England have become (in)famous for their use of relatively obscure substitute fielders, typified by Tom Craddock's hand in the run-out of Steven Smith at Old Trafford on Sunday. Craddock is, certainly, not alone in his pseudo, fleeting contribution to the Test team.
England have become (in)famous for their use of relatively obscure substitute fielders, typified by Tom Craddock's hand in the run-out of Steven Smith at Old Trafford on Sunday. Craddock is, certainly, not alone in his pseudo, fleeting contribution to the Test team…
<b>1. Tom Craddock</b><br>An impressive performance for Essex against England during July's Ashes warmup, which included a first-innings five-for completed by the dismissals of Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Matt Prior, Craddock was promptly pinpointed for future honours. That credit came in Manchester – where he, Prior and James Anderson combined well enough to dismiss Smith, as the <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/betting-in-running/England-v-Australia-5587225.html' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>third Test betting odds hung in the balance</b></a>.
<b>2. Bill Root</b><br>England sport a penchant for keeping proceedings in the family – see Hollioakes, Broads, Cowdreys. So young Yorkshireman Billy's graduation to the Test fold, shortly after brother Joe's permanent berth was almost inevitable at Lord's. Nepotism this is not, even if the younger sibling is yet to make his first-class debut. "Being on the same field as my brother in an England Test match was very special, something that does not come round very often. Unless your surname is Waugh," said Root junior.
<b>3. Trevor Penney</b><br>Warwickshire's Penney and Duncan Fletcher were as thick as thieves during 2005's Ashes campaign – thanks largely to their Zimbabwean ties. While Penney was employed as a fielding coach, contractual obligations occasionally extended beyond the backrooms. Indeed, Fletcher cheekily had Penney stationed at cover and surrounds during the Nottingham clash.
<b>4. Gary Pratt</b><br>Perhaps the most notorious 12th man of the lot, Durham's Pratt dismissed Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge in 2005 – becoming an overnight sensation, of sorts. "My frustration at getting out was combined with the disappointment of being run out by a sub fieldsman, an issue that has concerned us since the start of the summer and one which we raised prior to the series," grumbled Ponting, who was largely deemed the villain in the piece.
<b>5. Scott Elstone</b><br>Staffordshire-born Elstone incurred the wrath of some pundits for wearing a England cap during his surrogate stint on the field during the second Test against India at Trent Bridge in 2011. While he probably hadn't done enough to genuinely earn the official head-wear of the Three Lions, two catches negated the criticism, though he did drop one too. Last seen playing for Derbyshire's second string.
<b>6. Jonny Tattersall</b><br>Plucked from his studies at King James School in May 2013, the 18-year-old Tattersall was one of four substitute fielders used against New Zealand at Headingley. "It was a great experience. Playing alongside your role models just makes you want to reach that next level. I had some friends there on the Sunday chanting my name, which was a good laugh. It was nice to feel welcomed onto the pitch," said Tattersall, who wasn't rewarded with a memento. "Unfortunately, I didn't get to keep the kit. I may have to wait a couple of years before it actually fitted me."
<b>7. Chris Taylor</b><br>Arguably the oldest of the bunch at a 36 years and 200-plus days, Gloucestershire assistant coach Taylor bucked the norm during 2013's second Ashes Test. England's usual request for a youngster took a backseat to the experience of fielding specialist Taylor. "It was surreal. I was at home thinking about what I needed to pack for Lord's, but realised that I obviously didn't need any batting gear, and, as all the training kit and playing whites are provided by England, I didn't need much in the way of equipment. I dusted off a pair of spikes from the garage that have seen better days and that was all I needed," he enthused.
<b>8. Tom Hampton</b><br>Currently playing for Kent, Hampton's notoriety is a comical tale. Determined to keep his eyes on the ball during catching drills prior to the start of play on day two of the first Test against the Indians at Lord's in 2011, he ran into a bucket of paint the groundstaff were going to use to retouch the crease lines. "Funniest moment I have seen at Lord's. Tom Hampton (England 12th man) catching a ball and landing in a bucket of paint," tweeted Michael Vaughan.
<b>9. Ben Foakes</b><br>Part of the a fold currently serviced by Craddock and Root junior, Foakes was in action at Old Trafford recently – while Stuart Broad enjoyed a toilet break. Not Pratt- nor Hampton-esque, the Essex batsman's spell was uneventful. The 20-year-old has greater ambition, though: "Joe Root is 22, had a couple of seasons in county cricket, did well on the Lions and now for England, which goes to show how quickly it can be done if you work hard. It gives a bit of inspiration to put the hours in in training so you don't have any regrets," said Foakes, who has welcomed some big innings for his county's second XI recently.
<b>10. Ben Spendlove</b><br>Having captured South Africa's Gerhardus Liebenberg off the bowling of Dominic Cork at Edgbaston in 1998, Derbyshire's Spendlove was the youngster English substitute fielder to take a catch in a Test match in the United Kingdom. Until Elstone went one better more than a decade later – and Craddock's run-out of Smith attempted to stave off <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/betting-in-running/England-v-Australia-5587225.html' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>1/16 odds on a draw in Manchester</b></a>.
<b>11. Vikram Solanki</b><br>He of 51 ODIs and two centuries, opening batsman Solanki often found himself on the peripherals of the playing XI due to innate inconsistency. A veritable livewire on the field, though, Solanki was often deployed as a substitute fielder – a move which often got under the skin of the opposition. The International Cricket Council have further defined rules regarding the use of 12th men. Loopholes, regardless, remain.
<b>12th man. Aaron Beard</b><br>Yet to debut as a substitute fielder for England, the baby-faced Beard will surely get a call-up soon enough. He played in the same farcical fixture – which ultimately lost its first-class status – that earned Craddock his keep. "I never thought I'd be out there at the age of 15, it's ridiculous really. It's surreal. I was nervous in the first couple of overs. I should be at school really but I got permission to come down to help the county. I came down to bowl to England and was going to stay to watch. I didn't think I'd get the chance to field," said the teenager.
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