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Who's bowling action has been digitised for the medium/fast bowler on the Slogout game on Cricinfo? Youngsters beware... WillE (talk) 11:19, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Michael Holding? Gibbsyspin (talk | contribs) 04:08, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
Indeed. Even digitised, it is a classic example of how to bowl. WillE (talk) 10:53, 9 December 2007 (UTC)


Which Pakistan-born cricketer, playing for Karachi in the 1958-59 season, died on the way to hospital after he was hit and was rumoured to have had "did not bat, dead" on the 2nd innings scorecard? Gibbsyspin (talk | contribs) 22:15, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Abdul Aziz? KingStrato (talk) 22:24, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
9 minutes. I am ashamed of myself. Anyway, well played KingStrato and it's over to you. Worth noting he was only 18 when he died. [1]Gibbsyspin (talk | contribs) 22:44, 9 December 2007 (UTC)


What happened at for the first time at the Oval in 1963? KingStrato (talk) 07:31, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Charlie Griffith scored more than 12 runs in a test innings. And was warned for intimidatory bowling by Sid Buller. (talk) 12:27, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
Accurate (certainly the batting part, the bowling I don't know), but not what I'm looking for. KingStrato (talk) 18:19, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Ok, it's been 24 hours so I'll drop in a clue. It's an international batting first. KingStrato (talk) 07:56, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Was it there that Rachael Flint hit a six ? Tintin 09:37, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
That should be it. It is mentioned in her article. Tintin 09:39, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
That's the badger. Over to you Tintin. KingStrato (talk) 11:04, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Can someone ask the next one, please. Tintin 13:10, 14 December 2007 (UTC)


Ok, I'l Rule 3 it.

Which non-wicketkeeper has taken the most catches against the West Indies? KingStrato (talk) 17:15, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

An early guess, 'cos the silence gets deafening...Allan Border? (talk) 17:19, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Border probably would have been my guess until I saw he's only got 19 against them. Remarkable for someone who's played 31 many Tests against them and held the world catching tally at one stage. Mark Waugh's 45 from 28 matches looks to be the ticket. Assuming you do mean Tests. -- (talk) 17:27, 14 December 2007 (UTC) (That was me. Wikipedia's pesky timeout strikes again --Travisbasevi (talk) 17:28, 14 December 2007 (UTC))
I do mean test. Unfortunately I don't know the answer yet, I'm off out for my work Christmas party now, I'll add them up in the morning, unless someone else wants to do it for me... KingStrato (talk) 18:12, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Now I remember, there's a page for it in Cricinfo's records, so hooray for me. --Travisbasevi (talk) 18:37, 14 December 2007 (UTC)


What record are these the leaders for? Mahela Jayawardene, Graham Gooch, Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Abbas, Andrew Symonds, Martin Crowe, and I'll need to leave it at 7, because number 8 will most likely give it away. --Travisbasevi (talk) 18:37, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

It's an innings record, but only Symonds in the above was ultimately successful. --Travisbasevi (talk) 03:30, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
Another clue: the mystery number 8 "giveaway" was in the same innings as Saeed Anwar in the above, both of them combining for the equivalent highest partnership record. --Travisbasevi (talk) 14:24, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
More clues? Ganguly's one was against Kenya. --Travisbasevi (talk) 15:27, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Highest scores in World Cup semis, Jayawardene equalled the record this year [2] with his perfectly paced innings. --Jpeeling (talk) 16:06, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Aye, that's it, with Wajahatullah Wasti's sole ODI 50 (v NZ in 1999) coming in at number 8. After that, you have Tendulkar in 2003, Hick in 1992, Majid Khan in 1979, Viv in 1983 and Chanderpaul in 1996. Which means the only person in the top 13 high scores in semi finals (Greenidge in 1979 is 14th with a mere 73) who ended up winning the World Cup was Symonds. --Travisbasevi (talk) 16:54, 17 December 2007 (UTC)


Who was given out 'handled the ball' off the final delivery of a match as he picked up the ball for a souvenir? --Jpeeling (talk) 17:17, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

WH Scotton in Melbourne in 1887. Serves him right for being a smoker! The-Pope (talk) 02:19, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

Correct, this is the match, the 803 scored by the non-smokers was a first-class record. If declarations were allowed then they should have won the match, similar to this match where Scotton scored his highest Test score. --Jpeeling (talk) 10:04, 18 December 2007 (UTC)


Which Test Match am I (ie between who, when and where)? The visitors batted first and were 2 wickets down before a run was scored. After a reasonable recovery, the visitors collapsed again, losing the last 4 wickets for 2 runs. But due to their opener scoring the only century of the match in the second innings and 18 wickets from two of their spinners (despite the ground not being a noted spin friendly pitch), the visitors ended up victorious. The-Pope (talk) 15:13, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

