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Bill Frindall | 10:27 UK time, Sunday, 28 December 2008

Welcome to Ask Bearders, where Test Match Special statistician Bill "The Bearded Wonder" Frindall answers your questions on all things cricket.

Below are Bill's responses to some of your questions posed at the end of his last column and if you have a question for Bill, leave it at the end of this blog entry. Please do include your country of residence - Bill loves to hear where all his correspondents are posting from.

Bill isn't able to answer all of your questions, however. BBC Sport staff will choose a selection of them and send them to Bearders for him to answer.

Q. Am I right in thinking that, following A.B. de Villiers's recent duck against Bangladesh, James Anderson now has the longest Test career without getting a duck? Also, I was recently amusingly told that Geraint Jones went his entire Test career without getting a duck, until succumbing to a pair in his last appearance. Is this accurate? BarrellChestedDave

Bearders' Answer: Anderson (44 innings) is level with Australia's J.W. ('Jim') Burke (1950-51 to 1958-59) but one behind Pakistan's Yasir Hamid.

De Villiers enjoyed a record 78 innings before his first duck. Your Jones statement is correct; he batted 51 times before bagging a pair in his final two innings.

Q. I was surprised to see that Brett Lee's match analysis of 9 for 171 was the best of his Test career. Is his career total of 308 wickets (before Boxing Day Test) the most by a bowler who has never taken ten wickets in a Test match? Richie76

Bearders' Answer: No, but only England's R.G.D. ('Bob') Willis with 325 wickets has taken more without claiming ten in a match.

Q. Which bowler has the most caught and bowled in Tests and limited-overs internationals? MidmorningWarning

Bearders' Answer: The Test record is currently held by India's Anil Kumble with 35 catches off his own bowling but Muthiah Muralitharan (32 before Sri Lanka's current rubber in Bangladesh) is close behind. No other bowler has held more than 21.

Murali (29) shares the record in internationals with New Zealand's Chris Harris. Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq (20) is the only other bowler to exceed 18.

Murali (61) holds the combined Test/international record ahead of Kumble (53).

Q. How often has England lost a Test having declared in their second innings and set their opponents a target in the fourth innings of the match? Before Madras recently, when was the last time this happened? Censura

Bearders' Answer: England has now lost three matches after declaring their second innings, the others being against Australia at Leeds in 1948 and against West Indies at Lord's in 1984.

Ignoring the infamous Cronje forfeiture of 1999-2000, there have been 11 instances, the most recent before Madras being South Africa's against Australia at Sydney in 2005-06.

Q. Sachin Tendulkar recently broke Brian Lara's aggregate record for Test runs but a West Indian friend of mine said the vast majority of these were made at home on India's flat batting tracks. His underlying assertion is that Lara's record was greater given that he scored more runs abroad (even though his 400 and 375 were made at home). What are the stats for the number of runs made by the two respectively on home soil? James, Trinidad and Tobago

Bearders' Answer: The figures below show that your friend is wrong. Notably Lara's away average is 10 runs lighter than his home one whereas Tendulkar's differs by just one run.

Lara
At Home:

Inns Runs Avge 100

111 6217 58.65 17

Away:

Inns Runs Avge 100

119 5695 48.26 17

Tendulkar
At Home:

Inns Runs Avge 100

115 5608 54.98 18

Away:

Inns Runs Avge 100

141 6821 53.71 23

Q. I know that Shane Warne has scored the most Test runs (3,142) without ever getting a century (his nearest challengers, Vaas and Kumble, both got centuries recently), but which batsman has scored the most runs without ever getting a fifty? Jonathan Ellis

Bearders' Answer: Waqar Younis is your man. He scored 1,010 runs, average 10.20, in 120 innings, with a top score of 45. His nearest challenger is Fred Trueman with 981 runs, average 13.82, from 85 innings and a highest score of only 39 not out.

Q. Is the length of a cricket pitch called a "run" (we have a 50/50 split at work)? ncollyer

Bearders' Answer: The 50 who said it wasn't called a run were correct! Nor has it ever been. The pitch is the distance (22 yards or one chain - the latter being a linear unit for measuring land) between the two sets of stumps. The distance necessary to score a run is only that between the inside of the two popping creases which are set four feet in front of the stumps.

Q. I have been wondering about Ian Botham's record when playing for Queensland in the late Eighties. Did he score any hundreds or claim any five-wicket hauls? What were his averages? Did he play for them for just one season? David Gunner

Bearders' Answer: Wonder no more. Sir Ian appeared in 11 first-class matches for Queensland, all in 1987-88, scoring 646 runs (avge 34.00) and taking 29 wickets (avge 27.75). He failed to score a hundred or to take five wickets in an innings. The highest of his seven fifties was 70 against Western Australia at Perth and his best bowling analysis was 3 for 12.

Q. Allan Border once had scores of 98 not out and 100 in the same Test against West Indies. Is this the only instance of a batsman scoring a hundred and remaining unbeaten in the 90s in the same Test? Prashant, New York

Bearders' Answer: Border (at Port-of-Spain in 1983-84) is the only Australian to do this but four other batsmen (two apiece from England and West Indies) have achieved this unusual double: Gary Sobers (Georgetown 1967-68), Mike Atherton (Christchurch 1996-97), Shiv Chanderpaul (Lord's 2004) and Andrew Strauss (Port Elizabeth 2004-05).

Q. With the recent call up to the England squad of Kent's Amjad Khan, has there ever been a Danish-born Test player? Alan Glaum

Bearders' Answer: No Test cricketer has been born in Denmark and only one has died near there. J.W.H.T. (Johnny) Douglas was drowned at sea attempting to save his father after their ship collided with another in fog seven miles south of the Laeso Trindel lightship in December 1930.

Q. How do the methods of dismissal of the current top three Test wicket-takers (Muralitharan, Warne and Kumble) differ from each other? Sirianblog

Bearders' Answer: Before Murali's appearances in the current Bangladesh v Sri Lanka series, their dismissals were as follows:

Tests Wickets B Ct LBW St Hit Wkt

Muralitharan 122 751 160 403 143 44 1

Warne 145 708 116 418 138 36 0

Kumble 132 619 94 345 156 24 0

Q. My great-grandmother (aged 98) claims that her brother played cricket for Surrey, possibly as a wicket-keeper. His name was Jack Brown. Can you find him in your records? Isaac Dunn, England

Bearders' Answer: Sadly, I cannot find a Jack Brown who played for Surrey. A grand total of 38 players are listed as 'J.Brown' on the Cricket Archive website but none played for Surrey. The county's own register of first-class cricketers includes only one Brown who played in the first half of the 20th century - F.R. ('Freddie') Brown who appeared for Surrey (1931-48) before captaining Northamptonshire and England.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    In Tests, what is the highest 1st innings total posted by a team batting 1st, only to go on to lose the match?

