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Stump the Bearded Wonder No 147
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Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your latest batch of queries.

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Earl Robinson, St Vincent

Who was the last white West Indian captain? Where did he make his Test debut? How many Tests had he played before he was given the job?

The last white West Indies captain was wicket-keeper Gerry Alexander. He made his Test debut under John Goddard at Leeds in 1957 and took over his mantle in the next series, against Pakistan in the Caribbean in 1958, having appeared in just two Tests.

West Indies won seven, lost four and drew seven of his 18 Tests as captain.

Roy Lawrence died some years ago in Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he settled with his Canadian-born wife. Employed by the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, he was the visiting commentator when I made my TMS debut at Old Trafford in 1966.

Neil Mumford, England

Is Kevin Pietersen the only player currently averaging over 50 in both Test and limited-overs internationals?

After the Leeds Test, his 25th, Pietersen had scored 2,448 runs, average 54.40 in Test cricket.

His average after 49 limited-overs internationals is 59.05.

The only other current player to emulate this double is Australia's Mike Hussey who currently averages 79.85 after 16 Tests and 57.30 in internationals.

Stuart Peters, England

How near is Mark Ramprakash to scoring 100 hundreds? If a double century is scored in an innings does this count as one or two hundreds in such statistics?

Before Surrey's Championship match against Kent started on 30 May, Ramprakash's tally of first-class hundreds stood at 91. Double, treble, quadruple and quintuple hundreds only count as one in assessing a total of centuries.

John Hewitt, UK

When was the last time England had five individual century-makers in a Test match?

It had not occurred prior to this year's first Test against West Indies at Lord's when Alastair Cook (105), Paul Collingwood (111), Ian Bell (109 not out) and Matt Prior (126 not out) scored hundreds in the first innings and Kevin Pietersen made 109 in the second.

There had been two previous instances of a side scoring five hundreds in a Test and both occurred in the first innings: Australia (758-8 dec) v West Indies at Kingston in 1954-55 and Pakistan (546-3 dec) v Bangladesh at Multan in 2001-02.

England's previous most in a match was four, the three instances being v Australia at Nottingham in 1938 (all in the first innings), and v India at Lord's and Manchester in 1990.

Arun Gopalakrishnan

Just curious to know what you have done about the first-wicket partnership in the recent Mirpur Test between Bangladesh and India.

India's opening partnership in that Test effectively had three different pairs - Karthik and Jaffer (0 to 175), Jaffer and Dravid (175 to 281), and finally Dravid and Tendulkar (281 to 408).

Have you considered the first-wicket partnership to be 175 runs (considering Karthik and Jaffer put on that many during their partnership)?

Or, seeing from a team point of view, would it be a first-wicket partnership of 408 runs?

This was an extraordinary Test, the first in which both opening batsmen and both opening bowlers had retired hurt in the same innings!

As far as partnership records are concerned, India's innings at Mirpur began with three separate partnerships for the first wicket, 175 unbroken, 106 unbroken and 127.

There being only two batsmen at the wicket at a time, their partnership ends in what is technically an unfinished state when one of them is forced to retire.

The replacement batsman then begins a new partnership for the same wicket with the surviving partner.

Any school of thought accepting the Mirpur opening stand as a four-man partnership worth 408 runs could produce an opening stand to which all members of the team had contributed with nine of them retiring hurt!

Chris Nower, Brighton, UK

How should Paul Collingwood's bowling figures have been correctly displayed after the first ball of his first over when previously he had bowled the remaining five balls of Matthew Hoggard's over?

And as no runs were scored off this and the previous five balls does this count as a maiden?

Collingwood's analysis after he had completed Hoggard's one-ball over (the 26th of West Indies first innings in the First Test at Lord's) was 0.5-0-0-0 and it counted as his first over.

It did not count as a maiden because it involved two bowlers, even though no run was scored off it.

Collingwood was immediately taken off and not recalled until the 58th over when he conceded a boundary off his third ball.

At the end of that over his analysis read 1.5-0-4-0 and he eventually finished with figures of 11.5-2-34-1.

After the first ball of his second over his figures would have read: 1-0-0-0 (or 0.6-0-0-0).

John Lane, England

It is widely reported that Matt Prior is the first England wicket-keeper to score a century on Test debut.

Am I not correct in recalling that S.C.Griffith did it as emergency opener for England v West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1947-48?

Prior is most certainly the first England wicket-keeper to score a hundred on his first appearance in Test cricket.

Only two other designated keepers have achieved this feat, both for Sri Lanka at Colombo: Brendon Kuruppu v New Zealand in 1986-87 and Romesh Kaluwitharana v Australia in 1992-93.

As you say, 'Billy' Griffith made his debut as a replacement opening batsman but Godfrey Evans kept wicket throughout that four-match series.

Griffith remains the only player to score his maiden first-class century in his first Test for England.

Melvyn Purcell, England

How long did Len Hutton bat for in terms of balls and minutes when he made his then record Test match score of 364?

Hutton batted for 13 hours 17 minutes and faced 847 balls when he scored his 364 against Australia at Kennington Oval on 20, 22, 23 August 1938.

He was 160 not out at stumps on the first day and had reached exactly 300 at the end of the second.

He hit 35 fours, 15 threes, 18 twos and 143 singles.

His innings remains the longest in Ashes Tests and 770 is the largest number of runs that any batsman has helped to add.

Sue, England

Why are the England team wearing yellow ribbons?

England wore them to promote awareness of the campaign to find Madeleine McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, who was abducted from her apartment bedroom in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on 3rd May, shortly before her fourth birthday.

Huw, England

Do you know if Middlesex CCC's reputed oldest-living first-class cricketer, C.W.H. Howard, (born Beckenham, Kent 7th November 1904), is still alive? He played in nine matches during the 1931 season.

There is no record on the cricket websites that Charles William Henry Howard has been claimed by the Great Scorer.

A right-handed middle-order batsman, he appeared in eight Championship matches, plus a game against Cambridge University, between 9 May and 18 July 1931.

He scored 123 runs, average 12.30, with a top score of 29, held two catches and was not called upon to bowl his right-arm medium pace.

Michael Owen, England

Were you as amazed as I was to learn that Julius Caesar played for Surrey?

I don't know the origins of that Caesar family but Julius, like his father (Benjamin Julius) and elder brother (Benjamin Bowles), was born at Godalming in Surrey.

A right-handed batsman, he appeared in 194 first-class/great matches between 1849 and 1867, including 121 for Surrey and 33 for various England Elevens, scoring 4879 runs, average 15.78, the highest of his three hundreds being 132 not out.

He took 13 wickets at 23.62 bowling round-arm fast, and held 181 catches.

Hal, England

I can vaguely recall an England Test match in the last 10 years where all four innings were played on one day; ie. the end of one, the next two full innings and the start of the fourth. Can you confirm?

This unique occurrence in the annals of Test cricket happened at Lord's on 30 June 2000 when West Indies lost their last wicket without adding to their overnight score of 267-9, dismissed England for 134, and were bowled out for just 54 in their second innings.

England survived seven balls without scoring before bad light ended play and went on to grind out a two-wicket victory in a tense finish late on the third day.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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