India's first win in Oz, 1977/78 at the MCG. --Jpeeling (talk) 20:01, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Grrrr - I was just answering, but you got in there first - --Roberry (talk) 20:14, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Correct, thought I'd remind our Indian friends of happier times than what they are about to receive! Amazing game that-Sunny opens the batting and bowing in the 1st innings, before Bedi and Chandrasakar spin out the 2nd string WSC-less Aussies by over 200 runs. I wonder what odds you would have got on that when it was 2/0 (or 0/2 if you'd prefer) The-Pope (talk) 23:00, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Gavaskar opening the bowling? I thought that would be worth a question by itself, but then I looked and found a Test where he opens the bowling in both innings. Lots of exhibition cricket in the 1970s obviously... --Travisbasevi (talk) 23:23, 19 December 2007 (UTC)


Following on from my previous question, When was the first declaration in Test cricket? --Jpeeling (talk) 09:30, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Eng vs Aus at Lord's, 1893.[3] Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:03, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Correctamundo. Your turn Stephen. --Jpeeling (talk) 10:17, 20 December 2007 (UTC)


Adam Gilchrist has often captained his country in ODIs while also keeping wicket and opening the batting. But who was the last man to do all three in a Test match? Stephen Turner (Talk) 13:17, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Gerry Alexander did it here. But surely someone has done it since? I thought Tatenda Taibu had, but he hasn't. Johnlp (talk) 15:15, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Interestingly, the 'keeper in that game went on to be captain, keeper and opened the batting (batting at No.2 - does that count) three times. The most recent occasion was here. Hard to believe only 3 players have ever done all 3 in tests, and no-one in the last 45 years. --Roberry (talk) 16:03, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, number two counts, so Roberry has the right answer. As he says, there are only three people who have ever done it,[4] and none recently even though there have been three in the last twelve years in ODIs (Stewart, Andy Flower and Gilchrist; still not Taibu).[5] Stephen Turner (Talk) 16:36, 20 December 2007 (UTC)
Just realised I never actually named the player - Imtiaz Ahmed - --Roberry (talk) 17:05, 20 December 2007 (UTC)


Q647 also inspired me. In that Test, 2 bowlers combined for 18 wickets. But has there ever been a test where both teams had 2 bowlers combine for at least 18 wickets? --Roberry (talk) 16:42, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Australia vs England, 1901/02 at the MCG --Jpeeling (talk) 17:08, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

That is one occurence, but there is (at least) one more - --Roberry (talk) 17:21, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Another early one, Aus v Eng at Sydney, Feb 10-15 1988 --Travisbasevi (talk) 01:12, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

That's the other one - although its 1888. I guess, since I only asked if it had ever happened I should give it to Jpeeling, but if Travisbasevi has a decent question then you can go ahead and post the next one --Roberry (talk) 04:19, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

It's definitely Jpeeling's. I was a hundred years out after all. --Travisbasevi (talk) 04:22, 21 December 2007 (UTC)


When was the 'only' occassion that brothers scored centuries for opposing teams in the same first-class match? --Jpeeling (talk) 09:45, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Here. Johnlp (talk) 21:42, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Apolgises, there is more than one occasion as I feared, the match I had in mind involved the Waughs. Anyway Johnlp I think you deserve it, your turn. --Jpeeling (talk) 22:03, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

I thought of another one. I really should be thinking of a question... and will do so. Johnlp (talk) 22:51, 21 December 2007 (UTC)


What was unusual about the dismissal of one of the relatively few Test players in this match? Johnlp (talk) 23:05, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Was this the game that generated the headline "Worthington Luckes Out?" Coat! WillE (talk) 23:33, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Well, in your unerring way, you have hit upon the correct dismissal. But what was unusual about it? BTW, a coat might have been a useful item; other items of clothing less so. Johnlp (talk) 23:40, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

For the previous question I checked out the Chappells and the Husseys, neither set has done it... didn't think of the Waughs as they only played for NSW, not different states. As for this one, using your coat clue my complete guess is the stumping occured when Worthington slipped over in the mud from heavy rain. The-Pope (talk) 05:54, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

No. Sorry. The weather was indeed inclement, but it was a different meteorological phenomenon that had an influence that made this particular dismissal, according to one account, unique in first-class cricket. Johnlp (talk) 09:21, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Was this the hailstones match? WillE (talk) 10:54, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

No, not that dramatic. Think what the method of dismissal entails. Johnlp (talk) 11:55, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

was he stumped by a slip fileder?bharathtintin

No. Luckes was the wicketkeeper. Johnlp (talk) 18:27, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Did the wind blow the bails off? KingStrato (talk) 22:43, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

That's it, or as near as necessary! The wind had blown the bails off, and Gerald Brodribb cites it as a rare, if not unique, instance of someone being stumped without the bails being removed. Over to you, your majesty. Johnlp (talk) 11:52, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

Can someone else have a go? I'm away for Christmas. KingStrato (talk) 21:05, 23 December 2007 (UTC)


Which team played 19 ODIs and 5 Tests with which umpire, but only won 3 and 1 of those matches respectively. Clue: it's in the 1980s and 1990s, and it's not Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. --Travisbasevi (talk) 01:54, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

west indies. . . . ?bharathtintin
New Zealand and Tony Crafter --Jpeeling (talk) 09:45, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
India and B. C. Cooray --Jpeeling (talk) 10:08, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
Spot on. I recall a lot of complaining from fans and players about him at the time, and with that sort of record, you wonder they had a point. --Travisbasevi (talk) 12:35, 24 December 2007 (UTC)