    And from the other end of the spectrum (If I may cheekily sneak in another question) What is the lowest 20/20 total that has been successfully defended (excluding D/L results)

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    Has their ever been a cricket team who defeated both England & Australia in a TEST SERIES Away from home in a CALENDAR YEAR?

    Would South Africa be the first country ever to achieve such a feat should they beat Australia in the 2nd Test at MCG?

    I am from South Yorkshire, England.

    Keep up the wonderful work.

  • Comment number 4.

    In the Boxing Day Test I noticed that Michael Clarke went a whole session without hitting a boundary scoring just 25 runs. Obviously in the really old times this was nothing irregular but since 1975 how many batsman have gone a whole session without hitting a boundary and also who holds the record for the lest runs in a session since 1975.

  • Comment number 5.

    Is Dravids score in the second innings of the boxing day test of Australia vs India 2007, the least runs scored per ball bowled?

    Links to scorecard

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/fds/hi/statistics/cricket/scorecards/2007/12/14335/html/scorecard.stm

  • Comment number 6.

    I'm not sure if its possible, and might take a lot of hard work, but is it possible to show Andrew Flintoff's bowling figures to right and left handed bastman, because its been raised before that he's much better to left handers than he is right handers and I was hoping the stats would back up or reject this argument.

  • Comment number 7.

    which brothers have the most test runs combined together. my guest is steve and mark waugh

  • Comment number 8.

    should England be allowed to push the borders in a 'gentlemans' game;they got away with it in the bodyline series but K.P. switch-hitting ?

  • Comment number 9.

    question 5 - Mr Yorkshire Taff

    no it isn't

    Dravid's 5 in 66 balls is slow scoring, a run every 13.2 balls, but its not the slowest

    i don't actually know the slowest but several are slower than Dravid, just a couple of examples:

    G Miller ENG vs AUS 1978 - 7 runs in 101 balls, 14.4 balls per run

    Nawab of Pataudi Jr IND vs ENG 1973 - 5 runs 83 balls, 16.6 balls per run

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Bill,

    I have a question about Greek Cricketers...now I know that ex-Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie is half Greek and of course Safrican keeper Nic Pothas is also of Greek descent - but are these the only "Greeks" to have played
    a) international cricket
    b) first-class cricket

    I thought there might be a few more Aussies (esp in Victoria)/Saffers around.

    By the way we have a new ground in Athens which, fingers crossed, will herald the rise of the Minotaurs on the world cricket scene...

    Cheers El Greco

  • Comment number 11.

    question 7 - Alonso Must Stay

    yup they are, but Sunil Gavaskar and his brother-in-law Gundappa Viswanath run them close

    Waughs 10,927 + 8029 =18,956
    Sunil and Vis. 10,122 + 6080 = 16,202

    also to be mentioned are the 4 brothers who played for Pak, Hanif, Mushtaq,
    Sadiq and Wazir Mohammad, whose combined total is to be reckoned with

    Mohammads 3,915 + 3,643 + 2,579 + 801 = 10,938

    which together would put them 4th on the run scoring list just above Steve Waugh

    and the 3 Chappells who scored 79 + 7110 + 5345 = 12,534

    as far as i can see no other brothers have combined to score 10,000+ runs

  • Comment number 12.

    has anybody apart from andrew strauss been on the losing side despite scoring a century in both innings of a test match?

  • Comment number 13.

    question 12 - Jez229

    yes...this was answered in the last blog (maybe a forum would solve this problem)

    batsmen who scored a 100 in each innings but their team still lost

    A Flower ZIM vs SA 2001
    Gavaskar IND vs PAK 1978
    Hazare IND vs AUS 1948
    G Headley WI vs ENG 1939
    Lara WI vs SL 2001
    Strauss ENG vs IND 2008
    Sutcliffe ENG vs AUS 1925
    Walcott WI vs AUS 1955

  • Comment number 14.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 15.

    Re 1 (devonFRATTONiser)

    There have been six instances where a first innings of a test match (batting first) of 500 or more scored by the losing side, five of them in Australia:

    586 - A (586/166) v E (325/437). Sydney, 1894-95
    556 - A (556/196) v I (523/233-6), Adelaide, 2003-04
    551-6d - E (551-6d/129) v A (513/168-4). Adelaide, 2006-07
    526-7d - WI (526-7d/92-2d) v E (404/215-3). Port of Spain, 1967-68
    520 - A (520/209) v SA (435/297-4), Melbourne, 1952-53
    519 - E (519/257) v A (491/287-5), Melbourne, 1928-29

    The lowest first innings (batting first), 100 or less, by teams eventually winning:

    45 - E (45/184) v A (119/97), Sydney, 1886-87
    63 - A (63/122) v E (101/77), The Oval, 1882
    75 - E (75/475) v A (123/333), Melbourne, 1894-95
    76 - E (76/162) v SA (110/75), Leeds, 1907
    92 - E (92/330) v SA (177/330), Cape Town, 1898-99
    The lowest in the past ten years is:
    104 - I (104/205) v A (203/93), Mumbai, 2004-05

  • Comment number 16.

    Following on from the Botham question in the this blog...

    Obviously many players come over to England as overseas players but I haven't heard of many Englishmen going the other way.

    Therefore, which Englishmen have played in 1st class cricket in other countries (discounting the likes of Pietersen who started playing in their native country)?
    Also, how do their stats compare?

  • Comment number 17.

