Do You Know These England Opening Batsmen?

Do You Know These England Opening Batsmen?

There’s a particular mythology around opening the batting, especially in England, where fans have long thronged to salivate over the latest block-and-leave merchant. Nothing gets their willow oiled like watching an off-stump cartographer negotiate a spongy pile of moss in mid-April.

But do you know your Graces from your Gallians? Answer these eight questions on England Test match openers to test your mettle against the new nut.

  1. Which of these batsmen opened in three Test innings – the first in 1985 and the last in 1991?

    • David Gower
    • Ian Botham
    • Mike Gatting
  2. Which of these players opened only once, in a Test in 2012?

    • Matt Prior
    • Kevin Pietersen
    • James Anderson
  3. Who was Graham Gooch’s opening partner in the fourth Test between England and West Indies at Headingley, during the selectorial merry-go-round of 1988?

    • Chris Broad
    • Martyn Moxon
    • Tim Curtis
  4. Which of these men opened seven times for England in 2000 but in no other calendar year?

    • Darren Maddy
    • Mark Ramprakash
    • Rob Key
  5. Geoff Boycott made his England Test debut in the first Test of the 1964 Ashes, on his home ground, Headingley. Who was his opening partner in that match?

    • Colin Cowdrey
    • Ted Dexter
    • Fred Titmus
  6. If a list of England opening batsman, in chronological order of first time opening, reads: Joe Root, Sam Robson, Adam Lyth… what’s the next name?

    • Jonathan Trott
    • Moeen Ali
    • Alex Hales
  7. Who of these three opened the batting on most occasions for England?

    • Geoffrey Boycott
    • Graham Gooch
    • Mike Atherton
  8. Who, apart from himself, was WG Grace’s favourite opening batsman when he was captain of England?

    • Arthur Shrewsbury
    • Bobby Abel
    • Walter Read
Do You Know These England Opening Batsmen?


  1. shubham said

    this competion was a really mind blowing

  2. shubham said

    I am very lucky to play this game and i want to win the bat because ii am very big fan of cricket

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