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What record is currently held jointly by Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar — but Hayden is likely to break it next weekend? Stephen Turner 20:36, 19 November 2005 (UTC)

1000 runs in four calendar years. Tintin 05:33, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

Test runs, yes. Hayden is now likely to break the record tomorrow. He needs 22 to be the first man make 1000 Test runs in five calendar years. Stephen Turner 09:55, 20 November 2005 (UTC)


Which England batsman became the first person to hit four sixes in an ODI over in 1981, a feat that was not repeated (I think) until some fifteen years ? Tintin 12:44, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

?Mike Gatting? Johnlp 12:59, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
Gatting it is, at Jalandhar 1981/82 off Shastri. Over to you. Tintin 15:20, 22 November 2005 (UTC)


Who appeared in 23 Tests, made only 10 runs and took only one wicket? Johnlp 17:11, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

I'm thinking an umpire -- Iantalk 02:49, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
Good one, Ian. Ken Palmer is the man. Tintin 04:54, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
Grrr! You beat me by 13 minutes. -- Iantalk 05:07, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Well done both. Over to Tintin. Johnlp 09:29, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

... and on to sorry, you are wrong. palmer played only a single test, not 23. both the wikipedia article on him and the given link say so.

True enough, but he also umpired in a further 22. Where does the question say played?


In 2002, Parthiv Patel became the youngest wicket keeper in Test history. Whose 50 or so year old record did he break ? Tintin 18:18, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

I saw his debut at Trent Bridge. As far as I recall, he kept well enough, unlike in some of his later matches. He caught Michael Vaughan who'd made 197 all on that day (and who still hasn't made a double century). Robert Key and Steve Harmison also made their debuts in the same match. Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question though. Stephen Turner 19:18, 25 November 2005 (UTC)
I remember one other story about this. The ECB had just made a rule that under-18s were not allowed to keep without a helmet, except with the signed permission of their parents, and the TMS commentators wondered whether Patel had made sure to obtain the necessary paperwork! And the answer to your question is Hanif Mohammad (ref). Stephen Turner 19:42, 25 November 2005 (UTC)
  • All yours. Tintin 19:49, 25 November 2005 (UTC)


OK then, who was the oldest Test wicket-keeper? Stephen Turner 19:57, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Herbert Strudwick Johnlp 20:41, 25 November 2005 (UTC)
Is correct. He was 46 years 202 days, apparently. Over to you. Stephen Turner 20:46, 25 November 2005 (UTC)


Who played only nine first-class matches in his native country, five of those being Test matches? Johnlp 20:58, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

  • Does that mean that he played five Tests at home - and not (necessarily) that he played only five Tests in his career ? Tintin 21:16, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Five Tests at home; more than five Tests in all. Nine first-class matches at home including the five Tests; more than nine first-class matches in all. Sorry to be unclear. Johnlp 21:35, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

  • Thanks. I don't know the answer to this one but my query was because Buck Divecha nearly satisfied that criterion - 5 Tests in all (3 home, 2 abroad) but only ten fc matches in India. Tintin 21:56, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Do we need a hint? In his first first-class match in his native country, he took nine wickets; in his second, again at home, he scored 185; his third first-class match was at Leicester. Johnlp 23:57, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

  • Time for another hint ? What was his nationality ? Tintin 14:11, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

All right. He played 13 Test matches in all, five in his native country, the rest in England, in Australia and in New Zealand. He retired after a first-class career of less than four years and only 50 first-class matches, exactly half of which were played in England. Er, that's enough hints for now. ;-) Johnlp 14:38, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

Bingo! One of the oddest careers of them all. Well done. Your turn. Johnlp 15:08, 28 November 2005 (UTC)


When was the last Test match with eight-ball overs? Stephen Turner 20:31, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Australia v Pakistan, WACA Ground, 2nd Test, 24-29 March 1979 Sam Vimes 20:40, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
Well, that didn't take long, did it? It was 1979, not 1978, but I'll let you have it. Stephen Turner 23:17, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
PS The Stats Guru filter at (for example) [1] has two balls/over selections, one for batting and one for bowling. Which begs the question, was there a match in which they were different? Stephen Turner 23:17, 29 November 2005 (UTC)


Who played the most one-day internationals before getting a Test cap? Sam Vimes 12:57, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Andrew Symonds? I recall reading that it was something like 90 ODI's before he got the nod. -- Iantalk 13:33, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Yep. Apologies for forgetting this question, btw Sam Vimes 14:28, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
Its Suresh Raina now.. 2010


