The XI Players You Forgot Featured in Test Matches Since 2010

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IOctober 15, 2013

The XI Players You Forgot Featured in Test Matches Since 2010

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    There have been thousands of Test cricketers over the years, some far more memorable than others.

    Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Don Bradman, Jim Laker - you know the drill, they're household names, superstars, icons and legends.

    But what about those that aren't so sexy? That don't set the pulse racing. What about those who have played Test cricket and you totally forgot...

    Well Bleacher Report has compiled a list of eleven players who you forgot featured in Test matches since 2010.

Abhinav Mukund (India)

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    Mukund is still only 23 years old and may well feature for India in Test cricket again.

    The left handed batsman made his Test debut against the West Indies in Kingston, and in fact played 5 Test matches.

    He featured during the 4-0 whitewash by England in 2011; playing at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. He’s scored one Test 50 and twice has been out in the 40s. 

Michael Carberry (England)

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    Named in England’s Ashes squad for this winter, Carberry is on the comeback trail having played one solitary Test in Bangladesh way back in 2010 as a replacement for the resting Andrew Strauss.

    Carberry scored 64 runs in his two innings before being let back into county cricket upon Strauss’ return.

    However, Carberry has scored consistently in first-class cricket for Hampshire over the last couple of years and was rewarded with a run in the ODI team and now he is back in the Test setup. 

Subramaniam Badrinath (India)

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    Perhaps he deserves more than the two Test caps he has been given.

    Badrinath has long been a heavy scorer in Indian domestic cricket and was rewarded for that when he featured in two Tests against South Africa in 2010. He scored one fifty in his three innings before being consigned back to domestic cricket.

    He still plays for the Chennai Super Kings, but has struggled for runs of late. 

Mohammad Salman (Pakistan)

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    Former Pakistan wicket keeper Rashid Latif has been effusive in his praise for Salman, who is said to possess one of the finest keeping techniques in Pakistan.

    The 32 year old played the first of his two Tests in 2011 as a replacement for Kamran Akmal. However, after scoring just 25 runs in four innings he never played again. 

Jaydev Unadkat (India)

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    Left arm medium bowler Unadkat played one Test in 2010 against South Africa and went wicketless. He’s only 21 years of age and has been performing well for India A recently so could well feature again. 

Abhimanyu Mithun (India)

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    At 23 years of age and with fast bowling traditionally in short supply in India, Mithun may yet add to his four Tests.

    But if he does, that won’t have anything to do with a very inauspicious beginning to his international career in which he took just 9 wickets in his 4 Tests at an average of above 50. 

Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka)

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    Leg spinner Prasanna played one Test for Sri Lanka against Australia in 2011 and didn’t take a single wicket.

    He still plays for Sri Lanka A however, and with the Sri Lankan Test team an ageing one, if he can put together some consistent domestic performances it’s not unlikely that he will play again for his country in Test cricket. 

John Hastings (Australia)

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    Played one Test for Australia last year against South Africa taking just the one wicket and scoring 52 runs.

    Knowing the Australian selectors it’s impossible to tell whether or not he’ll ever play again! Bizarrely, he also has an IPL contract.

Kyle Abbott (South Africa)

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    It’s strange that Abbott makes this list, because he took 7 wickets in one innings on his debut and has a bowling average of just 7.55!

    Yet, he has only played one Test match and thus seems to pale into insignificance.

    He took that amazing haul against Pakistan in the final match of the series, and when South Africa played again their first-string bowling attack was back to full fitness.

    At 26 years of age he may play again.

Ryan McLaren (South Africa)

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    McLaren has made his name in limited overs cricket, however he played one solitary Test against England in 2010, taking one wicket and scoring 33 not out in his only innings.

    McLaren is a talented all round cricketer and can count himself unlucky to not have played more often for South Africa. 

Ajmal Shahzad (England)

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    Shahzad at his best is a thrilling sight.

    He can bowl at a good pace and generate big swing, however his best is rarely seen. He played one Test for England in 2010 against Bangladesh and a little like Abbott, was very successful, finishing the Test with a bowling average of just 15.75!

    However, England’s great bowling strength didn’t give him another look-in and he’s plied his trade in the county game ever since.