    Re 5 (MrYorkshireTaff)

    Runs Balls
    0 - 77 - GI Allott, NZ-SA, Auckland, 1998-99
    3* - 100 - JT Murray, E-A, Sydney, 1962-63
    7 - 101 - G Miller, E-A, Mrlbourne, 1978-79
    9 - 102 - CG Rackemann, A-E, Sydney, 1990-91
    11 - 108 - DP Fleming, NZ-E, Wellington, 2001-02
    13 - 157 - Yashpal Sharma, I-A, Adelaide, 1980-81
    17* - 157 - GM Ritchie, A-I, Sydney, 1985-86
    22 - 161 - Salim Altaf, P-E, Leeds, 1971
    28 - 177 - CL Smith, E-P, Karachi, 1983-84
    29* - 235 - RC Russell, E-SA, Johannesburg, 1995-96
    35 - 240 - CJ Tavare, E-I, Chennai, 1981-82
    38 - 275 - TE Bailey, E-A, Leeds, 1953
    68 - 427 - TE Bailey, E-A, Brisbane, 1958-59
    91 - 487 - AC Bannerman, A-E, Sydney, 1891-92
    136* - 510 - S Chanderpaul - WI-I, St John's, 2001-02
    158 - 524 - CT Radley, E-NZ, Auckland, 1977-78
    177 - 603 - WR Hammond, E-A, Adelaide, 1928-29
    234 - 667 - SG Barnes, A-E, Sydney, 1946-47
    259 - 759 - GM Turner, NZ-WI, Georgetown, 1971-72
    364 - 847 - L Hutton, E-A, The Oval, 1938

  • Comment number 18.

    Athanasios John Traicos ( SA + Zim) was of Greek descent. I remember reading about another South African of Greek descent (Xenophon Balaskas , 1910-1994), in either the Cricketer or Wisden Cricket Monthly in the 80's . I think he was a coach.
    I once heard a story that some cricket was played on Corfu , due to forces influence
    ( Michael Green, author of the ' Art of coarse'
    series, possibly ) .

  • Comment number 19.

    re 16 : Diverging to international cricket ,I'd imagine that this happened quite a lot in the early days of test cricket-
    Frank Hearne played for SA against his two brothers in the England team. (seven others have played for England and another country, but I'm not sure where these were born) . Recently, I think Courtney Browne
    (WI W-K ) was born in London. Was Roger Twose (NZ) not English ? .

    Hick and Maynard spent time in NZ in the 80's

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi

    I was wondering if you could tell me which player has taken part in the most test matches as a 12th man?

    Also, does taking part as a 12th man count as an official test in the players personal record?

    Thanks

  • Comment number 21.

    Bill, I've been doing my own research into this but have hit a bit of a brick wall. I'm trying to compile a list of players who have taken a test wicket, made a test stumping and scored a test hundred, obviously not necessarily in the same match. So far I have Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers and Javed Miandad, but I'd expect to find a couple more. Could you help at all on this?
    Mike - Liverpool

  • Comment number 22.

    #8

    KP's Switch hitting, is not 'pushing the borders in a gentlemans game', he is deploying a shot that is near on impossible to execute. He has developed this shot through hours of practise in the nets & should be congratulated for pushing the borders of batsmanship

  • Comment number 23.

    I have recently been reading a book about the Coopers Deloitte Ratings in the eighties and the match report for Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth in Feb 1988 states that only the first day was shown on TV. I was wondering when it last occured that a Test or ODI wasn't televised? I seem to remember that India v Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup (including Kapil Dev's 175 not out) was not televised at all due to a cameraman's strike.

  • Comment number 24.

    Re: 12 and 13.

    Brian Lara scored a double century and a single century against Sri Lanka and West Indies still lost.

  • Comment number 25.

    re 21

    I think this is more common than you might think. Kirmani and Parks

    Clyde Walcott took 11 wickets made 11 stumpings and hit 15 centuries

  • Comment number 26.

    I notice that you often refer to the method or location of death of cricketers. Is this an interest?

    What is the most unusual method of death for a first class cricketer? How many have been murdered?

  • Comment number 27.

    in 1995, the following players played in an u19 international between England & South Africa.

    ME Trescothick
    VS Solanki
    A Flintoff
    AJ Tudor
    MV Boucher
    AG Prince
    HH Dippenaar
    ND McKenzie
    BK Hughes
    M Ntini
    M Morkel

    I wondered which u19 fixture had the most players, who went on to play full Test cricket


  • Comment number 28.

    27, surely Morkel can't have played in 1995, he was only born in 84!

  • Comment number 29.

    28

    True!! Although there was an M Morkel who played in the game & opened the bowling

  • Comment number 30.

    In the last match of the India England test series a large number of overs were lost due to the bad light at the start of each days play. In recent years captains often get fined for low over rates as the full 90 overs aren't bowled each day.
    If a match ends in a draw then in a 90 overs a day match in theory 444 can be competed (90*5 - 3*2 for change of innings) though there will likely be several incomplete overs at the end of innings. Has this figure ever been achieved? If not what is the largest number of overs bowled in a 5 day test match? Presumably more were bowled in the timeless tests?

    Richard
    Cambridge

  • Comment number 31.

    Bearders,
    With the recent resurgence of the tail batting on and on in the Australia vs South Africa series, it led me to wonder what would be considered the Test innings where the runs were most evenly shared by the 11 batsmen, and how often has the bottom half of the batting order outscored the top half?
    Cheers from New York
    Peter Steep

  • Comment number 32.

    question 26 - Sir Ian Blog

    the opposite of your question is Leslie Hylton, who played 6 tests for WI, and was hanged as a murderer

    of 1st class cricketers who were murdered there are at least 11 certain and 5 or 6 others (including Woolmer and Hookes) who may have died at the hands of others

    of the 11 only one played tests Jeff Stollmeyer - WI 32 tests

  • Comment number 33.

    question 21 - Rice YYY

    of genuine keepers (those who were nominated 'keeper at the start of the match) there have been 6 who have scored 100 and made a stumping and taken a wkt in their career:

    JM Parks
    T Arif (the test when Miandad took a stumping)
    Kirmani
    T Taibu
    M Boucher
    C Walcott (although never took a wkt when designated keeper)

    others have also achieved this but as batsmen who took the gloves in emergencies, examples not yet mentioned:

    Vijay Manjrekar IND scoring 7 tons, 2 stumpings and 1 wkt
    John Reid NZ 6 tons, 1 stump, 85 wkt
    Robert Christiani WI 1 ton, 2 stump, 3 wkts

    there are probably a few others too, go here

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerCountryList.asp

    and spend 60 minutes or so going through all the nations, you'll find them all easily

  • Comment number 34.

    Bearders:

    Kindly tell me which opening test batsman had the most opening partners. I'm thinking it's the late Roy Fredericks who had Steve Comacho, Geoffrey Greenidge, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Lewis, Vivian Richards, Derrick Murray, Leonard Baichan, and a few others. Am I correct?

    Sincerely,

    Roy Brummell

  • Comment number 35.

