Who gives a monkey's, you are thinking. Quite rightly. But, dear readers, FB's long and tedious prelude, devoid of cricket reference, is leading to something. For cricket has its one hit wonders too. Cricketers who achieve the Test stage and then depart. Since 1990 England have used 14 players in this way. In all since Test cricket began England have given single caps to 91 players. What stories of hope and expectation dashed are there in these ephemera? What stories of overachievement and sheer bad luck? Stories of selectorial dithering, skulduggery and poor management? Personal tragedies or relief at not facing the stress of the biggest stage again? Someone should write a book about these cases, but here's a few to be going on with.
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At least Pattinson got a bowl and a bat. In July 1924, Jack MacBryan was capped against South Africa. A rain affected match meant that he never got to the crease. He was not a bowler. Unlucky or what? MacBryan topped the Somerset averages for 5 seasons between 1921-26 and also won an Olympic gold medal at Hockey.
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There are cruel stories in other nations too. Stuart Law had one Test innings in 1995 for Australia in which he scored 54 not out - he is therefore without a Test average. He was unlucky to be around at the time of the peak of top quality Australian batting. His first class average is 50.52. He has recently been appointed coach to Sri Lanka for their coming English tour. Andy Ganteaume played for W Indies against England in 1948 and in his one innings scored 112 and that was that.
One hit wonders will keep coming in the pop charts and on the cricket field. They're strictly roots, and they deserve respect.