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Steven LynchEditor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes
- Steven Lynch won the Wisden Cricket Monthly Christmas Quiz three years
running before the then-editor said “I can’t let you win it again, but would
you like a job?” That lasted for 15 years, before he moved across to the
Wisden website when that was set up in 2000. Following the merger of the two
sites early in 2003 he was appointed as the global editor of Wisden
Cricinfo. In June 2005 he became the deputy editor of Wisden Cricketers’
Almanack. He continues to contribute the popular weekly “Ask Steven”
question-and-answer column on ESPNcricinfo, and edits the Wisden Guide to
I noticed that the West Indian Raphick Jumadeen scored a Test half-century, but made only 84 runs in his career. What’s the lowest amount for someone who made a Test fifty? And I’m guessing the lowest for century-makers is Andy Ganteaume? asked CS Manish from the United States
The Trinidadian left-arm spinner Raphick Jumadeen scored 84 runs in his 12 Tests. Apart from his 56 against India in Kanpur in 1979, he reached double figures only once in 13 other innings. He might claim to have been cut off just as he was hitting form as that turned out to be his last Test appearance!
However, quite a few players who managed a Test half-century ended up with fewer runs than Jumadeen – he sits joint 32nd overall, although no one higher than him had even half as many innings. The fewest runs of all is 51, by the New Zealander Herb McGirr in his only Test innings, which came in his second and last match, against England in Auckland in 1930.
But you’re right about Andy Ganteaume, another Trinidadian, who made 112 in his only Test innings, against England in Port-of-Spain in 1948: the next-lowest aggregate by someone with a Test hundred to his name is 144, by the old Lancashire opener Winston Place, and current Australian squad member Kurtis Patterson, who may yet add to his tally.
How many people have taken four wickets in five balls in a one-day international? asked Sairaj Prasanna from India
I believe there have been only three instances of this in ODIs. Saqlain Mushtaq took four wickets in five balls for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in Peshawar in November 1996, then in February 2019 Adil Rashid claimed four in five for England against West Indies in St George’s, Grenada – they came from the last five balls of Rashid’s ten-over stint, and he had 1 for 85 before the wickets started tumbling. Chaminda Vaas came close – he took four wickets in the very first over against Bangladesh in Pietermaritzburg in the 2003 World Cup, but punctuated by a four and a wide, so in six balls in all. In the women’s game, Dane van Niekerk of South Africa took four in five against West Indies in Basseterre, St Kitts, in January 2013.
What is the highest second-innings score by someone who made a duck in the first innings of a Test? asked Rory Smith from England
There’s only one case in Tests of a batsman following a duck with a double-century in the second innings: the South African Dudley Nourse recovered from a blob against Australia in Johannesburg in 1935 by scoring 231 in the second innings. The duck came on Christmas Eve but, after a festive rest day, Nourse scored his first 98 runs on Boxing Day, and helped his side secure their only draw of a series the Australians won 4-0, with the 44-year-old legspinner Clarrie Grimmett taking 44 wickets at 14.59 in what turned out to be his last series.
There are six instances of a player making a double-century in the first innings of a Test and a duck in the second. The biggest score among them came when Shoaib Malik made 245 and 0 for Pakistan against England in Abu Dhabi in 2015.
What is the most wickets taken by a bowler in a Test against India? I remember Malcolm Marshall taking 11 at Port-of-Spain… asked Allan Alexander from the United States
Malcolm Marshall’s 11 for 89, which set up a thumping victory in Trinidad in 1989, actually comes in at 14 on this particular list. On top, with 13 wickets in the Golden Jubilee Test in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1980, is England’s Ian Botham, who also scored a century in between taking 6 for 58 and 7 for 48.
In second place, one of nine bowlers to take 12 wickets in a Test against India, is the recently retired Australian slow left-armer Steve O’Keefe, who claimed twin 6 for 35s (the best repeated analysis in all Tests) in Pune in 2016-17. In all, there have been 42 instances of a bowler taking ten or more wickets in a Test against India.
After the mention in last week’s column about some 12-a-side matches which had first-class status, I was wondering what the record 11th-wicket partnership was? asked Richard and Jackie Pratt from England
I had thought the answer here would be from some very ancient match in the mid-1800s, but actually the best 11th-wicket stand came (slightly) more recently than that. There have been nine partnerships of 50 or more for the 11th wicket, the highest being 89 by the Nawab of Pataudi senior and slow left-armer Phiroze Palia, for India against the Rest of India in Lahore (then part of India) in 1932.
The match was part of a series of trial games before India’s tour of England, which would include their inaugural Test match, at Lord’s in June 1932. Palia played in that game, but Pataudi did not. Some suggested it was because he was not appointed captain, while others thought he was hoping to be selected for England instead – and he did indeed make his Test debut for them before the year was out, scoring a century in Sydney in the first match of the Bodyline tour.
And there’s a postscript to last week’s question about teams winning a Test after being 200 behind on first innings, from Jon Garrett from England
“In the Oval Test of 2006, Pakistan had a first-innings lead of 331, but England won when Pakistan (in)famously forfeited the match.” And others have pointed out that, technically speaking, England overturned a first-innings deficit of 248 to win the equally infamous Centurion Test against South Africa in 1999-2000.
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