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Last Updated: Friday, 11 August 2006, 13:42 GMT 14:42 UK
Stump the Bearded Wonder No 128
Bill Frindall is waiting for your questions
Bill Frindall, aka the Bearded Wonder, answers your lates 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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Andrew, UK

After Pakistan suffered four run outs in the third Test at Headingley, I would like to ask, what is the most run outs in one Test match by a single side?

Chris Benson, UK

Is England's achievement in running out four Pakistan batsmen at Headingley a Test match record?

The record is five by Australia v England at Sydney in 1920-21. England have gained four run outs in two previous Tests - against Australia at Adelaide in 1901-02 and against Pakistan at Edgbaston in 1987.

Archie Butter, Scotland

Apart from the run out, when last did two bowlers take all the wickets in an England win?

James Saunders, England

During the Second Test against Pakistan, Steve Harmison (11) and Monty Panesar (8) took 19 out of the 20 wickets. Is this the closest that two bowlers have come to each taking 10 wickets in a match for the same side?

No, the closest is by Colin Blythe (11) and George Hirst (9), left-arm spinners both, for England against Australia at Edgbaston in 1909. Theirs is one of six instances of two bowlers sharing all 20 wickets in a Test and the only one for England apart from the Jim Laker (19) and Tony Lock (1) Old Trafford Ashes epic of 1956 (the answer to your question, Archie). Harmison and Panesar achieved the ninth instance of an 11-8 division of wickets in a Test.

Richard Yates, UK

Who was the last England player to score hundreds in three successive Test matches?

Prior to Ian Bell, Graham Gooch was the most recent to achieve this feat for England when, in 1990, he scored 154 and 30 v New Zealand (Edgbaston), 333 and 123 v India (Lord's), and 116 and 7 v India (Old Trafford).

Philip Nightingale, Lancashire

Which qualified players have the highest first-class career totals for both runs and wickets without ever playing a Test match for England?

Alan Jones of Glamorgan (1957-83) compiled the highest batting aggregate (36,049 runs, average 32.89, with 56 hundreds. A left-handed opener, he played for England against the Rest of the World at Lord's in 1970, being caught behind off Mike Procter for 5 and 0 in a match that was considered at the time to be an official Test match. When it was declassified by the ICC some years later, Jones was asked to return his cap and blazer.

Another Welshman, off-spinner Don Shepherd (1950-72), achieved the highest bowling tally without gaining an England cap, with 2,218 wickets at 21.32 runs apiece.

Vince Haskins, Wales

In the recent Headingley Test between England and Pakistan, all 40 wickets fell for a total of 1,553 runs scored. Is this the highest total of runs scored when every wicket has fallen in Tests? What about in all first-class cricket?

It is the highest Test match aggregate in a five-day Test when all 40 wickets have fallen and it has been exceeded only three times, all in timeless Tests in Australia: 1,753 (v England at Adelaide in 1920-21 - 6 days), 1,646 (v South Africa at Adelaide in 1910-11 - 6 days), and 1,611 (v England at Sydney in 1924-25 - 7 days).

The most runs in a first-class match in which 40 wickets have fallen is 2,078 by Bombay and Holkar at Bombay in 1944-45.

Peter August, England

How does Monty Panesar's record compare with that of other good England left-arm spinners such as Derek Underwood and Phil Edmonds after they had played nine Tests?

Including Headingley, Monty Panesar has taken 31 wickets at 30.12 runs apiece from 2,228 balls. After nine Tests, Phil Tufnell had 37 wickets at 27.14 from 2,569 balls, Phil Edmonds 33 at 22.24 from 2275, and Derek Underwood 31 at 21.55 from 2,279.

Nick Minns, UK

England have just beaten Pakistan in the 3rd Test at Headingley despite Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf's magnificent first innings, third-wicket partnership of 363. Is this the highest partnership recorded by a side that went on to lose a Test match?