    I think Graham Gooch may have had more opening partners than Roy Fredericks. I can remember M Brearley, G Boycott, C Tavare, T Robinson, W Slack, M Benson, M Moxon, W Athey, C Broad, T Curtis, J Stephenson, W Larkins, M Atherton, A Stewart, H Morris - purely out of those who were actually selected as openers. Not to mention that on one occasion, David Gower was pushed up the order to open a second innings with Gooch when quick runs were needed and the other official opener was the slow-scoring Atherton (the tactic failed, as it happened.)

    So, I've been able to find 16 opening partners for Gooch in Tests, 15 if you discount Gower. If we add in ODIs as well, you can also add G Fowler as well (and it was a surprise that they never opened as a pair in Tests): and there may be more.

    Boycott may have had even more opening partners, though. Not been able to count them all, although he only shared three opening partners with Gooch: Brearley, Tavare and Larkins (often with Gooch batting in the middle order), plus, of course, opening with Gooch himself on a lot of occasions. Can anyone list the people Boycott had as opening partners? From the "regular openers" to such cases as D Randall, normally a middle-order batsman but pushed into opening on a few occasions in ODIs?

    As for #8's snide comment about "bodyline" bowling: An Aussie, I assume? And you guys call *us* Whinging Poms. Guess who's still up to carrying on the longest whinge in history, even after having produced Lillee and Thomson... If there was a disgrace, I would tend to say it was the way Larwood was subsequently treated by both English and Australian cricket authorities.

    #10 - There was a person of Greek descent who played for South Africa in the 1930's, and even won a Test at Lords against England: Xenophon C. Balaskas.

  • Comment number 36.

    Bearders, I'm currently arguing with a few of my Australian mates about the merits of certain bowlers. They swear blind that currently Shane Watson, a player who can't make the Australian starting 11 is a better bowler than Freddie Flintoff. Their principle argument is Freddie is worse because he isn't taking top order wickets at the moment. I'm convinced that Freddie is by far and a way a superior bowler, what facts could help me convince them of this?

  • Comment number 37.

    Re 16 (LichfieldBlade)

    Not a full answer to your question but assuming your thoughts are confined to players in teams contesting national championships then I can at least supply a list of British born players who first played in the County Championship before taking part in the Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup (Australia). A couple surprised me! Here they are:

    GAR Lock
    1962/63-1970/71 - W Aust - 66 matches - 1271 runs (15.31) - 302 wkts (23.87)
    PJ Loader
    1963/64 - W Aust - 1 - 0 (0.00) - 0 (for 85 runs)
    TW Graveney
    1969/70 -1971/72 - Queensland - 6 - 134 (19.14) - did not bowl
    JH Hampshire
    1977/78-1978/79 - Tasmania - 10 - 782 (41.15) - did not bowl
    J Simmons
    1977/78-1978/49 - Tasmania - 10 - 373 (26.64) - 29 (32.37)
    PD Bowler
    1986/87 - Tasmania - 1 - 7 (7.00) - 0 (for 21 runs)
    RM Ellison
    1986/87 - Tasmania - 8 - 261 (29.00) - 21 (27.85)
    VJ Marks
    1986/87 - W Aust - 11 370 (46.25) - 30 (31.83)
    IT Botham
    1987/88 - Queensland - 11 - 646 (34.00) - 29 (27.75)
    C White
    1990/91 - Victoria - 2 - 28 (14.00) - 2 (35.00)
    DJ Spencer
    1993/94 - W Aust - 8 - 75 (10.71) - 20 (37.50)
    DJ Millns
    1994/95 - Tasmania - 6 - 76 (76.00) - 18 (44.72)

  • Comment number 38.

    The recent test in Dunedin between New Zealand and the West Indies was predictably curtailed by bad weather. I cannot understand why the tests in Dunedin are not held later in the summer. I would be interested to know which test grounds in New Zealand have the best and worst records in terms of time lost due to bad weather. Also, which month has proved to be the best for holding tests in Dunedin and which has been the worst.

    raycov, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Comment number 39.

    MOST TEST OPENING PARTNERS

    SM Gavaskar (19)
    - S Abid Ali, M Amarnath, Arun Lal, RMH Binny, CPS Chauhan, FM Engineer, AD Gaekwad, HS Kanitkar, AV Mankad, SS Naik, GA Parkar, RD Parkar, M Prabhakar, Pranab Roy, P Sharma, RJ Shastri, ED Solkar, K Srikkanth, DB Vengsarkar.

    GA Gooch (18)
    - MA Atherton, CWJ Athey, MR Benson, G Boycott, JM Brearley, BC Broad, G Cook, TS Curtis, DI Gower, W Larkins, H Morris, MD Moxon, RT Robinson, BC Rose, WN Slack, JP Stephenson, AJ Stewart, CJ Tavaré.

    L Hutton (18)
    - TE Bailey, CJ Barnett, JG Dewes, WJ Edrich, AE Fagg, PA Gibb, H Gimblett, TW Graveney, JT Ikin, WW Keeton, D Kenyon, FA Lowson, JH Parks, JDB Robertson, DS Sheppard, RT Simpson, C Washbrook, W Watson.

    Saeed Anwar (18)
    - Aamir Sohail, Abdur Razzaq, Ali Naqvi, Azhar Mahmood, Basit Ali, Ijaz Ahmed, Imran Nazir, Mohammad Wasim, Naved Ashraf, Salim Elahi, Shadab Kabir, Shahid Afridi, Shakeel Ahmed, Shoaib Mohammad, Taufaaq Umar, Wajahatullah Wasti, Zahid Fazal, Zahoor Elahi.

    G Boycott (16)
    - DL Amiss, RW Barber, KF Barrington, JM Brearley, AR Butcher, MC Cowdrey, JH Edrich, GA Gooch, W Larkins, BW Luckhurst, C Milburn, JT Murray, DW Randall, BC Rose, WE Russell, FJ Titmus.

    RC Fredericks (15)
    - L Baichan, GS Camacho, MC Carew, TM Findlay, MLC Foster, CG Greenidge, GA Greenidge, RGA Headley, BD Julian, AI Kallicharran, RB Kanhai, DM Lewis, DL Murray, IVA Richards, LG Rowe.

    JH Edrich (14)
    - DL Amiss, RW Barber, KF Barrington, JB Bolus, G Boycott, JM Brearley, DB Close, ER Dexter, KWR Fletcher, BW Luckhurst, C Milburn, RM Prideaux, MJ Stewart. B Wood.

