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  Monday, 18 March, 2002, 15:40 GMT
Stump The Bearded Wonder No 23
Pose your cricket questions to Bearders
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, is poised to solve your cricket queries and teasers.

The Test Match Special statistician will be busy answering your questions throughout the English winter.


Robert Langdon, Australia

Who was the first Australian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket?

FR (Fred) Spofforth, born in Balmain, Sydney, was the first Australian to take a hat-trick in a Test match. In fact, his hat-trick against England at Melbourne in January 1879 was the first in any Test and came in only the third match to be awarded that status. He dismissed VPFA Royle, FA Mackinnon and T Emmett in successive balls and contributed 13 wickets to Australia's ten-wicket victory.

David Corcoran, Ireland

How many Irish born players have played Test cricket for any of the Test playing nations?

There have been NINE Irish-born Test cricketers. Five have represented England, two Australia, and another two South Africa. The full list, with places of birth is:

England: FL Fane (Curragh Camp), L Hone (Dublin), MJ McCague (Larne), JEP McMaster (Gilford) and TC O'Brien (Dublin).

Australia: TP Horan (Midleton) and TJD Kelly (Co Waterford).

South Africa: CL Johnson (Co Kildare) and RM Poore (Dublin).

Naresh, England

In answer to Jay's question of players playing for more than one country, I seem to recall Dipak Patel playing for England and New Zealand! Is this correct?

No, Naresh. Patel played for Worcestershire but was not selected for England. He emigrated to New Zealand and appeared for them in 37 Tests and 75 Limited-Overs Internationals.

James Grayson, United Kingdom

With the exception of the famous Laker and Lock, have two bowlers ever taken all 20 wickets between them in a Test Match? If not, what is the closest?

I have access to only a limited library on my travels around New Zealand but I have unearthed another instance of two bowlers sharing all 20 wickets in a Test: AEE Vogler (5-87 and 7-94) and GA Faulkner (5-120 and 3-40) for South Africa v England at Johannesburg in January 1910. There have probably been several others.

David Corcoran, Ireland

What is the highest score made by a player in a Test innings where only one boundary was scored? I think Graham Thorpe did it but did anyone else?

Thorpe hit only one four in his hundred against Pakistan at Lahore in November 2000. It also contained seven threes, 12 twos and 51 singles. He hit another boundary before being dismissed for 118. No other batsman has scored 100 runs in a Test with just one boundary.

Naveen Bhat, Australia

Who is the greatest First Class wicket taker and who is the greatest run maker?

Two famous England cricketers hold those records, Naveen. Sir John Berry ('Jack') Hobbs (Surrey; career 1905-34), with 61,237 runs and 197 hundreds, holds the two record batting aggregates. Wilfred Rhodes (Yorkshire; 1898-1930) took most wickets - 4,187 - bowling slow left-arm.

Mark Adams, Guyana

Kindly short-list those players who have more than 4000 runs and 100 wickets in both versions of the game.

Carl Hooper is alone in achieving that particular double in both codes of international cricket. The full list, as at 17 March 2002, is:

Test Matches: IT Botham (E) 5,200 runs, 383 wickets; CL Hooper (WI) 5,020, 103; Kapil Dev (I) 5,248, 434; GStA Sobers (WI) 8,032, 235.

Limited-Overs Internationals: WJ Cronje (SA) 5,565, 114; CL Hooper (WI) 5,310, 180; ST Jayasuriya (SL) 7,235, 214; JH Kallis (SA) 5,020, 132; IVA Richards (WI) 6,721, 118; SR Tendulkar (I) 11,069, 105; SR Waugh (A) 7,569, 195.

SV Muralidhar, New York, USA

Is it true that Bob Cowper of Australia hit a triple hundred? How come he did not have a long run in Test cricket?

Yes, RM ('Bob') Cowper scored 307 against England at Melbourne in 1965-66 and it remains Australia's highest score in a home Test. He played in 27 Tests between 1964 and 1968, scoring 2,061 runs, average 46.84, with five hundreds, before retiring from first-class cricket to pursue business interests.

Alex Walker, England

Graeme Hick is a great player and in my opinion could be one of the top run scorers in First Class cricket if he carries on - can you give me his latest statistics please?

Graeme's first-class batting record to the start of the 2002 season is: 422 matches, 695 innings, 65 not outs, 33,793 runs, average 53.63, 117 hundreds and 127 fifties. He has also taken 231 wickets and held 522 catches.

Peter Price, USA

I remember John Arlott saying that Doug Wright of Kent was the man most likely to bowl an "unplayable" ball. Did he ever play in Tests?

Yes, Doug Wright played in 38 Tests for England between 1938 and 1950-51. Bowling quickish leg-breaks and googlies from a long, bounding approach, he took 108 wickets at 39.11. The best of his six five-wicket hauls was 7-105 against Australia at Sydney in 1946-47. He also took ten wickets against the 1947 South Africans at Lord's.

Saleem Basit, Pakistan

Referring to your answer in STBW #18 about most 4s in an LOI, I remember Saeed Anwar hitting 21 fours during his 194 v India at Madras in 1997. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Apologies for omitting Saeed Anwar from that list. In fact, his innings of 194 from 146 balls in the 1996-97 Independence Cup contained 22 fours and 5 sixes

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