Luckily Aggers and company did not think of this excellent question during the TMS commentaries from Leeds as it required a results check for each of the other 23 Tests that have produced higher partnerships. The answer is that not only is that stand the highest to be produced in a losing cause, it is also the only one of 300 or more to do so.

In fact the previous highest stand to contribute to a defeat is now 81st on the list, 80 runs fewer, and it held the record for more than 81 years. It was the opening stand of 283 shared by Jack Hobbs (154) and Herbert Sutcliffe (176) at Melbourne in the Third Ashes Test in January 1925 in response to Australia's 600 all out. England replied with 479, dismissed their hosts for 250 but were bowled out again for 290 (Sutcliffe 127) to lose by 81 runs.

Ed, England

What is the highest partnership between batsmen numbers 10 and 11?

The record in all first-class cricket is 249 in 190 minutes by C.T. (Chandra) Sarwate (124 not out) and S.N.(Shute) Banerjee (121) for the 1946 Indians against Surrey at The Oval. Joining forces at 205 for 9, they took the total to 454. Bowled out for 135, Surrey followed on and made 338, Sarwate's leg-breaks claiming five victims, and lost by nine wickets. Banerjee was the first Bengali to play international cricket.

The Test match record, also created at The Oval, is 128 in 140 minutes by Ken Higgs (63) and John Snow (59 not out) for England v West Indies in 1966, both batsmen registering their maiden first-class fifties.

John Boorman, England

Mark Ramprakash this season has already scored 1,818 first-class runs at an average at 113.62. What is the highest run aggregate and average since the formation of the two-division four-day county championship?

After his 196 against Worcestershire, Ramprakash had scored 2,044 runs at 113.55 with eight hundreds in 20 first-class innings this season. The previous highest aggregate since the two-division format was introduced in 2000 was 2,055 by Mike Hussey (Northants) in 2001.

Given a qualification of eight completed innings, the previous highest average was 95.00 by Nick Knight in 2002. The most hundreds in a season this century is nine by Kent's David Fulton in 2001 and Robert Key in 2004.

Richard Griffiths, England

Cook now has three Test centuries and he's still only 21. Has any other England player managed this?

No. Alastair Cook, born in Gloucester on Christmas Day 1984, is the only England player to have scored three Test hundreds before his 22nd birthday. Only Len Hutton, who scored his third hundred (his world record 364 in the 1938 Ashes Test at The Oval) two months after his 22nd birthday, and David Gower, who reached the same landmark three months after his, have come close.

Russell Sullivan, UK

In the recent First Test against Sri Lanka, South Africa's left-arm spinner Nicky Boje failed to take a wicket and went for 221. Is this the most expensive Test stint without taking a wicket?

Alasdair, Scotland

Are Nicky Boje's 221 runs without a wicket the worst bowling figures ever?

No, that honour still belongs to Pakistan's opening bowler, Khan Mohammad, who conceded 259 runs from 54 overs without taking a wicket against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica, in 1957-58. When Pakistan played their inaugural Test against England, at Lord's in 1954, Khan clean bowled Len Hutton (first ball), Peter May, Bill Edrich, Godfrey Evans and Trevor Bailey. An old friend who toured with my Maltamaniacs, Khan has lived in Ealing for 50 years.

Brian Mantle, Essen, Germany

Hope you are well and are still keeping an eye on happenings in German cricket. My question relates to the number of centuries scored by English batsmen in an English Test summer. After Headingley, England have scored 12 centuries in six Tests. What is the record in this respect?

Good to hear from you, Brian, and I hope to see you again when I visit Berlin, Munchen-Gladbach and Munich at the end of next month. England's current tally of 12 hundreds (with a Test to play) is one short of their best in a home season, 13 against West Indies (8 in 3 Tests) and New Zealand (5 in 4 matches) in 2004. England also scored 12 hundreds in 2002, six apiece against India and Sri Lanka. Only since 2000 have England played as many as seven Tests in a summer.

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Bill Frindall Q&A
25 May 06 |  Cricket


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