    MA Atherton (13)
    - MA Butcher, JP Crawley, JER Gallian, GA Gooch, SP James, NV Knight, W Larkins, MN Lathwell, DL Maddy, MR Ramprakash, RA Smith, AJ Stewart, ME Trescothick.

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Bill,

    How many times has a Test side scored 400+ runs and lost all 10 wickets in one day.

    I think it happen in 2005 between Eng and Aus

    Thanks!

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi Bill.
    Recently you have been refering to ODI's as "internationals", where you used to call them LOI's. Is there any reason for this? Do you include 20-20 games in this classification?
    Aaron, Newcastle-U-T.

  • Comment number 42.

    I know the question am going to ask is conterversial, my question is that when sri lanka offered to tour pakistan in replace for india's tour, then why did ICC intrupt the discussion by sayin that their should be security check for upmires. and also is icc now below the ranking of indian cricket board.

  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Beaders, I was wondering if you (or anyone reading this) could answer my query: We all know about batsmen becoming a bowlers 'bunny' during test series, I was wondering if a batsman has ever been dismissed by the same bowler in every innings played in a test series, if not, what is the most times one bowler has dismissed the same batsman in a series?

    Hope this makes sense...

  • Comment number 44.

    Bill,

    I know David Gower famously hit his first ball in test cricket for four but has anyone ever gone one better and hit their first ball in test cricket for six?

    Andy

  • Comment number 45.

    Thanks for all the comments back on the Dravid question and the slowest run rate. I wonder, with his 5 runs off 66 balls and 16 runs off 114 balls, does he have the slowest for both innings combined? i.e. the slowest run rate over the course of two innings.

  • Comment number 46.

    Monty Panesar recently took his 100'th test wicket and it was noted that he had done it in a similar number of tests to certain other well-known bowlers like Bob Willis.

    I was wondering a) where Monty fits in after 100 wickets compared with others at the same point in their careers - in terms of averages, runs conceded etc; and b) how they all developed afterwards - is the first 100 usually better, worse or the same as the next 100?

    BTW congratulations on the beard award Mr Frindall.

  • Comment number 47.

    question 46 - The Drinks Carrier

    it took Monty (ave after innings achieving 100/career ave 31.65/33.05) and Willis (26.44/25.20) 28 tests to reach 100 wkts, many have reached 100 quicker, examples of players who went on to take a lot more are (with ave at inns of 100 and career ave):

    Murali - 27 (31.5/21.85)
    Imran Khan - 26 (31.45/22.81)
    M Marshall - 26 (25.66/20.95)
    Trueman - 25 (22.18/21.58)
    Warne - 23 (24.20/25.42)
    McGrath - 23 (24.69/21.64)
    Botham - 19 (18.97/28.40)
    Grimmet - 17 (28.07/24.22)

    make of that what you will

  • Comment number 48.

    question 43 - Short Spin

    yes, although maybe not the answer you want

    there have been numerous one test series and so, for example:

    in ZIM vs IND 1992 Kapil Dev took ADR Campbell's wkt in both innings
    or the 1982 1 game series between ENG and SL DS da Silva was dismissed in both innings by Underwood, as was G Cook by ALF De Mel

    (both being first tests for SL and ZIM)

  • Comment number 49.

    Q)Which batsman has been adjudged out the most number of times to a debutant (both in Tests and ODIs)?

    My guess :Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Comment number 50.

    Dale Steyn has just reached 150 wickets taken and seems to have an incredible strike rate and pretty good average too

    Has anyone reached 150 wickets faster than him in terms of balls bowled? Also who has got to this landmark first in terms of fewest matches and who has got there while conceding the fewest runs

    Who was quickest to 100 200 300 etc in each of these three criteria?

  • Comment number 51.

    Answer to number 3 from coolinterstar


    West Indies beat Australia in Dec 1979 to Jan 1980 (series was won at 3rd test in Jan 1980) and then beat England in June 1980

    (i'll thank cricinfo for those stats)

  • Comment number 52.

    Greetings from the US where we have one, real turf wicket!

    I was wondering (surprisingly hard to find) how many sides have one a Test series in Australia, full stop. If you subtract out Windies (1970-2000) and England (1870-1900), it must be only a handful! So what's the answer?

    Regarding #26, WWI would skew that data, no?

  • Comment number 53.

    With the recent introduction of the "Super Over" in the 20-20s do you record the figures for the batsmen/bowlers in your statistics in any way?

  • Comment number 54.

    Mr Bearder,
    I know many Cricketers have been awarded medals in the World Wars, Has any won a Victoria Cross? I also seem to recall during the Second War, Bill Edrich went out to bat wearing his DFC ribbon. Anybody else did that?

    Brian
    North Vancouver BC
    Canada

  • Comment number 55.

    Re 40 (sleepingkerrps)

    Yes, it did happen in 2005 as you say, and also on six other occasions -

    428 - SA-E, Lord's, 1907, Day 1, whole innings
    448 - SA-A, Manchester, 1912, Day 1, whole innings
    407 - E-A, Leeds, 1921, Day 1, whole innings
    450 - SA-A, Johannesburg, 1921-22, Day 1, whole innings
    451 - SA-NZ, Christchurch, 1931-32, Day 2, whole innings
    423 - NZ-E, Christchurch, 2001-02, Day 3, from 28-0 to 451 all out
    407 - A-E, Birmingham, 2005, Day 1, whole innings

  • Comment number 56.

    Re 52 (CowCorner Cathedral)

    South Africa are the fourth visiting side to win a series in Australia, and only two (England and West Indies) have done so more than once. South Africa's achievement ends a run of 27 series not lost by Australia. Visiting winners -

    E - 1884/85, 1886/87, 1894/95, 1903/04, 1911/12, 1928/29, 1932/33, 1954/55, 1970/71, 1978/79
    WI - 1979/80, 1984/85
    NZ - 1985/86
    E - 1986/87
    WI - 1988/89, 1992/93

  • Comment number 57.

    Who holds the unfortunate record for the most test match innings played as an opener, without ever reaching 50? Who holds this record for England?

    Andrew
    Hong Kong

  • Comment number 58.

