Tony Dodemaide of Australia did do it in 1987-88, when his first four Tests against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England and Pakistan were successive matches for Australia, so it wasn’t a case of him being in and out of the side.
Tony Dodemaide started his career as a fast-bowling all-rounder and appeared in 10 Tests and 24 One Day Internationals for Australia, taking 534 first-class wickets for Victoria and Sussex. In spite of healthy batting and bowling averages for an all-rounder at test level Tony only made 10 Test appearances.
On his debut, he took six wickets in the second innings against New Zealand in Melbourne in 1987. But it wasn’t unique, even then: the Scottish-born Middlesex and England opener Eric Russell had played his first five Tests against different countries during the 1960s (Pakistan, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand).
Since then three others have replicated Russell’s feat: Robin Peterson, the South African slow left-armer; and current New Zealand quick bowler; Trent Boult, and the Bangladesh fast bowler Hasibul Hossain, who actually only played five Tests, all against different opposition.
Originally posted 2013-10-12 08:40:58.