Ask Bearders #176
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. During the recent Test series against New Zealand I remember one of the commentators asking you to find out which county had produced the most England Test captains. Sadly I was on my way to the airport at the time and missed your answer! Boredkentjames
Bearders' Answer: Kevin Pietersen is England's 78th Test captain. Middlesex has provided the most with 12: G.O.B.Allen, J.M.Brearley, J.E.Emburey, M.W.Gatting, F.G.Mann, F.T.Mann, T.C.O'Brien, R.W.V.Robins, G.T.S.Stevens, A.E.Stoddart, P.F.Warner and A.J.Strauss. Distribution for the other 17 counties is: eight - Surrey, Yorkshire; seven - Lancashire, Sussex; six - Kent ; five - Essex, four - Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire; three - Hampshire, Somerset, Worcestershire; two - Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire; one - Derbyshire, Glamorgan; none - Durham.
Q. The other day I noticed that Robert Key's one and only Test century was converted into a double. Have any other Test cricketers done this? Phil Hopton
Bearders' Answer: Nine others have registered a solitary Test century in excess of 199. Kuruppu and Lloyd failed to reach another fifty. The full list is: England - R.E.Foster (8 Tests, 14 innings, HS 287), R.W.T.Key (15, 26, 221), D.Lloyd (9, 15, 214*); Australia - J.N.Gillespie (71, 93, 201*), B.J.Hodge (6, 11, 203*); New Zealand - M.P.Donnelly (7, 12, 206); West Indies - S.F.A.F.Bacchus (19, 30, 250), D.St E. Atkinson (22, 35,219); Pakistan - Taslim Arif (6, 10, 210*); Sri Lanka - D.S.B.P.Kuruppu (4, 7, 201*).
Q. Is there a Stats site you can recommend that does not include the farcical Australians v ICC World XI match played in Australia in 2005-06? Cricinfo insists on including these figures despite the ICC definition of Test matches not being met by the match in question. Phasla
Bearders' Answer: Ric Finlay's Tastats site allows you to exclude all matches involving multinational teams (except West Indies!) from its Test and limited-overs matches. Another Australian, Charlie Wat, compiles and updates Test records excluding that match. You will not find it included in any figures published under my name. Hopefully the ICC will soon see the error of their ways and revoke its phoney status.
Q. There was a friendly between England U19 and Canada U19 in Loughborough in 2006 or 2007 - I am trying to find the scorecard for it but haven't has luck yet, please advise if you any details of that match. Baz
Bearders' Answer: Sorry, I cannot help you. The Cricket Archive website's only record of Canada U-19 playing in England was in 1989 when they were involved in an International Youth Tournament staged at Radley College, Oxford. England U-19's opponents from 2004 to 2007 were Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. England U-19s have played only two matches in Loughborough - on the Haslegrave Ground - and neither featured Canada.
Q. A friend and I were discussing hat-tricks and the likelihood of the same batsman being dismissed twice within the same hat-trick. Has this ever occurred at first-class level? Andrew Bak (Bradford)
Bearders' Answer: I don't know of such an instance but, as hat-tricks can extend over both innings of a match (but not over successive matches), it is certainly possible.
When Australia's diminutive leg-spinner, Jimmy Matthews, took his two hat-tricks in separate innings at Old Trafford in the Triangular Tournament on the afternoon of 28 May 1912, his victims twice included wicket-keeper Tommy Ward. Apart from being the only batsman to feature in two hat-tricks on the same day, Ward is also the only Test cricketer to have been electrocuted while working in a gold mine.
Q. 'Freddie' Flintoff became the bowler with the least amount of 'five-fors' to take 200 Test wickets recently. Which player has the most Test wickets without ever having taken five wickets in an innings? Fink
Bearders' Answer: Andrew Flintoff has taken 199 wickets in his 69 Tests for England.
