While all hat-tricks are rare and prized, some examples are particularly extraordinary. On 2 December 1988, Merv Hughes, playing for Australia, dismissing Curtly Ambrose with the last ball of his penultimate over and Patrick Patterson with the first ball of his next over, wrapping up the West Indies first innings. When Hughes returned to bowl in the West Indies second innings, he trapped Gordon Greenidge lbw with his first ball, completing a hat-trick over two different innings and becoming the only player in Test cricket history to achieve the three wickets of a hat-trick in three different overs
Rajneesh is wrong, a hatrick can indeed span over 2 matches. Just to quote an example, our very own Javagal Srinath got rid of 2 South African batsmen in Ahmedabad test in 1996 and those happened to be the last 2 deliveries of the match. Next match in Kolkatta, he was on a hatrick on the first ball he bowled but couldnt achieve it
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by Pankaj Baadkar on Jul 17, 2009 12:14 PM
Ashish is right When Srinath was bowling the first ball of the next match @ Eden Gardens there was a display showing "Srinath on a Hat-Trick"
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by Prasenjit Guha on Jul 17, 2009 01:17 PM
Actually, the rule is simple. If a bowler takes three wickets with his three consecutive balls in test cricket spanning for even three test matches it is a hattrick.