A summary of Pairs in Test cricket

This is a summary of a few shorter posts which appeared over the last two weeks. Here we enumerate all instances of pairs with the same number of balls in each innings. Here we are considering cases where the batsman was dismissed for zero in both innings. All these figures are correct as on 23/11/2016

(Click on each to see the Pdf table)







Pairs with 4,5 and 6 balls in each innings

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 in each innings.


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

We have already covered King Pairs and Queen Pairs (also called Golden Pairs and Silver Pairs) in Test cricket. There are 19 cases of King Pairs and 16 cases of Queen Pairs as on 23 Nov 2016.

The Jack Pair, as you should have guessed, involves being dismissed for a 3-ball duck in both innings. There are only 6 cases in Tests:


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


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


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.