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OTD| Hugh Trumble, the first man to take two Test hat-tricks was born in 1867

OTD| Hugh Trumble, the first man to take two Test hat-tricks was born in 1867

In this article, we will discuss the OTD Hugh Trumble, the first man to take two Test hat-tricks was born in 1867. On this day, back in 1867, Australia’s star cricketer Hugh Trumble was born, who performed exceptionally well for his side and took Australia to the pinnacle of the level. The great cricketer played 32 Test matches from 1890 to 1904 and also registered two wins as a Test captain in his early days. He has 141 scalps to his name and is currently regarded as one of only four cricketers to take the hat trick twice in Test cricket.

Notably, he is being regarded as one of the greatest Australian bowlers of the Golden Age of Cricket. In addition, the great all-rounder was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1897 and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 1996. The great cricketer was best known for giving his best on the softer pitches, like in England, but his pace helped him take the scalps even at the harder wickets.

Speaking about his international journey, the great off-spinner made his Test debut in 1890 against England; however, he wasn’t able to secure his place till 1896 due to his poor performances and heavy economy. However, his success for his national side helped him take on the role of captain in 1901–02 in the absence of Joe Darling.

Trumble was named to the squad in 1896, despite having poor form. However, after some time, he was able to get a permanent place in the Australian line-up. Notably, the 1899 Australia tour witnessed Trumble taking 142 wickets and having 1183 runs to his name. In that Test series against Australia, Trumble took 15 wickets and made 232 runs at an average of 39.

He played his last Test game in 1902, as he broke his thumb at the practice session, which ruled him out. However, despite that, he was able to play the final three Tests, where he picked up 26 wickets. Meanwhile, Trumble died at the age of 71 from a heart attack in his home in the eastern suburb of Hawthorn in Melbourne.

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