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Cricketers who have played ODIs for two different teams


Two_teams_players_ODI_CricketThe third-place playoff of the World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia in April was the first ODI for the United States of America since 2004, when they had played at the Champions Trophy in England. Though the USA had to settle for fourth place after a five-wicket defeat to Papua New Guinea, the game was noteworthy for the presence of former West Indian batsman Xavier Marshall in the USA eleven, thus making him the 11th man to play ODIs for two teams.

On that note, here is a look at the complete list of players who have represented two different teams in men’s ODI cricket.

Note: This list is as of May 2019. On June 19, Roelof van der Merwe, who earlier played for South Africa, became the 12th player on the list with his appearance for the Netherlands against Zimbabwe.

Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa)

Bloemfontein-born Wessels became the first man to play ODIs for two countries when he turned out for South Africa in their inaugural ODI, against India at Calcutta in 1991-92. He played his part on the momentous day by scoring 50, albeit in a losing cause, and a few months later, was appointed as the Proteas’ captain. A top-order southpaw, Wessels moved down under in the 1970s, and scored 79 on ODI debut for Australia against New Zealand at Melbourne in 1982-83.

Clayton Lambert (West Indies and USA)

Lambert’s 11th and last ODI appearance of an intermittent international career for the West Indies came against South Africa in the final of the inaugural Champions Trophy (known as the Wills International Trophy) at Dhaka in 1998-99. Six years later, the Guyanese left-handed batsman was back at the Champions Trophy in its 2004 edition in England, at the age of 42 – he top-scored for the USA in their first ever ODI, against New Zealand at The Oval, by making 39.

Anderson Cummins (West Indies and Canada)

On his day, Barbadian paceman Cummins could prove a handful in ODIs, as India’s batsmen might have found out. In 1991-92, India bore the brunt of Cummins’ career-best 5/31 at Brisbane, two months after which they were undone by his 4/33 in a World Cup clash at Wellington. He played the last of his 63 ODIs for the West Indies in 1995-96, but made a surprise return to the format at the age of 40 in 2006-07, this time playing 13 games for Canada.

Dougie Brown (England and Scotland)

Born in the Scottish city of Stirling, Brown debuted for Warwickshire in 1991 and proceeded to play the first of his nine ODIs for England against India at Sharjah in 1997-98. More than eight years after last playing for England, the pace-bowling all-rounder had a second coming at the ODI level, as he played 16 times for Scotland, with the last of those appearances being at the 2007 World Cup. He coached Namibia at the 2003 World Cup, and currently coaches the UAE.

Geraint Jones (England and Papua New Guinea)

Jones was born to Welsh parents in Papua New Guinea. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s strong showing for Kent in 2003 led to an England call-up, and he made his ODI debut against the West Indies in 2004. He scored a vital 71 in the tied NatWest Series final against Australia at Lord’s in 2005 (he also kept wicket throughout the historic Ashes that followed), but fell off the radar after 2006. In 2014-15, he played for Papua New Guinea in their first two ODIs, against Hong Kong.

Ed Joyce (England and Ireland)

Joyce played a key role in paving the way for Ireland’s ODI status. But the Irish left-hander qualified to play for England in 2005, and his ODI debut at Belfast in 2006 was incidentally Ireland’s ODI debut as well. A knock of 107 against Australia at Sydney in 2006-07 was the highlight of his stint with England. His first ODI for Ireland was at the 2011 World Cup, and he ended up registering five tons for them, including 112 against Zimbabwe at the 2015 World Cup.

Eoin Morgan (Ireland and England)

Like Joyce, Morgan is a Dublin-born left-hander who built his reputation while playing for Middlesex. Unlike Joyce, Morgan played his first ODI for Ireland (he scored 99 on debut, against Scotland in 2006), before going on to play for England in 2009. In 2013, he struck a career-best 124* – against Ireland in the city of his birth. He was named England’s ODI captain in 2014-15, and continues to lead the side as they head into the 2019 World Cup with high hopes.

Boyd Rankin (Ireland and England)

Rankin is another player who has tasted the experience of ODI cricket with both Ireland and England. The Londonderry-born beanpole fast bowler starred in his third ODI with a crucial return of 3/32, as Ireland stunned Pakistan by three wickets in the group stage of the 2007 World Cup. His talent soon caught the eye of England, for whom his first outing was against Ireland in 2013. However, his tryst with England was short-lived, and he returned to the Irish fold in 2016.

Luke Ronchi (Australia and New Zealand)

The only man to have played for both Antipodean countries, Ronchi made his ODI bow for Australia in the Caribbean in 2008. Though born in New Zealand, the hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman was raised mostly in Australia. With his future as an Australian cricketer bleak, he qualified to play for New Zealand in 2013, and soon became a regular. His moment of glory was at Dunedin in 2014-15, when he smashed 170* in 99 balls from number seven against Sri Lanka.

Mark Chapman (Hong Kong and New Zealand)

Chapman announced his arrival on the ODI scene in style, by becoming only the tenth man to score a century on debut. Batting at number four, the left-hander scored 124* for Hong Kong, the land of his birth, against the UAE at Dubai in 2015-16. He played only one more ODI for Hong Kong, before qualifying to play for the Black Caps through his New Zealander father. He has so far played three ODIs for New Zealand, all of them in the 2017-18 home series against England.

Xavier Marshall (West Indies and USA)

With his appearance for the USA in the third-place playoff of the 2019 WCL Division Two, Marshall became the latest cricketer to join this select list. Marshall was only 18 when he played his first ODI for the West Indies, against the mighty Australians at Melbourne in 2004-05. The Jamaican batsman is best known for his innings of 157* against Canada at King City in 2008, which featured 12 sixes – then an ODI record. His last ODI for the West Indies was in 2008-09.

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