What do Shane Warne and Derek Shackleton have in common? -- Iantalk 14:39, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Presumably not just that they both played for Hampshire? Johnlp 14:49, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
That's not the answer I'm looking for, I'm sorry. Hint: It relates to their Test debuts, and the answer can be gotten off two Wikipedia pages. -- Iantalk 00:13, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Debut in the third Test of a series, both taking one for rather a lot more than 100 (Shackleton 1 for 135 in match, Warne 1 for 150)? Johnlp 00:20, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Not that, but good try. Think "caps".-- Iantalk 07:57, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Both of them were the 350th player to represent their nation in Test cricket? DaGizza Chat (c) 08:10, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
That's it. Your turn. -- Iantalk 08:14, 2 December 2005 (UTC)


Which two cricketers are the only were the first two batsmen to score a hundred and a double hundred in a Test match? DaGizza Chat (c) 08:27, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

I can see at least five on this listDoug Walters, Greg Chappell, Graham Gooch, Lawrence Rowe and Brian Lara. Have I misunderstood the question? Stephen Turner (Talk) 09:22, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Grrr - edit conflict! You missed one Sunil Gavaskar -- Iantalk 09:32, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
So I did. But I still think DaGizza must have meant to ask a slightly different question. Stephen Turner (Talk) 09:44, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Sorry, I meant the first two batsmen, not the only two batsmen. DaGizza Chat (c) 10:03, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
I guess that would be Walters and Gavaskar then. Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:14, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Right Stephen. On to you. DaGizza Chat (c) 10:22, 2 December 2005 (UTC)


The word "yorker" dates from at least 1861 — but what was it called before that? Stephen Turner (Talk) 14:40, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Tice Tintin 15:08, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
Correct. Your turn. Stephen Turner (Talk) 15:25, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Q 52[edit]

What first was achieved by Roland Holder's dismissal (b Anil Kumble) in the final of the Hero cup in 1993/4 [2][3]?

Was it the first under floodlights with a white ball, black sightscreens and coloured clothing? Johnlp 18:44, 2 December 2005 (UTC)
No Tintin 18:57, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Was it the first bowled decision to be given by the third umpire? [[Sam Korn]] 19:57, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Correct. Over to you. Tintin 21:12, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Q 53[edit]

Which two cricketers have the most ducks in World Cup matches? [[Sam Korn]] 21:33, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Nathan Astle and Ijaz Ahmed with 5 each -- Iantalk 00:40, 3 December 2005 (UTC)
Correct. Yours. [[Sam Korn]] 10:43, 3 December 2005 (UTC)


Which bowler took 7 for 15 in a 2003 World Cup match? -- Iantalk 16:26, 3 December 2005 (UTC)

Glenn McGrath, Vs. Namibia. --Gurubrahma 17:11, 3 December 2005 (UTC)
Correct - your go -- Iantalk 01:31, 4 December 2005 (UTC)


What is common between Shane Warne, Aravinda de Silva and Mohinder Amarnath? --Gurubrahma 06:52, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

They have all been Man of the Match in a World Cup final. DaGizza Chat (c) 08:07, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Yes, but even Ricky Ponting was Man of the match in a World Cup final. I'm looking for something more particular and uniquely common to only these three people. --Gurubrahma 08:14, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Is it related to the World Cup final in some way though? DaGizza Chat (c) 09:18, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
They won Man of the Match awards in a World Cup semifinal AND final? -- Iantalk 11:52, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Yes Ian, you are correct. They are all big match winners. Your turn now. --Gurubrahma 13:00, 4 December 2005 (UTC)


Still on World Cup and should be easy. Name the two cricket grounds which hosted the matches with the greatest winning margins in World Cup finals. ie. one by runs and one by wickets. -- Iantalk 13:35, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

By runs, it is Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa (256 runs) in 2003 Aus Vs. Nam match. By wickets, it is Headingley, Leeds, England (10 wickets) in 1975 India Vs. East Africa match. For win by ten wickets in WC matches, there are several other candidates such as Birmingham in 1983, Melbourne in 1992 and Pietermaritzburg in 2003. --Gurubrahma 14:13, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Finals, not other matches -- Iantalk 14:31, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Johannesburg and Lord's. 2003 and 1999 respectively. Johnlp 14:45, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
Grrr, You've beaten me to it. --Gurubrahma 14:50, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Correct Johnlp. Your go. -- Iantalk 15:07, 4 December 2005 (UTC)


This Test player's best bowling performance in an innings in first-class cricket was two wickets for four runs. But he also had a first-class hat-trick to his name. Who? Johnlp 15:24, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Albert Trott? -- Iantalk 15:40, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

No, sorry. Trott took lots of wickets (1,674); this chap didn't. Johnlp 15:47, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Reg Simpson? jguk 17:11, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

