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List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Craig McDermott

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McDermott took three five-wicket hauls at the Adelaide Oval, including two in a ten-wicket-match against India in 1994.

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and as of August 2015 only 43 bowlers have taken 15 or more five-wicket hauls at the international level.[3] Craig John McDermott is a former Australian cricketer who, according to the sports journalist Greg Baum, was "Australia's premier strike bowler in the early 1990s".[4] A right-arm fast bowler, he played 71 Test matches and 138 ODIs in his career, taking 291 and 203 wickets respectively.[4] He took fourteen five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, including two in a single ten-wicket match, and one in the ODI format.[5]

McDermott made his Test match debut for Australia against the West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in December 1984, with Richie Richardson being his first Test victim.[6] His first Test five-wicket haul came at Lord's in the second Test of the 1985 Ashes series in June of that year, taking 6 wickets for 70 runs in a 4-wicket victory for Australia.[7] McDermott's best bowling analysis in Test cricket is 8 for 97 against England in the fifth Test of the 1990–91 Ashes series.[4] He was most successful against England, taking eight of his fourteen five-wicket hauls against them, including four during the 1994–95 Ashes in which he was named player of the series.[5]

McDermott's ODI debut came against the West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 1985.[4] He did not bat and although he took the wicket of Viv Richards, Australia lost the game by seven wickets.[8] McDermott played 138 ODIs, and took a solitary five-wicket haul against Pakistan in November 1987, in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.[9] His figures of 5 for 44, and an Australian victory by 18 runs, saw him awarded man of the match as Australia progressed to the final.[9]

Key[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Result The result for Australia in that match
dagger McDermott was man of the match
double-dagger One of two five-wicket hauls by McDermott in a match
§ 10 wickets or more taken in the match

Test five-wicket hauls[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket by Craig McDermott
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 27 June 1985 Lord's, London  England 1 29.0 70 6 2.38
  • GA Gooch
  • RT Robinson
  • DI Gower
  • PR Downton
  • PH Edmonds
  • NA Foster
Won[7]
2 1 August 1985 Old Trafford, Manchester  England 2 36.0 141 8 3.91
  • GA Gooch
  • RT Robinson
  • DI Gower
  • MW Gatting
  • IT Botham
  • PR Downton
  • PH Edmonds
  • PJW Allott
Drawn[10]
3 26 December 1987 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  New Zealand 1 25.0 97 5 2.77
  • JG Wright
  • AH Jones
  • MD Crowe
  • JJ Crowe
  • DN Patel
Drawn[11]
4 25 January 1991 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  England 2 26.3 97 5 3.66
  • MA Atherton
  • AJ Lamb
  • DI Gower
  • PAJ DeFreitas
  • GC Small
Drawn[12]
5 1 February 1991dagger § WACA Ground, Perth  England 1 24.4 97 8 3.93
  • GA Gooch
  • MA Atherton
  • AJ Lamb
  • RA Smith
  • AJ Stewart
  • PAJ DeFreitas
  • PJ Newport
  • DE Malcolm
Won[13]
6 1 March 1991 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica  West Indies 1 23.0 80 5 3.47
  • CG Greenidge
  • DL Haynes
  • IVA Richards
  • MD Marshall
  • CA Walsh
Drawn[14]
7 29 November 1991 The Gabba, Brisbane  India 1 28.1 54 5 1.91
  • RJ Shastri
  • K Srikkanth
  • Kapil Dev
  • SLV Raju
  • J Srinath
Won[15]
8 25 January 1992 dagger double-dagger § Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  India 2 31.0 76 5 2.45
  • K Srikkanth
  • DB Vengsarkar
  • M Azharuddin
  • SR Tendulkar
  • CS Pandit
Won[16]
9 25 January 1992 dagger double-dagger § Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  India 4 29.1 92 5 3.15
  • K Srikkanth
  • M Azharuddin
  • M Prabhakar
  • CS Pandit
  • J Srinath
Won[16]
10 25 November 1994 The Gabba, Brisbane  England 2 19.0 53 6 2.78
  • MA Atherton
  • AJ Stewart
  • GA Hick
  • MW Gatting
  • MJ McCague
  • SJ Rhodes
Won[17]
11 24 December 1994 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  England 4 16.5 42 5 2.49
  • MA Atherton
  • GP Thorpe
  • MW Gatting
  • SJ Rhodes
  • PCR Tufnell
Won[18]
12 1 January 1995 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  England 1 30.0 101 5 3.36
  • MA Atherton
  • GA Hick
  • GP Thorpe
  • MW Gatting
  • D Gough
Drawn[19]
13 3 February 1995 WACA Ground, Perth  England 4 15.0 38 6 2.53
  • GA Gooch
  • MW Gatting
  • JP Crawley
  • CC Lewis
  • PAJ DeFreitas
  • DE Malcolm
Won[20]
14 30 November 1995 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  Pakistan 3 15.3 49 5 3.16
  • Aamer Sohail
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq
  • Wasim Akram
  • Saqlain Mushtaq
  • Mushtaq Ahmed
Lost[21]

ODI five-wicket hauls[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket by Craig McDermott
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 4 November 1987 dagger Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  Pakistan 2 10.0 44 5 4.40
  • Mansoor Akhtar
  • Wasim Akram
  • Saleem Yousuf
  • Saleem Jaffar
  • Tauseef Ahmed
Won[9]

References[edit]

  1. "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ...
  2. Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. Retrieved 23 October 2013. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Combined Test, ODI and T20I records: Most five-wicket hauls in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Craig McDermott". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Statistics / Statsguru / CJ McDermott / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. "West Indies tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 22–27, 1984". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "2nd Test: Australia v England at Lord's, 27 June-2 July 1985". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1st Match: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Jan 6, 1985". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "1st SF: Pakistan v Australia at Lahore, 4 November 1987". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  10. "4th Test: Australia v England at Lord's, 1–6 August 1985". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  11. "3rd Test: Australia v New Zealand at MCG, 26–31 December 1987". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  12. "4th Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, 25–29 January 1991". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  13. "5th Test: Australia v England at Perth, 1–5 February 1991". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  14. "1st Test: Australia v West indies at Kingston, 1–6 March 1991". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  15. "1st Test: Australia v India at Brisbane, 29 November-2 December 1991". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "4th Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, 25–29 January 1992". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  17. "1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, 25–29 November 1994". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  18. "2nd Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, 24–29 December 1994". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  19. "3rd Test: Australia v England at Sydney, 1–5 January 1995". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  20. "5th Test: Australia v England at Perth, 3–7 February 1995". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  21. "3rd Test: Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, 30 November-4 December 1995". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.


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