    DISMISSED BY THE SAME BOWLER IN BOTH INNINGS, THREE TIMES IN A SERIES

    x = other dismissal

    1894-95 - ES Gregory (A) by T Richardson (E) in A
    (1) x, x (2) ct, b (3) ct, b (4) x (5) ct, b

    1956 - KR Miller (A) by JC Laker (E) in E
    (1) lbw, lbw (2) x, x (3) b, ct (4) ct, b (5) x, not out

    1956 - RN Harvey (A) by GAR Lock (E) in E
    (1) lbw, b (2) x, x (3) ct, c/b (4) x, x (5) ct, ct

    1960 - TL Goddard (SA) by JB Statham (E) in E
    (1) ct, ct (2) b, ct (3) x, x (4) ct, not out (5) ct, ct - TOTAL of 7

    1985-86 - GRJ Matthews (A) by RJ Hadlee (NZ) in A
    (1) b, ct (2) ct, lbw (3) b, lbw

    1998-99 - D Ganga (WI) by SM Pollock (SA) in SA
    (1) did not play (2) did not play (3) debut b, ct (4) ct, lbw (5) ct, ct

    2005 - AJ Strauss (E) by SK Warne (A) in E
    (1) x, x (2) b, b (3) x, x (4) ct, ct (5) ct, ct

    2005-06 - ML Hayden (A) by M Ntini (SA) in SA
    (1) ct, ct (2) ct, ct (3) ct, ct

  • Comment number 59.

    Re 57 (PattersHK)

    The player who opened most often without getting a fifty is WA Shalders of South Africa whose 18 such innings commenced in 1899. The Brit with the most unenviable record for fifty-less opening innings is Tim Curtis with 9, followed by Bob Woolmer and Brian Close with 8 each.

    The most opening innings not to include a 100 is 67 by CPS Chauhan of India, and the most for England is 41 by Jim Brearley.

  • Comment number 60.

    Has a test match number 11 ever top scored for his team in an innings and or a match?

  • Comment number 61.

    Did Jim Laker toy with becoming a professional cyclist before deciding to take up cricket?

  • Comment number 62.

    question 60 - Midmorning Warning

    a number 11 has top scored in a test innings 7 times:

    FR Spofforth 50 AUS v ENG 1885
    TR McKibbin 16 AUS v ENG 1896
    AEE Vogler 62* SA v ENG 1906
    Asif Masood 30* PAK v WI 1975
    AMJG Amerasinghe 34 SLv NZ 1984
    Talha Jubair 31 BAN v IND 2004
    SJ Harmison 42 ENG v SA 2005

    of these (there may be others who didn't top score in 1 innings but their combined total was the highest) only 2 top scored for their side in the match:

    Vogler as SA only needed one innings to win
    Spofforth, who only scored 1 in 2nd innings (at number 10) but his total of 51 is higher than the next (W Bruce 15+35=50)

  • Comment number 63.

    In Tests has a team ever won and lost by an innings to the same team in consecutive matches? If not, what is the biggest difference between a victory and defeat in consecutive matches?

    buzz1989
    Cambridgeshire

  • Comment number 64.

    Thanks portoian, im suprised its happened 7 times and i really didnt expect someone to have tams highest scorer for a match.

  • Comment number 65.

    Bill

    A question that is not necessarily statistical but have either Sachin Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting ever been dropped from their national teams?

    UCCMAN

  • Comment number 66.

    Re 63 (buzz1989)

    There are seven instances in all where one side has won and lost consecutive tests by an innings margin to the same other team, three times in the one series and four times involving different series -

    E-A - Oval, 1938, E, I+579r - Brisbane, 1946-47, A, I+332r
    I-P - Delhi, 1952-53, I, I+70r - Lucknow, 1952-53, P, I+43r
    A-E - Sydney, 1965-66, E, I+93r - Adelaide, 1965-66, A, I+9r
    E-WI, Leeds, 1966, WI, I+55r - The Oval, 1966, E, I+34r
    A-E - Melbourne, 1974-75, E, I+4r - Birmingham, 1975, A, I+85r
    I-A - Mumbai, 1979-80, I, I+100r - Sydney, 1980-81, A, I+4r
    NZ-P - Hamilton, 2000-01, NZ, I+185r - Lahore, 2001-02, P, I+324r

  • Comment number 67.

    question 63 - Buzz1989

    you have to go back a long way

    in 1966 WI won the 4th test against ENG by an innings and 55 runs, in the next, 5th, test ENG reversed this by winning by an innings and 34 runs

    WI only changed one player, McMorris for Lashey at number 2, ENG, however, made 5, including changing their captain, Cowdrey out for Close

  • Comment number 68.

    I think England win more tests when Hoggard plays and lose more tests when Anderson plays.
    How many of Hoggard's 67 tests have England won?
    How many of Anderson's 31 tests have England lost? (We will ignore the fact that Anderson never faced a proper test team like Australia).

  • Comment number 69.

    ah! i was just looking in the same series..davidcw has a much more complete answer (across series)

    for the other two in the same series
    in 1965/66 ENG made no changes across the two games whilst AUS made 4
    in 1952/53 IND made 5 and PAK 2 changes

  • Comment number 70.

    question 68 - Commonsense Cricket

    of Hoggards 67 tests the breakdown is:

    won - 30 - 45%
    lost - 18 - 27%
    drew - 19 - 28%

    of Andersons 31:

    won - 14 - 45%
    lost - 11 - 35%
    drew - 6 - 20%

    (all % rounded to make 100)

  • Comment number 71.

    Re 31 (steepyp)

    In tests the last five wickets (or rather those from 6th onwards) have outstcored the first five wickets in a single side’s innings 1353 times and equalled it 20 times. Doubtless it must also have happened over both innings quite a few times but that is another story, another day! In terms of percentages, here are the top ten:

    India v England, The Oval, 1952,
    From 6-5 and 6-6 to 98. Tail (last 5 wkts) scored 93.87% of total
    1st innings in reply to 326-6d. No further play. Drawn.

    Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Sialkot, 1995-96
    From 13-5 to 212. Tail: 92.92%
    Last innings. Lost. Moin Khan at No 7 made 117* (>50% of total)

    Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, Harare, 2003-04
    From 14-5 and 14-6 to 169. Tail: 91.71%
    Last innings. Lost. Khaled Mashud 61 at 8 outscored top 6

    England v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1934-35
    From 23-5 to 258. Tail: 91.08%
    1st innings reply. Lost. J Iddon 73 at 7 outscored top 6

    Zimbabwe v India, Bulawayo, 2005-06
    From 16-5 to 185. Tail: 90.27%
    2nd innings reply. Lost by inns.

