Test cricket is the most challenging format in the world without a shadow of any doubt. It tests the players’ patience, perseverance, caution, aggression and mental resilience throughout the game. The ones who possess these qualities are certain to make a telling impact.
The captain of the team needs to be aware of the moves that he is making, especially when it comes to declarations. At times, it might come to haunt the team when a slight mistake is made. Some captains paid the price after declaring and it was a disappointing outcome for them.
In this listicle, let’s learn more about the three players who lost more Tests as captains after declaring.
1. Ben Stokes
England’s Test captain Ben Stokes has been featured on the list as he has lost two matches as captain after declaring the innings. In fact, he suffered two such losses in 2023 – against New Zealand and Australia. Under his captaincy, England implied Bazball approach, a new strategy that saw batters started scoring runs at a rapid pace.
As a player, Ben Stokes scored 5756 runs for England so far. On the other hand, he scored one double century, 12 centuries and 28 half-centuries. He registered his personal best score of 258*. Besides that, he took 258 wickets including 4 fifers.
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2. Bishan Bedi
Former Indian captain Bishan Bedi is the other name that is on this list as he has lost two games as captain after declarations. Under his captaincy, India lost to West Indies in 1976 and Australia in 1977.
Bishan Singh Bedi operated as a slow left-arm orthodox bowler for India. He played 67 Tests for the country wherein he accounted for 266 dismissals including 14 five-wicket hauls. He registered his personal best bowling figures of 7/98.
3. Freddie Brown
Former England captain Freddie Brown has also lost two matches as captain after declarations. England lost to Australia in 1950 and South Africa in 1951. Notably, he scored 13,325 runs at an average of 27.36, including 22 centuries. On the other side of the coin, he took 1,221 wickets at a bowling average of 26.21.
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