No, sorry again. You're close in that Simpson's best Test bowling was two wickets for four runs (indeed, his only Test wickets). But his best bowling figures in first-class cricket were three for 22 and I can't see that he took a hat-trick. My chap took even fewer career wickets than Simpson's 59! Johnlp 17:25, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Mark Dekker? jguk 19:51, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

I can see that you're going to get there... but not this time. I can't find that Dekker ever took a hat-trick, though you're right that his best bowling in an innings is two for four. If I said that you were geographically closer this time – closer but not exact – would that help? Johnlp 19:59, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Jackie McGlew. I should have checked on "what links here" from the hat-trick page, I'd have found it faster:) jguk 20:39, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Well done. McGlew-like tenacity indeed. The circumstance, for the record, is that, playing for Natal against Transvaal in February 1964, he took the last wicket in Transvaal's first innings, then came on as fourth change bowler in the second innings and promptly took two more wickets. His analysis at the end of that second innings was two for four, which remained his best: he never took three wickets in an innings despite taking three in three balls. Anyway, over to you... Johnlp 20:54, 4 December 2005 (UTC)


How many men have played for just one ODI team (and explain how you got to your answer!)? jguk 21:02, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

  • 1476.
  1. copied List of ODI cricketers into Word
  2. removed header and section info
  3. find/replace bullets with line breaks
  4. copied into Excel
  5. filtered list to remove duplicates

Assumes that a) if a cricketer is in two sections, his name is spelt the same in both, and b) list is up to date. -- Iantalk 01:23, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

No, that's wrong. The total on the WP:Cricket page shows that 1,478 individuals have played ODI cricket (unless I've summed it up wrong, in which case let me know - I'd better check your list of duplicates with mine, for instance!). But far more than 2 individuals have played for more than one ODI team, jguk 11:21, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
According to the source code of Template:WP Cricket ODI bios, only Clayton Lambert has played for more than one ODI team. So that would make 1477. (List of ODI cricketers fails to include Dale Steyn, which explains why my answer isn't the same as jguk's. I'll have to do something about that). Stephen Turner (Talk) 12:56, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Well, that's still not quite right. Remember, there are three ODI teams not listed on that template, all of them chock full of players who have played for more than one team (and Dale Steyn)! jguk 12:58, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Oh yes, I get it now. 1478 - 17 from List of African XI ODI cricketers - 17 from List of Asian XI ODI cricketers - 22 from List of World XI ODI cricketers. But Afridi, Akhtar, Dravid, Kallis, Murali, Pollock, Sangakkara and Sehwag also played in their continents' teams (Ntini didn't), and we don't want to subtract them twice so +8. Also subtract Clayton Lambert, and that makes 1429. Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:08, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
Except Template:WP Cricket ODI bios is out of date. We have to add Brad Hodge at least, making 1430. Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:12, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

1,430, I'll give you:) (Assuming I'm right in saying that Clayton Lambert is the only player to have played for more than one country, of course.) Over to you, jguk 20:10, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Kepler Wessels played 54 matches for Australia and 55 for SA. [[Sam Korn]] 20:14, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Oooh dear. I'd thought I'd checked Kepler - seems I made a mistake here. However, Stephen still first gave the answer 1,429 and has done most of the work. Is it fair to credit him with this, Sam, or are you arguing it for your scorecard:) ? jguk 20:22, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

I wouldn't dream of it! Yours, Stephen. [[Sam Korn]] 20:25, 5 December 2005 (UTC)


Give two instances in which a bowler bowled more than 2500 balls in a Test series. (There may be more than two, but I only know of two). Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:30, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

Shane Warne v England in 1993, 2639 balls
Maurice Tate v Australia in 1924-25, 2528 balls Sam Vimes 10:41, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
My questions don't last long, do they? Your turn. Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:51, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Wow. Poor bloke. Must have been tired to death. Sam Vimes 13:38, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Valentine was the one I was thinking of — he bowled 2500 balls in a series not once but twice. Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:43, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

NB There's a follow-up at Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:40, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


The Test match between India and Sri Lanka was nearly abandoned without a single ball bowled. There have, in the history of Test cricket, been seven matches completely abandoned with teams turning up (a further four have been cancelled due to political violence). Two of these cancellations happened during the same six-day period. Which four teams were supposed to contest the two Tests, and in what season were they played? Sam Vimes 13:38, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

1988-89 — in fact both in the third week of Decemeber. NZ vs India was rained off, and Pakistan vs Zimbabwe was fogged off, bizarrely. Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:46, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
Off by ten years ? Tintin 13:48, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
Oh yeah, 98-99. Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:50, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
Right. I'll hand it to Stephen because he did the legwork. :) Sam Vimes 13:58, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
Tintin can have it if he wants it, because I'm all out of questions at the moment. Stephen Turner (Talk) 14:08, 6 December 2005 (UTC)