England's Mike Hendrick's tally of 87 wickets, average 25.83, is the highest by a bowler who never took five in an innings. His best analysis in 30 Tests was 4 for 28.
Q. There is always much discussion about how wicket-keepers hate conceding byes. Has a table of the biggest bye-conceders been produced? Could one produce a keeping average, based on byes conceded divided by the number of dismissals they have taken? Antony Hopker
Bearders' Answer: Yes, tables of byes-per-wicket-keeper are available. Mark Boucher, who has made most dismissals in Tests (447), has also conceded the most byes (771). His average of byes-per-wicket is 1.72. Adam Gilchrist (409 dismissals and 602 byes) has a superior byes-per-wicket average of 1.47.
Q. Thank you for the answer to my previous question on the number of overs bowled without a wicket in a Test match. Atkinson must have been at the other end when Sonny Ramadhin bowled all his overs at Cowdrey and May. As you may know Sonny still claims to this day he had both LBW a number of times without success from the umpires' fingers. This leads on to another question if I may. I noticed in the recent Yorkshire v Notts match that Yorkshire had 11 lbws against them in the match. Is this a record number of lbws in a match? Friarmere111
Bearders' Answer: It may be. No one has scoured nearly 50,700 first-class matches to find out.
The Test record is the ten inflicted on New Zealand by Pakistan at Lahore in 1996-97. The most involving both sides in a Test is 17 (West Indies (8) v Pakistan (9) at Port-of-Spain in 1992-93. The most in a Test match innings is seven (Zimbabwe v England at Chester-le-Street in 2003 and New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch in 2004-05).
Q. Recently Mark Ramprakash scored his 100th first-class hundred. How many players have achieved 100 limited-overs (either 40 or 50 over matches) hundreds? MontyPanesar
Bearders' Answer: None. Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most - 53. The only other batsmen to have scored 40 or more are Graham Gooch (44) and Graeme Hick (40).
Q. On which overseas ground have England won the most Test matches?
My guess would be Sydney, or another Australian ground. cabbagehead
Bearders' Answer: Your guessing ability is far superior to your choice of an alias! England's most successful overseas grounds are Sydney (21 wins) and Melbourne (19). England have played 53 Tests on each. Five of the six English grounds on which 30 or more home Tests have been played have not surprisingly produced most England victories: Lord's (43 wins, 115 Tests), The Oval (36, 91), Headingley (30, 68), Old Trafford (24, 72), Edgbaston (22, 43). The exception is Trent Bridge where England have won only 17 of their 54 Tests.
Q. A good-humoured debate with an Australian colleague as to the most logical way to quote a cricket score (wickets first or runs first) has resulted in us 'agreeing to disagree'. Is it known how or why the difference came about? Matt (Croydon)
Bearders' Answer: Apparently it came about because of the different layouts of scoreboards. Australian ones tended to have the wickets preceding the totals, whereas English one had the totals first. Commentators read the scores in those respective orders.
Q. Other than in first-ever Tests for each Test-playing nation, has any Test team been comprised of eleven uncapped players? nigel-in-upper-hutt
Bearders' Answer: No. The only instances of all eleven players making their debuts in the same match have been by Australia and England (Melbourne, March 1877), South Africa (Port Elizabeth, March 1889), West Indies (Lord's, June 1928), New Zealand (Christchurch, January 1930), India (Lord's, June 1932), Sri Lanka (Colombo, February 1982) and Bangladesh (Dhaka, November 2000).
Zimbabwe had ten debutants in their inaugural Test at Harare in October 1992, A.J.Traicos having played the last of his three Tests for South Africa some 22 years and 222 days earlier.
Pakistan had only nine debutants when they played their maiden Test at Delhi in October 1952, Amir Elahi and A.H.Kardar having previously appeared for India.
South Africa had ten debutants when they played their first Test (Bridgetown, April 1992) after being re-admitted to full ICC membership, K.C.Wessels making his debut for the country of his birth after 24 Tests for Australia.