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Bacher returns after seven years

By Rajneesh Gupta
January 31, 2005 11:14 IST
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Adam Bacher returned to international cricket after a gap of seven years, when he played for South Africa in the first one-day international against England at Johannesburg on Sunday.

The 31-year-old had played the last of his eight one-day internationals against Australia in Sydney at 1997-98.

Bacher missed 183 matches for South Africa during this period, which is the fourth highest figure for any player in the shorter version of the game. The record of missing most matches in between two appearances is of 218 matches held by another South African Errol Stewart.

The following table lists all players missing 100 (or more) matches in between two successive appearances:

Mts Player For Last match Comeback Match
218 ELR Stewart SA v Aus, Sydney, 25-01-1994 v BD, Potchefstroom, 03-10-2002
196 SV Bahutule Ind v Pak, Dhaka,16-01-1998 v NZ, Cuttack, 06-11-2003
184 GE Bradburn NZ v SL, Colombo RP, 13-12-1992 v Pak, Sharjah,12-04-2001
183 AM Bacher SA v Aus, Sydney, 27-01-1998 v Eng, Johannesburg, 30-01-2005
157 AR Kapoor Ind v SA, Rajkot, 29-10-1996 v Zim, Kanpur, 11-12-2000
156 GB Hogg Aus v Ind, Mohali, 03-11-1996 v SL, Perth, 22-12-2002
154 Sajid Ali Pak v Ind, Sharjah, 25-10-1991 v SL, Sharjah, 07-04-1997
153 VC Drakes WI v Aus, Georgetown, 18-03-1995 v SA, Colombo SSC, 13-09-2002
146 RR Singh Ind v WI, St.John's, 18-03-1989 v Aus, Mohali, 03-11-1996
142 ML Hayden Aus v Ind, Sharjah, 19-04-1994 v NZ, Wellington, 17-02-2000
132 MS Kasprowicz Aus v SL, Melbourne, 07-02-1999 v NZ, Guwahati, 09-11-2003
131 CB Lambert WI v Ind, Sharjah, 22-10-1991 v Eng, Bridgetown, 29-03-1998
128 Mohammad Zahid Pak v Ind, Toronto, 20-09-1998 v Zim, Harare, 27-11-2002
121 DJ Callaghan SA v NZ, Christchurch, 24-02-1995 v Aus, Durban, 12-04-2000
118 TJ Zoehrer Aus v Eng, Sharjah, 09-04-1987 v SA, Perth, 16-01-1994
117 Sikander Bakht Pak v Ind, Multan, 17-12-1982 v NZ, Dunedin, 06-02-1989
116 S Sriram Ind v Zim, Rajkot, 14-12-2000 v BD, Chittagong, 23-12-2004
114 MN Nawaz SL v Zim, Colombo SSC, 26-01-1998 v Eng, Trent Bridge, 27-06-2002
112 JP Maher Aus v SA, Perth, 18-01-1998 v SA, Centurion, 24-03-2002
110 W Larkins Eng v WI, Sydney, 22-01-1980 v SL, Delhi, 15-10-1989
110 Harvinder Singh Ind v Ind, Sharjah, 22-04-1998 v WI, Bulawayo QC, 30-06-2001
108 Fazal-e-Akbar Pak v Ind, Dhaka, 11-01-1998 v Eng, Leeds, 17-06-2001
108 DK Liyanage SL v SA, Lahore, 06-11-1997 v Zim, Sharjah, 30-10-2001
108 A Bhandari Ind v Pak, Dhaka, 03-06-2000 v Zim, Perth, 03-02-2004
102 RJ Bright Aus v Eng, Lord's, 04-06-1981 v NZ, Wellington, 26-03-1986
101 SJ Rixon Aus v WI, Castries, 12-04-1978 v WI, Brisbane, 13-01-1985
100 HP Tillekaratne SL v Eng, Lord's, 14-05-1999 v SA, Benoni, 01-12-2002

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