George Headley was one of the greatest batsmen of his time, often described as the black Bradman. His son Ronald played test cricket for West Indies, and Ron’s son Dean played for England. This is the only family to have a father, son and grandson to play test cricket. This record might be equalled soon. Jahangir Khan played test cricket for India and his son Majid played for Pakistan. Grandson Bazid has played ODIs for Pakistan and is hoping to make his test debut soon. It doesn’t end at that Javed Burki and Imran Khan, possibly the greatest of all Pakistani players were Majid’s cousins.
William Henry Cooper, who played the first of his two tests for Australia versus England in 1881-82, and Paul Sheahan, who made his debut in 1967-68 are the only great-grandfather great-grandson pair to play test cricket.
The first two twins to play in the same test match were not Steve and Mark Waugh of Australia, but Rosemary and Elizabeth Signal of New Zealand, versus England in 1984; in women’s cricket!!
The Hadlee family has served New Zealand cricket well. Sir Richard Hadlee has captained New Zealand in test cricket. At the time of his retirement he held the world record for the highest number of test wickets, 431. His brother Dayle, and father Walter also played test cricket for New Zealand. Another brother Barry played ODIs for New Zealand. His wife, Karen has also represented New Zealand in women’s cricket.
Steve and Mark Waugh of Australia were two of the most prolific batsmen in world cricket. They are also twins. Steve played for Australia long before Mark made it to the team. When Mark finally played for Australia it was Steve who had been dropped to make room for Mark. Steve was given the job of informing Mark. Their brother Dean also played one first-class match for New South Wales.
Lala Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath are the only father-son pair to have scored test centuries on debut. Strangely neither scored another test century.
Victor Richardson was Australia’s vice-captain during the Bodyline series of 1932-33. He later went on to captain Australia. Three of his grandsons played test cricket – Ian, Greg and Trevor Chappell – with Ian and Greg also captaining Australia in test cricket.
The Chappells and the Grace brothers – WG, EM and GF – are the only sets of three brothers to play for the same team in the same test match. The Hearnes went one better. In 1892 at Capetown Jack and George played for England while Frank played for South Africa!
Four Mohammad brothers represented Pakistan – Hanif, Mushtaq, Wazir and Sadiq. A fifth brother, Raees played first-class cricket. Hanif’s son Shoaib also represented the country in tests.