Claiming a hat-trick is a rare sight in the game of cricket. Batsmen with their incredible batting power and wide range of shots, make it extremely difficult for the best of bowlers to claim hat-tricks. In such situations picking more than one hat-trick requires exceptional bowling.
In the longer format, there are instances where a bowler has picked up a hat trick. But how many of them have claimed two hat-tricks?
In the history of cricket, there are only four who have taken a hat-trick more than once.
In this article, we will cover those players who have this laudable achievement.
Thomas James Matthews
Thomas James Matthews a.k.a Jimmy Matthews was an Australian leg break bowler. Possibly the best all-rounder, Matthews was famed to have taken two hat-tricks in a Test match.
In the opening Test match against South Africa in Old Trafford, Matthews took the last three wickets in the first innings registering his first hat-trick. Later that day, he claimed second hat-trick by dismissing Tommy Ward, Reggie Schwarz, and Herbie Taylor.
Matthews took no further wickets in the match, giving him figures of 6 for 54 runs.
Huge Trumble was an Australian bowling all-rounder who played 32 Test matches between 1890 to 1904. He captained his team in two Test matches, winning them both. He was regarded as one of the greatest Australian bowlers of the golden age of cricket.
Hugh delivered the ball at a quick pace compared to other spin bowlers. His tall stature and long fingers worked to his greatest advantage. He became the first bowler to pick a hat- trick twice against the same opponent in Melbourne.
Trumble took 141 Test wickets with an average of 21.78 runs per wicket in Test cricket. It was a world record at the time of his retirement.
Wasim Akram is known as a cricketer who could make the ball walk and talk like no else did. Regarded by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, his career record certainly bears that out.
Wasim became the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to claim two hat-tricks. He achieved this milestone against Sri Lanka in 1999. In the Asian Test Championship in Lahore, he picked up his first Test hat-trick followed by his second against the same opponent in Dhaka in the final.
A tall medium-pacer who has carved his way into the England team is the latest bowler to pick two hat-tricks in Test.
In July 2011, Broad claimed his first Test hat-trick against India. In the process, he gained his best Test figures of 6 wickets for 46 runs. He went on to get his second Test hat-trick in 2014 when England played against Sri Lanka.
Broad is currently the second-highest wicket-taker for England in Test.