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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 136
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.

Remember, the Test Match Special statistician is always on hand to help you out with your questions. And if you think you can catch him out, have a go!

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Anthony Mercer, New Zealand

Is England's 551-6 in the second Test at Adelaide the highest first innings total by the losing team in a Test match?

Tim Gill, UK

What is the highest first-innings score by a team that subsequently lost the match? Yours in abject misery...

England's 551-6 declared is the fourth-highest first innings Test match total by a losing side. Curiously, all four of those totals have occurred in Australia. Their 586 against England at Sydney in 1894-95 is the highest (when England became the only side before 1981 to win after following on).

The second-highest is Pakistan's 574-8 declared (batting second) at Melbourne in 1972-73, followed by Australia's 556 against India at Adelaide in 2003-04. Thus England's recent total is the second-highest declared total to lose and the highest to do so by a side batting first in a Test.

Tim Marshall, England

When was the last time England lost the first two Tests in Australia and then went on to win the series 3-2? Has it ever been done?

England have never even drawn a series in Australia after losing the first two Tests. Australia won the 1936-37 rubber 3-2 after losing the first two Tests.

Norman, Coventry

Who are the English players who have scored double centuries against Australia?

Eight England batsmen have shared the 11 double hundreds scored against Australia, with Wally Hammond contributing four. In alphabetical order they are K.F.Barrington (256), P.D.Collingwood (206), R.E.Foster (287), D.I.Gower (215), W.R.Hammond (251, 240, 231*, 200), N.Hussain (207), L.Hutton (364), and E.Paynter (216*). Only Collingwood, Foster and Hammond (three times) have scored double hundreds for England in Australia.

Ninad Joshi, USA

What is the best debut effort by a batsman and a bowler in an Ashes series?

England's R.E. (Tip) Foster holds the record for the highest score on debut in Ashes Tests with his 287 at Sydney in 1903-04.

The best by an Australian debutant is 165 (retired hurt) by Charles Bannerman who played the very first innings in Test cricket at Melbourne in 1876-77.

Australia's R.A.L. (Bob) Massie holds the bowling record with 8-84 and 8-53 at Lord's in 1972. England's most successful debutant bowler was Fred Martin with 6-50 at The Oval in 1890.

Beburg Zehri, Canada

Shahid Afridi is nearing 5,000 limited-overs international runs and his batting average is under 25. Would that make him the only player in LOI history to score 5,000 with an under 25 average?

He certainly would be. The only player to score 5,000 runs in internationals at an average below 30 is Roshan Mahanama who scored 5,162 runs, average 29.50 for Sri Lanka. As of 9 December 2006, Shahid Afridi has a tally of 4842 runs at 23.39.

Nick Marsden, UK

How many of Don Bradman's 52 Tests did Australia win?

Perhaps not as many as you expected, Nick. Australia won 30 (57.7%), lost 12 (23.1%) and drew 10 (19.2%). His record as captain in his final 24 Tests was 15 wins, three defeats and six draws.

Paddy Flynn, UK

Do you have any information regarding David Steele, the Northants batsman, being sponsored by a butcher in the Test series against Australia in 1975?

Yes, at the end of that series David asked me to check how many runs he had scored. The answer was 365, his scores in those first three matches in England colours being 50, 45, 73, 92, 39 and 66.

A bet struck with a local butcher earned him a lamb chop for every run and a fillet steak for each of his four fifties. When I confirmed his final tally, Steele, a careful man known by his mates as "Crime" because he seldom paid, said: "I thought so. He's done me out of two chops!"

John Cooper, UK

How many bowlers have taken nine wickets in a Test match innings for England?

Four bowlers have returned nine-wicket analyses for England. Three of them achieved this feat against South Africa: George Lohmann (9-28 in 1895-96) and S.F.Barnes (9-103 in 1913-14) both doing so at Johannesburg, while Devon Malcolm achieved the most recent instance when he took 9-57 at The Oval in 1994.

Jim Laker is unique in taking nine or more wickets twice in the same match with 9-37 and 10-53 against Australia at Manchester's Old Trafford in 1956.

Nick Pryor, England

My great grandfather tells me that his cousin was the Yorkshire wicket-keeper Arthur Wood. He also recalls how this led to his having tea with such great names as Sir Len Hutton.

However, I can find very little detail about the life and career of Arthur Wood. Can you enlighten me?

Arthur Wood (1898-1974) appeared in 420 first-class matches (1927-49). A right-hander, he scored 8842 runs, average 21.20, with one century (123no) and 43 fifties, and made 886 dismissals, including 255 stumpings.

He was awarded his Yorkshire cap in 1929 and selected as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of 1938. In that season he played the first of his four Test matches.

A late selection, he travelled from his Yorkshire home to London by taxi, and contributed 53 in 92 minutes off 95 balls to England's world record total of 903-7 declared.

Joining Joe Hardstaff with The Oval scoreboard reading 770-6 when Len Hutton was dismissed for 364, he quipped "I was always the man for a crisis" before sharing a stand of 106 for the seventh wicket.

The following summer he appeared in England's last three Tests against West Indies before his career was effectively ended by the Hitler War.

Henry Dawson, England

I bowl leg-spin and was wondering what Terry Jenner's and Paul Pridgeon's first-class career figures were? Pridgeon is my cricket coach and I have been to the Jenner sessions.

Terrence James Jenner, leg-break and googly bowler, right-handed batsman played in 131 first-class matches for Western Australia (1963-64 to 1966-67) and South Australia (1967-68 to 1976-77), taking 389 wickets, average 32.18, with 14 five-wicket hauls and a career-best of 7-84.

He scored 3,580 runs, average 22.23, with 86 the highest of his 11 fifties. In nine Tests (1970-71 to 1975-76) he took 24 wickets at 31.20 and scored 208 runs at 23.11.

Alan Paul Pridgeon, a right-hander who bowled at medium-fast pace, played 240 first-class matches for Worcestershire (1972-89), taking 530 wickets at 32.76, with 7-35 the best of his 10 five-wicket hauls. He scored 1188 runs at 8.67, his top score of 67 being his only half-century.

Ralph , England

Bill, please put my son right. I know that 90 overs should be bowled in a day, and an extra half hour per day is allowed to accommodate this.

The main reason that there was one over short on the second day at Adelaide was Australia's inexplicable slow over rate, especially considering the number of overs Shane Warne bowled, and that the extra half hour was required. It was not necessarily through England bowling the last 10 overs slowly.

It doesn't matter which side was responsible for the tardy over rate. Under the ICC's Standard Test Match Playing Conditions concerning Law 16 (Start of Play; Cessation of Play), "If any of the minimum target number of overs have not been bowled at the completion of the permitted overtime, play shall cease upon completion of the over in progress. The overs not bowled shall not be made up on any subsequent day."

Mark, England

Am I correct in thinking that the oft-maligned Ashley Giles stands just over 100 runs and nine wickets away from becoming only the third England player to take 150 wickets and make 1,500 runs?

The second Test at Adelaide was the 54th in which Ashley Giles appeared since making his debut in 1998. He has scored 1,421 runs (average 20.89), taken 143 wickets (average 40.60) and held 33 catches.

He thus needs 79 runs and seven wickets to join Ian Botham (5,200 runs and 383 wickets in 102 Tests) and Andrew Flintoff (3,133 runs and 186 wickets in 63 Tests).

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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