Cricket: Best of both worlds: Split personalities who captained and kept wicket in Tests

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OF the 1,414 Test matches played since 1877 wicketkeepers have been captain in 97, slightly less than seven per cent. Eighteen glovemen have done the job, six only once, including Stewart until now. The leading wicketkeepers, as it were, are:

Billy Murdoch

Led Australia 16 times but was wicketkeeper as well only once, the sixth Test of all in 1882. Australia beat England by five wickets.

Jack Blackham

A contemporary of the above, known as the prince of wicketkeepers but less noble as skipper. Won first three of six matches but neither led nor played again after England won after following on in 1895.

Ernest Halliwell

English-born South African who was a dazzling wicketkeeper but lost all three of his Tests as captain between 1896 and 1903.

Percy Sherwell

Played 13 Tests, all as captain and keeper. Led South Africa to their first Test win on his debut by sharing a last-wicket stand of 45 against England in 1905. Won five, lost six.

Ron Stanyforth

England's only other captain-keeper, shock choice to lead on 1927-28 tour, having never appeared in county cricket. Won two, lost one, drawn one.

Karl Nunes

The first Test captain of the West Indies in 1928, but took gloves only because side had no specialist keeper. Lost all three matches in the dual role, but scored 66 and 92 to save match in his last Test as captain only.

Jock Cameron

Sterling keeper who did admirable job for South Africa in nine dual matches between 1930 and 1932, winning his last two before gratefully surrendering the job.

Gerry Alexander

Eighteen matches between 1957 and 1960 in which West Indies were successful in seven and lost four. Opened batting once.

Imtiaz Ahmed

Originally a specialist batsman, he took the gloves in his fourth match for Pakistan in 1952 and retained them. Lost three, drew three of his six matches at helm.

Wasim Bari

Great keeper who got skipper's job by default when leading players joined Packer Revolution. Played six, lost two, drawn four, all against England.

Andy Flower

Used to open before taking up gloves. His 156 for Zimbabwe against Pakistan, in 1995, is also the highest Test score by a captain-keeper. Played eight, won one, lost five.

Lee Germon

Surprise selection to try to restore discipline to New Zealand's cricket in1996. Won one, lost four of 12 before being replaced by Stephen Fleming during England's last tour.

Rashid Latif

Another astonishing choice. Took over Pakistani captaincy from Wasim Akram this year. Started with a pair in defeat in his first match. Has followed that with draw and win.

One-match captains

Sir Murray Bisset (South Africa), Barry Jarman (Australia), Deryck Murray (West Indies).