Cricket players always take pride in representing the nation they belong to in the international circuit. However, it’s an interesting fact that some popular international cricketers ended up representing two countries in their career. Whether they didn’t get a chance to represent their native country or just that the infrastructure in the other countries they played for was far better, they did so to pursue their cricketing career successfully.
5 International Cricketers Who Represented Two Countries
So, let’s not keep you waiting and have a look at top 5 international cricket players who represented two countries in their cricketing career.
Edmund Joyce belonged to Ireland but his cricketing career saw him representing both Ireland and England. Until 2005, Ed Joyce was playing for Ireland and it was then that he decided to be part of the English outfit and got the opportunity in 2006-07 season.
He played the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series for England in 2006 and was involved in a match-winning effort against Australia in that series scoring a big ton. He was also part of the English squad in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
His stint with England didn’t last for too long, however, and he decided to play for Ireland again with his eyes on the ICC ODI World Cup 2011. He was fortunately allowed to be part of Ireland’s World Cup campaign.
Roelof van der Merwe
We have all seen the inspirational all-round performances from Van Der Merwe in the IPL where he donned the colors of RCB in the 2009 edition.
Soon after, he was picked in the South Africa squad for the T20I series against Australia, making his international debut.
Come 2015, he played for Netherlands in the series against Nepal and also went on to captain the Dutch team in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in 2019.
Starting his IPL career from Delhi Daredevils, Dirk Nannes’ fiery bowling spells earned him a reputation and he got the chance to represent CSK and RCB as well.
After making his name at the IPL and the Australian domestic circuit, he got the chance to represent Netherlands in the 2009 T20 World Cup and then went on to play for Australia in the 2010 T20 World Cup.
Representing Australia in the T20 World Cup 2010, he was the highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps to his credit.
Luke Ronchi is known as the top order blaster for New Zealand and has earned a reputation in a lot of T20 leagues around the world as well. Little did you know, he played for Australia as well for a short stint before becoming a regular Kiwi wicket-keeper.
He played as a backup for Brad Haddin during his time with the Australian cricket team. He got his first break as a result of an injury to Haddin making his debut in the shortest format of the game in 2008 against West Indies.
He was part of Australia until 2012 and was a backup for Brad Haddin right throughout. Later, however, he decided to get the New Zealand emigration and caught the eye of the selectors. He made his debut for New Zealand in 2013 in the series against England.
Young Eoin Morgan was an Irish player where he was always striving to make a mark at the international level. He donned the Irish colors in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
His immaculate transformation saw him becoming an innovative, destructive batsman for England in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. Since then, Morgan had an upward flight and he brought an aggressive approach in the England’s ODI setup after their humiliating exit from the ICC World Cup 2015.
The best from Morgan came in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 at home where he helped them lift the title. England’s most 300+ scores in the ODIs have also come under captain Morgan.
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