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Last Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007, 19:14 GMT
Stump the Bearded Wonder No 138
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!

Bearders has just returned from Australia, scoring the Ashes series for TMS and is here to deal with your queries. Fill in the form on the right-hand side of the page to stump the Bearded Wonder.

Will Harrington, England

Which country and batsmen have suffered the most at the hands of Shane Warne?

Warne took most of his 702 international Test wickets against England, his 195 at 23.25 runs per wicket being the record for any bowler against one country. Only two other Australians, Dennis Lillee (167) and Glenn McGrath (157), and Antiguan Curtly Ambrose (164) have taken 150 or more wickets against England.

Three England captains fell victim to Warne's wiles on most occasions: Alec Stewart (14 times), Nasser Hussain (11) and Michael Atherton (10).

Mark Etches, Rotherham

Sajid Mahmood was on the brink of a double 'pair' or four ducks in consecutive Tests. Has this been done before in Test cricket and, if so, by whom?

If Mahmood had not edged a lucky boundary he would have become the ninth player to have copped two 'pairs' in consecutive Tests. In chronological order the eight unfortunates are: R Peel (England, 1894-95); RJ Crisp (South Africa, 1935-36); WM Clark (Australia, 1977-78); PI Pocock (England, 1984); RG Holland (Australia, 1985/1985-86); ME Waugh (Australia, 1992-93); AB Agarkar (India, 1999-2000); D Ramnarine (West Indies, 2001-02).

Agarkar and Holland were each dismissed for five consecutive ducks, a record they share with Mohammad Asif (Pakistan, 2005-06/2006).

Michael Turkington, UK

Kevin Pietersen hit his two slowest fifties in the third Test in Perth, each taking over a hundred balls. Who has scored the slowest fifty in Test cricket?

That record is the proud property of the redoubtable Trevor Bailey who took just under six hours (357 minutes) to reach that mark in the second innings of the Ashes Test at Brisbane in 1958-59. It remains the slowest fifty in all first-class cricket. In all he batted 438 minutes for 68, scoring off only 40 of the 425 balls bowled to him. Pietersen completed his Waca fifties off 108 and 123 balls respectively.

Lionel Rajapakse, Sri Lanka

Has there ever been a Test match that ended on the first day (or in any one day) with a result?

No, Lionel, there hasn't, but the total playing time in the shortest completed Test amounted to only five hours and 53 minutes. It was played between Australia and South Africa on a vicious Melbourne 'sticky' on 12 and 15 February 1932.

Michael, Scotland

How many Tests did 'Strictly Come Dancing' champions Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash play together?

They appeared in 22 Tests together: 2 v WI 1995; 2 v SA 1995-96; 4 v SA 1998; 1 v SL 1998; 5 v Aus 1998-99; 2 v Zim 2000; 2 v WI 2000; and 4 v Aus 2001.

James Sayers, England

After recently seeing some footage of Wasim Akram, I was wondering which bowler has the most bowled victims in limited-overs internationals and international Test matches?

Wasim holds the LOI record with 176 of his 502 wickets bowled. Waqar Younis (152 of 416) and Muttiah Muralitharan (105 of 421) are the only others to bowl 100 of their dismissals in internationals.

Murali heads the international Test-match list with 150 of his 669 wickets bowled. Five others have bowled 100 of their Test match victims: Shane Warne (116/702), Fred Trueman (103/307), Brian Statham (102/252), Wasim Akram (102/414) and Waqar Younis (101/373).

Jay, Singapore

Were there any identical twins who played cricket at first-class level?

Three post-war sets spring to mind immediately: the Bedsers, Alec (Surrey and England) and Eric (Surrey); the Marshalls, Hamish and James, both of Northern Districts and New Zealand; and the Taylors, Derek (Surrey and Somerset) and Michael (Nottinghamshire and Hampshire).

David Walmsley, England

Who are the only Australians to take four wickets in consecutive balls in first-class cricket in Australia? What batting record is held by one of them?

JEH ('Hal') Hooker and Donnell ('Donn') Robins are the only Australian bowlers to have achieved this feat in Australia. Both did the hat-trick in the first innings before taking a wicket with their first ball in the second.

Hooker took his four-in-four for New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney in 1928-29 and Robins took his for South Australia v NSW at Adelaide in 1965-66.

A month before his bowling feat, Hooker had shared in the (still current) world record first-class tenth-wicket partnership of 307 with Alan Kippax against Victoria at Melbourne on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 1928. A full account from an interview with Hal, together with a photo of him with the bat he used, appears in my autobiography.

Neil Gwillim, UK

Which cricketer has 'carried his bat' more times than any other in Test matches (i.e. came in to open and was still there at the end of the innings)?

The West Indies star opener Desmond Haynes holds that record. He carried his bat through a completed Test innings on three occasions: v Pakistan at Karachi in 1986-87, v England at The Oval in 1991, and v Pakistan at Port-of-Spain in 1992-93.

Richard, UK

My great-great-great uncle was a cricketer called CFH Leslie. He played a handful of times for England in the late 1800s and appeared in the famous touring side of Ivo Bligh, who reclaimed the Ashes in Australia. I was recently told that CFH took the final Aussie wicket to win the series. Is this true?

Charles Leslie (1861-1921) was a hard-hitting batsman with a solid defence, a useful right-arm fast bowler and an athletic cover-point. Cricket captain at Rugby School in his last three years, he was an outstanding public schoolboy cricketer. He won blues in each of his three seasons at Oxford (1881-83) and also represented Middlesex (1881-86). In 48 first-class matches he scored 1860 runs (average 22.96), with 144 for Bligh's XI v NSW the highest of his four hundreds, took eight wickets at 20.62 and held 18 catches.

His Test career comprised all four matches for Bligh's Team in 1882-83 when he scored 106 runs at 15.14 and took four wickets at 11.00. The first three matches were played against WL Murdoch's 1882 touring team and counted for the Ashes; Leslie did not take a wicket in the last two of those Tests. The urn was not at stake for the fourth match played against a combined Australian side when Leslie took one first innings wicket.

Ian Jackson (Secretary, Durham and North East Branch of The Cricket Society)

Further to the Cumberland question (Bearders 137), was LCH Palairet not born in Grange-over-Sands which is now part of Cumbria? I would hazard a guess and say that it was in Westmorland at the time. As the county still play as Cumberland I suppose it only right to exclude adopted sons but I now wonder how many Westmorland men have played Test cricket.

Grange-over-Sands was part of Lancashire when Lionel Palairet was born there in 1870. No England Test cricketer has been born - or died - in Westmorland.

Since I answered the Cumberland question, Paul Nixon has made his England debut in Twenty20 and limited-overs internationals.

Michael Mehaffey, Singapore

If a batsman is bowled by a no-ball is he allowed to run byes if the ball deflects off the stumps into an unpatrolled area of the outfield? If so, how would a run out be effected at that end of the pitch if the delivery that bowled the batsman had knocked all three stumps out of the ground?

There cannot be much happening in Singapore just now for you to dream up this one!

The ball does not become dead after a call of 'no ball' (Law 24, 11), so any runs scored, even if the ball hits the batsman's wicket, will count.

If the wicket is completely down, any member of the fielding side can remake it by replacing a stump in one of the holes where the wicket originally stood. It will be considered complete even if just one stump is in place [Law 28, 3 (ii)].

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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