Fantasy Bob wondered whether nepotism operates in cricket. Do fathers hand dominance of the crease to their offspring giving them an unfair advantage?
Colin Cowdrey - 114 tests, 7624 runs at 44.06
Chris Cowdrey - 6 tests, 101 runs at 14.42
Micky Stewart - 8 tests, 385 runs at 35.06
Alex Stewart -133 tests, 8463 runs at 39.54
Both these combinations have skippered the side.
Chris Broad - 25 tests, 1661 runs at 39.54
Stuart Broad - 34 tests, 1096 runs at 27.40; 99 wickets at 35.24
Len Hutton - 79 tests, 6971 runs at 56.67
Richard Hutton - 5 tests, 219 runs at 36.50; 9 wickets at 28.55
Jeff Jones - 15 tests, 44 wickets at 40.20
Simon Jones - 18 tests, 59 wickets at 28.23
Arnie Sidebottom and Alan Butcher played one Test each, their sons, Ryan and Mark respectively, did better with 22 and 71 appearances. In some cases Dad is obviously the star, in others son outshines his Pater.
|Sir Richard Hadlee|
In the lower leagues, father and son combinations can be deadly. An athletic son in the field watching his aged and creaking parent puff after the ball knows nowhere to hide. A father umpiring his batting son can frequently have a sudden and possibly terminal attack of deafness, blindness and elementary understanding of geometry. On the other hand a son umpiring his aged parent has many possibilities, even in the unlikely event that the son has any idea of the laws of the game. When Oedipal tensions arise things can get interesting. FB has heard many exchanges that would make interesting case studies for Sigmund Freud. In one instance, at the lightest hint of an appeal the son enthusiastically raised his finger with the cry 'That's out you old goat,' only to be met with the response 'And that's your pocket money you little bugger.'
FB's earnest advice is never to let your son umpire while you're at the crease. Very few such combinations travel home in the same car after the match, if ever again.