Queen Pairs in Tests (2018 update)

You have heard of King Pairs or golden pairs. Next there come Queen Pairs or silver pairs, which means that the batsman is dismissed second ball in each innings.

As in the case of King Pairs, caution should be used in using databases such as Statsguru sinceĀ  scorecards before 2000 do not always mention the balls faced in an innings.

However, the list below has been created for the cases where we definitely know that the batsman was out second ball in both innings. The 19th instance occurred in the Eng v Pak series earlier this year.

Queen Pair

 

Stuart Broad became the most recent entrant to this group. He was the first to get a golden pair OR a silver pair at Lord’s. The bowler Mohammad Abbas should know about this distinction.

This list does include recognized batsmen such as OG Smith, Mudassar Nazar, MN Samuels, AB de Villiers and Babar Azam besides others such as AL Mann and SCJ Broad who scored at least one century.

While no batsman has made two golden pairs, GD McGrath has two silver pairs.

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Pairs with 4, 5 and 6 balls in each innings (2018 update)

After covering the King, Queen and Jack pairs (alternatively golden, silver and bronze pairs) we also take up the cases of pairs with 4 or 5 or 6 balls in each innings. They are somewhat less numerous. For instance, there is only one clear case of a pair with 5 balls.

4-5-6 ball pairs

You can look back to my earlier posts for the other types of pairs mentioned above.

The Jack Pair (or Bronze Pair) in Test matches (2018 update)

We have already covered King Pairs and Queen Pairs (also called Golden Pairs and Silver Pairs) in Test cricket. There are 20 cases of King Pairs and 19 cases of Queen Pairs as on 30 June 2018.

The Jack Pair, as you should have guessed, involves being dismissed for a 3-ball duck in both innings. There are only 7 cases in Tests:

Jack Pair

Vettori, Griffith and Powell were recognized batsmen.

Bronze ducks in Tests are relatively rare. These players made the most:

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Interestingly, the Bracewell family has a strong affinity for bronze ducks:

bronze-duck-family

JG Bracewell was a bowling all-rounder who scored a Test century.

I am not sure what you would call pairs involving 4, 5 and 6 ball ducks. But they are known to exist in Tests. More about them later.