    Australia v England, Melbourne, 1897-98
    From 32-5 to 323. Tail: 90.09%
    First day. Lost.

    Australia v England, Manchester, 1888
    From 7-5 and 7-6 to 70-9 and 70 all out. Tail: 90.00%
    2nd innings reply. Lost by inns. Top 4 made ducks. 7th wkt 48

    Pakistan v England, The Oval, 1967
    From 26-5 to 255. Tail: 89.80%
    2nd innings reply. Lost. Asif Iqbal 146 at 9 (> 50% of total)

    Australia v West Indies, Kingston, 2008
    From 18-5 to 167. Tail: 89.22%
    2nd innings reply. Won. A Symonds 79 at 7 outscored top 6

    West Indies v Australia, Perth, 2000-01
    From 22-5 to 196. Tail: 88.77%
    First day. Lost by inns. RD Jacobs 96* at 7 outscored top 6

  • Comment number 72.

    Re 31 (steepyp)

    I hadn’t heard of a generally accepted method for determining the evenness of spread of batsmen’s scores so. for better of worse, I came up with this which makes sense to me even if may not to anyone else!

    1. Add up all the batsmen’s scores including 0 for those who did not bat, and divide by 11 to find the average batting score.
    2. For each batsman calculate the difference between his score and the average score.
    3. Add up all these differences and divide by 11 to find the average difference.
    4. Divide the average difference by the average score.
    The lower the result, the more even the scoring spread.

    For what it's worth, here is the top ten produced by this method with scores in descending order:

    SA-A, 1st inns, Cape Town, 2005-06 --- 31,24,19,18,18,17,17,16,10,8,6
    SA-NZ, 1st, Wellington, 1963-64 --- 44,40,31,30,30,27,24,24,22,7,2
    A-E, 1st, Perth, 2002-03 --- 71,68,53,42,41,38,35,30,27,19,8
    B-P, 1st, Multan, 2001-02 --- 19,18,14,13,13,12,12,10,8,4,0
    I-E. 1st. Delhi, 1984-85 --- 60,42,30,28,28,27,25,25,24,2,1
    J-NZ, 1st, Kanpur, 1976-77 --- 70,68,66,64,50,50,43,37,27,13,10
    NZ-A, 1st, Wellington, 1989-90 --- 36,28,23,19,18,18,16,12,12,9,1
    WI-A, 2nd, Brisbane, 1930-31 --- 28,17,16,15,13,12,11,10,7,7,1
    P-E, 1st, Nottingham, 1954 --- 28,19,18,16,14,13,11,10,7,6,4
    A-E, 2nd, Melbourne, 1882-83 --- 34,19,17,15,14,14,13,10,6,6,4

  • Comment number 73.

    Bangladesh scored 413 in the fourth innings in their attempt to score 521 to beat Sri Lanka. Aside from the fact that this shows they can make a big score, what is the highest ever 4th innings score in test and 1st class cricket?

  • Comment number 74.

    another one.
    Has competitive cricket ever been played over more than two innings?
    Happy 2009!
    Aaron from up North

  • Comment number 75.

    Final one from me for 2008, in a lighthearted vein.
    Who has the best statistics for Test, 1st class and one day cricket, among all the current (and past) commentators, summarisers and scorers etc. on TMS?

  • Comment number 76.

    question 73 - Aaron Geordie

    the top 5 fourth innings test scores are:

    England 654/5 drew v SA 1939
    New Zealand 451 lost v ENG 2002
    India 445 lost v AUS 1978
    New Zealand 440 lost v ENG 1973
    New Zealand 431 lost v ENG 2008

    the top 5 first class matches:

    654-5 England v South Africa 1938
    604 Maharashtra v Bombay Poona 1948
    576-8 Trinidad v Barbados 1945
    572 NS Wales v South Australia 1907
    529-9 Combined XI v South Africans 1963

    the highest win in 1st class cricket (we all know in tests) is:
    513-9 Central Province v S Province 2003

    (i should point out that all years are start of season, so for example, 1938 is in fact 38/39)

  • Comment number 77.

    question 74 - Aaron Geordie

    if you mean 1st class cricket then no, 2 innings per side has always been the maximum

    however, if you mean all cricket then any amount of innings have been played, as for example, the 24 hour game played at Cambridge in 1973 between Such's XI and Langley's XI which went on through 5 innings each, 367 overs and 89 wkts

  • Comment number 78.

    i've just spotted that, in fact, the very first high scoring 4th innings should be 1938 (for the 38/39 season) not 1939 (when the match actually took place)

  • Comment number 79.

    In the 2nd Aus-SA test match at Melbourne there was an amazing number of three run hits. Where does this match rank in the highest proportion of runs scored in threes, I wonder?

  • Comment number 80.

    To Bearders
    1 When did the touring England team first start to wear the MCC colours, and when did this practice stop ?

    2 Which test team where the first to wear kit with numbers under the badge, I'm aware this practice has been going on in the last 5 years, notably in the 2005 Ashes series where both teams sported numbers under the badge ?

  • Comment number 81.

    ... and do all test sides wear these numbers?

    Happy new year to one and all!
    From waking-up-Geordieland

  • Comment number 82.

    I was wondering who has faced the most balls in international matches in one calendar year?

  • Comment number 83.

    When Andrew Strauss scored two hundreds in the Chennai Test, he finished on the losing side. 1. How many times before has a player scoring a hundred in both innings of a Test finished on the losing side and 2. Which England players have scored a hundred in both innings of a Test on tour apart from Strauss and Compton in Adelaide in 1947. Paul Hawkins Dubai

  • Comment number 84.

    Re 83

    For the answer to Q1, see 12 & 13 above

  • Comment number 85.

    question 83 - Captain's Choice

    for part 1 look up at post 13

    part 2- 11 ENG batsmen have scored 100+ in each innings of a test match, 7 on tour, the seven are:
    Compton 1947 Adelaide Oval 147 and 103*
    Hammond 1929 Adelaide Oval 119* and 177
    Paynter 1938 Old Wanderers 117 and 100
    Russell 1923 Kingsmead 140 and 111
    Stewart 1994 Kensington Oval 118 and 143
    Strauss 2008 Chidambara 123 and 108
    Sutcliffe 1925 Melbourne 176 and 127

    the other four, in ENG, are Gooch, Sutcliffe (again), Trescothick and Vaughan

  • Comment number 86.

