Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 29 January 2020

England's Tom and Sam Curran, plus cricket's other famous brothers – in pictures

Many siblings have represented their countries in cricket internationals, but we put together a list of the most popular and successful combinations

On Tuesday, Tom and Sam Curran became the first pair of brothers to represent England in the same match since Adam and Ben Hollioake did so in 1999.

Both Curran siblings have played for their country before: Tom made his debut in all three formats of the game in 2017, while younger brother Sam made his international breakthrough this year. But they had – until Tuesday against Sri Lanka – not played in a game together.

There have been more than 50 famous families to have graced the game through the ages. The Currans themselves are one – their father, the late Kevin, played for Zimbabwe in the 1990s.


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There are many combinations of players to have done so, too. For instance, Vic Richardson played for Australia before his more famous grandsons – Ian and Greg Chappell – went on to lead the country decades later. The third Chappell brother, Trevor, also wore the baggy green. But they could not all play in the same game – a distinction reserved for the Pakistan trio of Hanif, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammed.

Then there are uncle-nephew combinations, Greg Campbell and his nephew, the great Ricky Ponting, being a case in point. How about Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, whose wife Alyssa Healy – herself an international cricketer – is the niece of … you guessed right: Ian Healy.

And by now you may have figured out that Australia seems produce so many good-to-great cricketing families. That happens to be true.

In any case, to list all the different combinations of family members is beyond the remit of this piece. But you can take a look at the slideshow we have put together – of the 11 more famous pairs of brothers and one group of three siblings to have played for their country in the same match.

To move on to the next picture, click on the arrows on the image, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: October 24, 2018 04:51 PM