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Famous birthdays: 1st twins to play Test cricket together, Signal sisters

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Signal and Rosemary ‘Rose’ Signal turns 58 today. They were the first twins to appear in a Test match together, much before Waughs did.

The sisters achieved this feat at Headingley in 1984.

Both the sisters were all-rounders with Rose being a fast bowler whereas Elizabeth was a fast-medium bowler.

They both played well for New Zealand under 25s to get to the England series.

They went on to play ODIs in that seriss but was not selected together.

However, they both got selected in the first Test match against England at Headingley, thereby, becoming the first twins to appear in a Test match together.

New Zealand went on to draw the match but there wasn’t a significant performance from both of them.

In the next Test, Rose didn’t make it but Elizabeth did. She went on to score an unbeaten 55 and picked up two quick wickets.

Years later, they both then appeared in an ODI together, becoming the first twins to do so. They played a match against the Netherlands which New Zealand won convincingly.

Their next tour was when they took on the hosts India. The Test series was a draw and India came back from 1-2 to win the five-match ODIs 3-2.

However, there wasn’t much of a contribution from the twins. After the series, Rose hung her boots and Elizabeth played for a few years before eventually hanging her boots.

No matter what, their domestic records were too good that they made it to the playing XI.

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