Cricketers with famous sporting siblings

Following Brandon Starc's gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, take a look at cricket siblings who thrived in other sports

Martin Smith

12 April 2018, 02:16 PM

From the Chappells to the Waughs, the Blackwells to the Lannings, cricket has often been a family affair.

But while there have been multiple instances of famous cricketing families, there have also been times when the siblings of prominent cricketers have thrived in other sports.

In the wake of Brandon Starc's gold medal in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games, we take a look at other famous cross-code sporting siblings.

Rod and Graham Marsh (cricket and golf)

Graham on his way to winning the 1997 senior US Open // Getty
Graham Marsh on his way to winning the 1997 senior US Open // Getty

Rod Marsh's distinguished cricket career behind the stumps for Australia has been well-documented, but the decorated golfing life of his brother Graham is perhaps less known. A tall right-hander (Rod was a short and stocky left-hander), Graham registered an impressive 70 tournament victories during his career, including 10 on the European Tour and one on the PGA Tour in the United States, while he also won the national Open titles in India (twice), Malaysia (twice) and Thailand. He also registered seven top-10 finishes in Major tournaments, including fourth and equal-ninth in consecutive British Open Championships in 1983 and 1984.

Denis and Leslie Compton (cricket and football)

The famous Compton brothers both have the distinction of having played cricket and football at a high level; but while Denis is regarded as one of England's greatest cricketers, brother Leslie is more renowned as a footballer. A wicketkeeper-batsman, Leslie played more than 270 first-class cricket matches for Middlesex but it was in the winter sport that he thrived, playing 253 games for Arsenal and earning two England football caps. He won the league title with Arsenal in 1947-48 and also the FA Cup final in 1950, the latter alongside his brother. Denis finished his Test cricket career with 17 centuries and a batting average of 50 from 78 matches to go with his 54 games for Arsenal.

Dan and Nick Cullen (cricket and golf)

Nick Cullen lines up a putt during his 2014 Australian Open win // Getty
Nick Cullen lines up a putt during his 2014 Australian Masters win // Getty

The cricket career of Dan Cullen, an off-spinner who played one Test and five ODIs for Australia in 2006, ended somewhat prematurely, but his twin brother Nick has only just started to thrive on the golfing circuit. Having almost given the game away when his career stagnated in his twenties, Nick's crowning glory came in 2014 when he won the Australian Masters title, adding a gold jacket to the Baggy Green cap already in the Cullen family. With three professional titles to his name, Nick will this week play in the Spanish Open in Madrid.

Shaun, Mitchell and Melissa Marsh (cricket and basketball)

With their father Geoff a mainstay at the top of the order for Australia in the 1980s, brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh always seemed destined to follow into the world of international cricket. But sister Melissa, who sits between Shaun and Mitchell in age, also forged an impressive sporting career of her own. Melissa played a total of 266 games in the Women's National Basketball League across 14 years at the level, playing for both Perth and Adelaide, before she retired in 2014 at the age of 29.

Mitchell and Brandon Starc (cricket and high jump)

Brandon Starc celebrates his gold medal on Wednesday night // Getty
Brandon Starc celebrates his gold medal on Wednesday night // Getty

Mitchell Starc is normally the one dominating the sporting headlines in Australia, but younger brother Brandon took the limelight this week when he won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Having finished eighth in the high jump at the Glasgow games four years ago, Brandon shook off the disappointment of the Rio Olympics (where he finished last in the final) to clear a height of 2.32 metres, a personal best, to win his first medal at a major championships.

Ryan and Steele Sidebottom (cricket and Australian football)

A right arm fast bowler, Ryan Sidebottom's cricket career with Victoria was hurt by a string of serious injuries before he took up a deal with Warwickshire in English county cricket last year. Meanwhile, his brother Steele has established himself as one of the leading midfielders in the Australian Football League with 188 games to his name. A No.11 draft pick in 2008, Steele played all but one game in Collingwood's premiership win in 2010, earning a premiership medal at the tender age of 19. He was named the club's vice-captain in 2015 and won their best and fairest award last season.