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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 142
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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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Horace E Thomas , USA

Who were the captains and wicket-keepers for the 1975 World Cup teams?

That inaugural tournament, officially entitled the 1975 Prudential Cup, lasted a mere 15 days, with eight teams (South Africa were still in purdah) contesting 15 matches.

1975 World Cup
Team Captain Wicket-Keeper
Australia Ian Chappell Rodney Marsh
East Africa Harilal Shah Hamish McLeod
England Mike Denness Alan Knott
India Srinivas Venkataraghavan Farokh Engineer
New Zealand Glenn Turner Ken Wadsworth
Pakistan Asif Iqbal Wasim Bari
Sri Lanka Anura Tennekoon Ranjit Fernando
West Indies Clive Lloyd Deryck Murray

Majid Khan deputised for Asif Iqbal in two matches, Praful Mehta kept wicket for East Africa in one.

Peter Scott, England

A friend of mine claims that he heard of five players that played in the 1992 World Cup and will play in the 2007 World Cup. The ones we have so far are: Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Inzamam-ul-Haq. Is there a fifth player to have achieved this feat?

Stuart, England

Which five players played in the 1992 World Cup and are in the squads for the 2007 World Cup?

The fifth one is Anderson Cummins who played six matches for West Indies in the 1991-92 tournament and who is currently representing Canada.

Mike Bailey, Austria

Provided Anderson Cummins plays for Canada, will he be only the second player after Kepler Wessels to have played for two countries in the World Cup?

How many players have played for two countries in limited-overs internationals and did Faoud Bacchus play LOIs for the West Indies as well as the USA?

Excluding games featuring multinational teams, four cricketers have represented two teams in limited-overs internationals (match totals to the start of the current world cup): Dougie Brown (England 9 matches, Scotland 13); Anderson Cummins (West Indies 63, Canada 10); Clayton Lambert (West Indies 11, USA 1); Kepler Wessels (Australia 54, South Africa 55). Faoud Bacchus (West Indies 29) did not represent the USA in official internationals.

Hadrian Ward, UK

I have been intrigued by the way Kevin Pietersen has scored 158 three times in Test matches. Is this the highest Test score a batsman has made three times?

Yes, it is. 'KP' earns that bizarre record by a single run, Steve Waugh having registered 157 (twice not out) against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 1998-99, and against England at Leeds in 1993 and at The Oval in 2001.

Sachin Tendulkar, with two scores of 177 and another of 176, is closest to setting a higher benchmark.

Steve Newport, New Zealand

Who was the first wicket-keeper to claim 50 stumping victims in Tests?

W.A.S. ('Bert') Oldfield was not only the first to stump 50 batsmen in Test matches, he remains the only one to do so. He reached this unique tally on 8 December 1936 when he stumped Kent's Arthur Fagg in the second innings of the First Test at Brisbane.

Only three other keepers have made as many as 30 stumpings in Tests: Godfrey Evans (46 in 91 matches for England), Syed Kirmani (38 in 88 for India) and Adam Gilchrist (35 in 89 for Australia).

Maddy, USA

If a batsman gets stumped off a no ball, how would he be given out?

He shouldn't be given out because Law 15 states: 'When No Ball has been called, neither batsman shall be out under any of the Laws except 33 (Handled the ball), 34 (Hit the ball twice), 37 (Obstructing the field) or 38 (Run out).

I say 'shouldn't' because as recently as last year I witnessed a batsman being given out stumped off a no-ball and by an umpire who has officiated at international level.

Joe Jones, England

What is the lowest batting position from which someone has scored 100 in limited-overs internationals and who was it?

Number seven is the lowest position from which three figures have been posted in internationals and only three batsmen have done so, the first two instances occurring in the Champions Trophy. Hashan Tillekeratne became the first when he scored exactly 100 for Sri Lanka against West Indies at Sharjah on 16 October 1995, before Mohammad Kaif emulated him for India against Zimbabwe in Colombo on 14 September 2002. The most recent and swiftest instance (89 balls) was registered by South Africa's Justin Kemp when he scored 100 not out against India at Cape Town on 26 November 2006.

Nick Gordon, UK

Do the individual performances in the recent World Cup warm-up matches count towards a player's LOI or List A record?

No, they do not count. The radio, television and newspaper commentaries seemed to emphasise this.

Bradley, Bermuda

Is there an occasion in Test cricket where a batsman has made an undefeated century in both innings?

Only one batsman has achieved that feat in the entire history of Test cricket, Aravinda de Silva scoring 138 not out and 105 not out for Sri Lanka in the Second Test against Pakistan at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club in April 1997. As he had scored 168 in the second innings of the First Test, he posted three hundreds in eight days.

Kenneth Hastings, England

What was the name of the Sussex and England cricketer who was the first man to score 3000 runs in a season?

The name you are looking for is Kumar Shri (Prince) Ranjitsinhji who scored 3159 first-class runs, average 63.18, from 58 innings for Sussex in 1899. The first Indian to play Test cricket (1896), he emulated W.G.Grace in scoring a hundred on debut for England. Unorthodox in technique and with exceptionally fast reactions, 'Ranji' was the first to employ the back stroke as a basis of defence and excelled in the late-cut and leg-glance. He is alone in scoring a first-class hundred in each innings on the same day.

Richard Hawthorne, England

With reference to the question in #140 from Alasdair Howe regarding Dr U.J.C.Cherry, he did indeed play cricket for my home club Bishop Auckland CC, and his full stats can be found in '125 Not Out', a 125th anniversary book about the club written by Brian Hunt, the current Durham scorer and statistician, in 1978 when he was scorer for Bishop Auckland CC.

Thank you, Richard. Brian Hunt is an old friend and a major authority on Durham cricket.

Garth Nathaniel, England

How does the Duckworth/Lewis formula work?

Basically it is based on the resources remaining to both sides at the time of an interruption. Namely, wickets in hand and overs left. It has become universally accepted as the fairest formula for resolving a rain-affected limited-overs match. Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis (no relation to the Glamorgan and England captain) have been coerced into contributing a two-page explanation of their system to the '2007 Playfair Cricket Annual.'

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