    Has any player, in the history of international cricket (and domestic, if you find the time) had the name "A. Bowler, A. Batsman, A. Spinner, A. Captain" or something similar, and performed for his side the role described in his name? Thanks, your articles are fantastic, a joy to read. Ben, Somerset, ENG (but currently in the USA).

  • Comment number 87.

    question 86 - SCC Honcricket

    in first class cricket there has never been any player named Batsman or Spinner and never A Bowler, only PD Bowler, or an A Captain only H Captain (indian) although serveral military captains have played

    however a few years ago Tim Rice wrote in his book "Quick Singles" a chapter called "The Epithets", a team he had chosen of suitably named English 1st class cricketers, so without all the padding he gave it here is his team in batting order (i'm sure there would be others but...)

    Green (Lancs 1960s)
    Close (Eng 1970s)
    Studd (Eng 1880s)
    Legge (Eng 1930s)
    Bowling (Lancs 1954)
    Box (Sussex/Surrey 1860s)
    Bale (Leics 1920s)
    Ball (Northants 1920s)
    Major (cpt) (Somerset 1903)
    Fielder (Eng 1900s)
    Boot (wk) (Derbys 1895)
    Remnant (12th man) (Kent 1890s)
    Judge (umpire) (Midds 1930s)
    Scorer (scorer) (Warks 1920s)

  • Comment number 88.

    How do you record partnerships when a player retires hurt and returns later in the innings to resume batting?

  • Comment number 89.

    Re 88 (Ozslippy)

    The simple answer is that each time there is a change in batsmen then a new partnership begins. It does not matter whether the change comes about because one of the batsmen is dismissed or because one of them is unable to continue. The partnership is treated as unfinished and earns an asterisk in the same way that a not out individual innings would. When the next batsman comes in a second partnership begins for the wicket still standing.

    If the retiring batsman is able to resume later in the innings he starts another partnership with the other batsman who is then in. It is possible for more than one batsman to retire and return. In fact at Sydney in 1975-76 three of the West Indians retired and resumed later in the same innings, so there were a total of 13 partnerships for 10 wickets. Bill's scorecard for that innings (if he did one) would surely have looked rather cluttered!

    Given the fact that in tests there have been 171 cases of batsmen retiring and resuming there must be many cases of the same two batsmen finding themselves together again after wickets have fallen in the meantime. It is therefore possible for the same pair to have two partnerships in the same innings but for different wickets. Who says cricket is an easy game?

  • Comment number 90.

    #150

    Dale Steyn got to 150 test wickets in 941.4 overs in 29 matches. The best I've found in terms of balls bowled is Waqar Younis who after 27 matches had 154 wickets from 920.1 overs. My guess is that the best in terms of number of matches and number of runs conceded would be SF Barnes, but I haven't got the full data to prove it.

  • Comment number 91.

    Re 90 (Nick6591)

    Yes, you're absolutely right. To fill out the data -

    The fewest matches taken by a bowler to amass 150 wickets is 24 and that was indeed achieved by SF Barnes. Next on the list are Waqar Younis (27), CV Grimmett (28) and IT Botham, DW Steyn and HJ Tayfield (29).

    The best average on taking 150 wickets is 17.83 by SF Barnes, approx 18.42 by Waqar Younis, and IT Botham approx 19.35.

    Only Waqar Younis and DW Steyn have needed less than 1000 overs (or 6-ball equivalents) - Waqar about 900-902 overs, and Steyn 941.4. (Barnes is about 150 overs behind.)

  • Comment number 92.

    Recently Martin Bodenham, already a football referee at the highest level, was added to the ECB's Full List of cricket umpires. Is he unique in being qualified to officiate at the highest level in two different sports including cricket?

  • Comment number 93.

    During the match SA Aus match i noticed that 4 leg byes were scored in an over yet no other runs. When they showed the bowling stats later, that over was considered a maiden, why dont leg byes count towards the bowlers stats?

  • Comment number 94.

    Leg byes (and byes) don't count to a bowlers stats, I guess because they don't necessarily reflect a mistake on the part of the bowler, or the batsman's ability to hit runs off the bowler.

    But it raises a follow-up question for Bill:

    Previously, no-balls and wides did not count against a bowler's statistics, but this was changed (sometime in the 1980s/1990s?). When did this change occur and to what extent have bowlers' statistics prior to the change been changed to bring them in line with the new policy? I'm sure that would be next to impossible for older matches, and so we are left with a slight discrepancy in comparing bowlers statistics across history.

    Nick, London

  • Comment number 95.

    Hat Trick Victims

    Has an international batsman figured twice in the same hat-trick?

  • Comment number 96.

    Bill just a quick yet sad story for you and all the regulars to read. This is the school i went to. I was wondering if you had any record of notable players who ever attended there, given it used to be a boarding school.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/foyle_and_west/7813238.stm

  • Comment number 97.

    re 72 davidcw

    The statistical variance (or standard deviation) of the 11 scores (12 if you want to include extras as well!) would be a good candidate to measure evenness of the spread of scores in this way.

    The lower the variance (or standard deviation) the more even the spread.

    Not sure if the method (see e.g. wikipedia for details) would give different results from your method which looks perfectly reasonable.

  • Comment number 98.

    question 95 - Hainba

    no, in fact only 3 test hat-tricks have been over 2 innings (and so had a chance of being the same player) but they were all different players

    the closest, i suppose, was TA Ward who was involved in the only case of a player taking two hat-tricks in the same test, one in each innings, and both including TA Ward (TJ Mathews for AUS vs SA in 1912)

  • Comment number 99.

    # 95/98

    Yes PortoIan, it is quite easy to establish that it hasn't happened in test cricket (a single batsman being out twice within the same hat-trick).

    But has it ever happened in first class cricket? It would seem to be an obvious interesting fact to be written up somewhere, but I can't find anything.

  • Comment number 100.

    Paul Collingwood has hit seven test centuries. Three of those matches were drawn:

    India in Nagpur, 2006 (134*)
    Pakistan at Lord?s, 2006 (186)
    West Indies at Lord?s, 2007 (111)

    Three were lost:
    Australia in Adelaide, 2006 (206)
    South Africa at Edgbaston, 2008 (135)
    India in Chennai, 2008 (108)

    Only one was won:
    West Indies in Chester-le-Street, 2007 (128)

    Has any other test player with more than 5 Test centuries scored such a low proportion in a winning cause?

 

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