Which English bowler had three catches dropped off his bowling off successive balls during an Ashes Test? --Jpeeling (talk) 12:48, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Geoff Arnold, 1st Test at Old Trafford, 1972. —Moondyne 13:11, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

That's the one, Wisden: In his second over Arnold had Stackpole missed off his second and third balls by Greig and Snow in the slips and Francis should have been taken low by Snow off the fourth. --Jpeeling (talk) 13:14, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Captain Illingworth apparently had a bit of a grizzle about the sloppy fielding until he dropped one himself. But England won the Test.[6]Moondyne 13:22, 24 December 2007 (UTC)


In the spirit of Christmas, here's a gift. Very recently one of the 10000 run ODI batsmen hit his first ODI century on his home ground. Using the term "home ground" loosely. Who and when. —Moondyne 14:08, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Ricky Ponting at the Bellerive Oval on 20 December. --Jpeeling (talk) 15:04, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
Merry Christmas. Your turn. —Moondyne 15:10, 24 December 2007 (UTC)


What connects Billy Murdoch, Affie Jarvis and Charlie Turner? --Jpeeling (talk) 15:29, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Just a guess.... Most runs, cathces and wickets on an Aussie tour of England? WillE (talk) 16:25, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

It's good but it's not right, Bradman scored 2960 in 1930 which is more than Murdoch managed in any tour. Clue: One of my previous questions will give you the answer. --Jpeeling (talk) 16:37, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

They've all taken catches in Test whilst acting as a substitute fielder for the opposition. --Travisbasevi (talk) 18:34, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

That's the badger. Murdoch caught Tup Scott, Jarvis caught Frederick Spofforth and Turner caught Reginald Allen --Jpeeling (talk) 19:03, 24 December 2007 (UTC)


What claim to fame do these two matches have, with the latter claiming the overall honour? Middlesex v South Africa, 1904 and South Africa v England, 1st Test, 1905/06. --Travisbasevi (talk) 02:46, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Not sure if everyone is still sleeping off their Xmas turkey, but here's a clue anyway: The captain's decision is final. --Travisbasevi (talk) 07:09, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

the caption bowled the last over. . . . ?bharathtintin

It's more of a decision in literature. --Travisbasevi (talk) 19:14, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Maybe the two greatest matches, according to one of Pelham Warner's books ? Tintin 10:53, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, they're in "The Greatest Game I Ever Played In" in Warner's Book of Cricket. I particularly liked his description of the end of the Johannesburg match - "Never have I witnessed anything like the scene at the finish. Men were shrieking hysterically. Some were actually crying, and hats and sticks were flying everywhere." Contrast that with the rather staid Almanack report. --Travisbasevi (talk) 11:43, 29 December 2007 (UTC)


Which is, as far as is known, the only spell of 6 wickets for zero runs in Test cricket ? Tintin 03:14, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Sarfraz Nawaz, Australia v Pakistan, MCG, 1978/79? --Roisterer (talk) 06:08, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
The one run that he conceded apparently came somewhere in the middle of the spell though I don't know exactly when. Ditto for Ambrose's 7/1 Tintin 07:04, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Fiery Fred bowling off cutters? WillE (talk) 09:11, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
That was 6 for 4, Lance Gibbs hit a four between the fifth and sixth wickets. Tintin 09:34, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Hint - the one I am looking for happened in this century. Tintin 09:34, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

How about JJC Lawson [7] vs The Banglas, 2002-03 ? — Wattmaster (talk) 10:13, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Right. That was the one I was looking for. Your turn. Tintin 10:24, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


S R Tendulkar , Inzamam-ul-Haq, Alec Stewart, Justin Langer and Gary Kirsten These 5 players have all aggregated 7000 runs in their Test careers, however, what record eluded them ?— Wattmaster (talk) 10:52, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Clue: As time has gone on , and for the future this series of record will be difficult to acheive. — Wattmaster (talk) 14:38, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
Scored 500 runs in a series? WillE (talk) 19:13, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
That's it, they never have acheived 500 runs in Test series. over to you WillEWattmaster (talk) 21:56, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Blimey, never expected that to be right. Was just trying to prompt someone else to look it up! WillE (talk) 22:18, 3 January 2008 (UTC)


OK, why should Glenn McGrath feel aggrieved, literally, by Henry Blofeld? WillE (talk) 22:18, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

An omission by Blowers is the key. WillE (talk) 11:00, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Blowers was listing his favourite pigeons but omitted McGrath??? Stephen Turner (Talk) 15:50, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
Favourite somethings - in a book - so right idea, but I think I need more. WillE (talk) 23:21, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
On the page for Cricket's Great Entertainers, I found a review which said "Glenn McGrath is shown on the back cover, but doesn't qualify for a chapter in his own right". Is that it? Stephen Turner (Talk) 10:19, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
Spot on. Onwards and upwards. WillE (talk) 10:54, 6 January 2008 (UTC)
I think I would blame the publishers for that! Anyway... Stephen Turner (Talk) 11:46, 6 January 2008 (UTC)