistan

Brothers

Shoaib Mohammad

Pakistan

Son of Hanif

Trivia: Eldest brother Raees Mohammad was the 12th man in the first Test on Pakistan soil.

Father, uncle, son, nephew, brother-in-law:

Name

Country

Relation

Ned Gregory

Australia

Dave’s brother

Dave Gregory

Australia

Ned’s brother

Syd Gregory

Australia

Son of Ned

Jack Gregory

Australia

Nephew of Dave and Ned

Harry Donnan

Australia

Brother-in-law of Syd

Grandfather and three grandsons:

Name

Country

Relation

Vic Richardson

Australia

Grandfather

Ian Chappell

Australia

Grandson

Greg Chappell

Australia

Grandson

Trevor Chappell

Australia

Grandson

Uncle, nephew, nephew’s nephews:

Name

Country

Relation

KS Ranjitsinhji

England

Uncle of Duleep

KS Duleepsinhji

England

Nephew of Ranji

KS Indrajitsinhji

India

Nephew of Duleep

Hanumant Singh

India

Nephew of Duleep

Trivia: Ajay Jadeja is also remotely related to the family.

Three brothers and a son:

Name

Country

Relation

Frank Hearne

South Africa

Brothers

George G Hearne

England

Brothers

Alec Hearne

England

Brothers

George AL Hearne

South Africa

Son of Frank

Trivia: At Newlands in 1891-92 Frank played for South Africa against the other two, who played for England. George AL Hearne played for South Africa.

Trivia: The Hearne family had as many as four George Hearnes; Frank’s father and cousin were also named George, both of whom played First-Class cricket.

Father and two sons:

Name

Country

Relation

Lala Amarnath

India

Father

Surinder Amarnath

India

Son

Mohinder Amarnath

India

Son

Another Father-son trio:

Name

Country

Relation

Walter Hadlee

New Zealand

Father

Dayle Hadlee

New Zealand

Son

Richard Hadlee

New Zealand

Son

Trivia: Barry Hadlee, another son, played ODIs for New Zealand. Karen, Richard’s ex-wife, had played Women’s ODIs.

And Test cricket’s newest set of father and sons:

Name

Country

Relation

Geoff Marsh

Australia

Father

Shaun Marsh

Australia

Son

Mitchell Marsh

Australia

Son

Grandfather, father, and son:

Name

Country

Relation

George Headley

West Indies

Grandfather

Ron Headley

England

Father

Dean Headley

England

Son

Uncle and two nephews:

Name

Country

Relation

William “Billy” Gunn

England

Uncle

John Gunn

England

Nephew

George Gunn

England

Nephew

And another uncle-nephew trio:

Name

Country

Relation

Akram Khan

Bangladesh

Uncle

Nafees Iqbal

Bangladesh

Nephew

Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh

Nephew

Three brothers, part one:

Name

Country

Relation

WG Grace

England

Brothers

EM Grace

England

Brothers

Fred Grace

England

Brothers

Three brothers, part two:

Name

Country

Relation

Bernard Tancred

South Africa

Brothers

Louis Tancred

South Africa

Brothers

Vincent Tancred

South Africa

Brothers

Three brothers, part three:

Name

Country

Relation

Manzoor Elahi

Pakistan

Brothers

Zahoor Elahi

Pakistan

Brothers

Saleem Elahi

Pakistan

Brothers

Three brothers, part four:

Name

Country

Relation

Kamran Akmal

Pakistan

Brothers

Adnan Akmal

Pakistan

Brothers

Umar Akmal

Pakistan

Brothers

Three brothers, part five:

Name

Country

Relation

Arjuna Ranatunga

Sri Lanka

Brothers

Dammika Ranatunga

Sri Lanka

Brothers

Sanjeeva Ranatunga

Sri Lanka

Brothers

Trivia: Nishantha Ranatunga, another brother, had played ODIs.

Three sisters:

Name

Country

Relation

Essie Shevill (Nann)

Australia

Sisters

Rene Shevill (Blade)

Australia

Sisters (twin of Fernie)

Fernie Shevill (Harris)

Australia

Sisters (twin of Rene)

Trivia: Rene and Fernie Shevill were the first twins to play Tests.

Other familial cricket connections:

Mahendra Nagamootoo was the nephew of both Alvin Kallicharran and Rohan Kanhai.

Ghulam Ahmed’s nephew is Asif Iqbal, whose nephew is Shoaib Malik.

Micky Stewart’s son was Alec. Alec’s ex-brother-in-law was Mark Butcher.

Ernest and Johnny Tyldesley’s great-great-nephew is Michael Vaughan.

Madhav Mantri’s nephew is Sunil Gavaskar, whose brother-in-law is Gundappa Viswanath. Sunil’s son Rohan has also played ODIs.

Dattaram Hindlekar’s nephew was Vijay Manjrekar, whose son is Sanjay.

Pankaj Roy’s nephew was Ambar and son is Pranab.

Brendon and John Bracewell are brothers. Doug is Brendon’s son.

Graeme and Peter Pollock are brothers. Shaun is Peter’s son.

Brian Lara’s nephew is Darren Bravo, whose half-brother is Dwayne.

Wazir and Nazir Ali (both India) were brothers. Khalid Wazir (Pakistan) was Wazir Ali’s son.

Honourable mentions:

Terry Alderman’s sister Denise (Emerson) also played Test cricket. Ross Emerson, husband of Denise, was a Test umpire.

Brothers Merv and Neil Harvey both played Test cricket, while their other brother Mick Harvey was a Test umpire.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs here and can be followed on Twitter here)

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)