January 24, 2017

Double and a duck, and tail-end highs

What's the highest score by a No. 10 in a Test?
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Shoaib Malik made 245 and a duck in Abu Dhabi against England and then retired from Tests after the series © Associated Press

Is it correct that Bangladesh's 595 at the Basin was the highest score by a team that ended up losing the Test? asked Kieron Campbell from New Zealand
It is true: Bangladesh's 595 for 8 declared in Wellington last week was the highest total ever made in a losing cause in a Test match. It broke a record that had stood for more than 122 years: Australia lost to England in Sydney in 1894-95 despite making 586 in their first innings. England ended up winning by the narrow margin of ten runs, in the first of just three Test matches won by the side that followed on. There have been only 14 other Tests in which a total of 500-plus wasn't enough to avoid defeat, seven of them in the current century. The last of those was by New Zealand, who made 523 but lost to England at Lord's in 2015.

Shakib Al Hasan made a double-century and a duck in the same Test. How many other people have done this? asked Michael Sinclair from England
Shakib Al Hasan's unusual double - 217 and 0 fort Bangladesh against New Zealand in Wellington - was only the seventh time it had been completed in a Test. The first to do it was South Africa's Dudley Nourse, with 0 and 231 against Australia in Johannesburg in 1935-36. Since then it's also been done by Imtiaz Ahmed (209 and 0 for Pakistan v New Zealand in Lahore in 1955-56), Seymour Nurse (201 and 0 for West Indies v Australia in Bridgetown in 1964-65), Viv Richards (208 and 0 for West Indies v Australia in Melbourne in 1984-85), Ricky Ponting (242 and 0 for Australia v India in Adelaide in 2003-04) and Shoaib Malik (245 and 0 for Pakistan v England in Abu Dhabi in 2015-16). For the full list of players who have scored a century and a duck in the same Test, click here.

How often have England lost a match in which Eoin Morgan has scored a ton? asked Nair Ottappalam from India
Eoin Morgan's 102 in that big run-chase against India in Cuttack last week was the third time he has scored a century in vain for England in one-day internationals. He made 106 in Brisbane in 2013-14, only for Australia to scrape home by one wicket, and 121 in Sydney the following season: that time Australia won by three wickets. Before his England career began, Morgan also made 115 for Ireland against Canada in Nairobi in 2006-07, but they lost by six wickets. That was Morgan's only century for Ireland, although he was run out for 99 on his ODI debut for them, in a win over Scotland in Ayr in August 2006.

Jayant Yadav's century in the Mumbai Test against England was the first by an Indian No. 9 © Associated Press

Test cricketers wear a number on their uniform to indicate their cap sequence. To date, how many Test caps have been awarded by each nation? asked Allan Alexander from the United States
The two new caps awarded by Bangladesh in the current Test against New Zealand in Christchurch - Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Nurul Hasan - took the overall number of men who have appeared in a Test match to 2857. Of those, England have capped 676 different players, Australia 450, South Africa 329, West Indies 309, India 287, New Zealand 271, Pakistan 225, Sri Lanka 139, Zimbabwe 100 (Carl Mumba recently brought up their century) and Bangladesh 85. Note that the individual numbers add up to 2871, as 14 players have appeared for two different countries in Tests.

Was Jayant Yadav the first Indian No. 9 to score a Test century? asked Ian Hugo from Nigeria
Jayant Yadav's 104 against England in Mumbai last month was the 16th Test century by a No. 9 batsman - but the first for India. The previous-highest by an Indian No. 9 was Farokh Engineer's 90, against New Zealand in Madras (now Chennai) in 1964-65. The highest Test score by any No. 9 remains Ian Smith's 173 for New Zealand against India in Auckland in 1989-90. Stuart Broad came close to that at Lord's in 2010, with 169 against Pakistan.

What are the highest scores by a No. 10 and No. 11 in a Test match? asked Brendan Murphy from Ireland
There have now been four centuries scored from No. 10 in a Test, the most recent by Bangladesh's Abul Hasan, with 113 on debut against West Indies in Khulna in 2012-13. The others were by Walter Read (117 for England v Australia at The Oval in 1884), Reggie Duff (104 on debut for Australia v England in Melbourne in 1901-02), and Pat Symcox (108 for South Africa v Pakistan in Johannesburg in 1997-98). Duff was usually an opener, but went in low down for tactical reasons, while Read batted higher than No. 10 in all his other innings for England.

There hasn't yet been a century from No. 11 in the order in Tests - but there have been two near misses in recent years. At Edgbaston in June 2012, West Indies' last man Tino Best biffed 95, beating the record for a No. 11 at the time by 20 runs. And the following summer, at Trent Bridge, 19-year-old Ashton Agar strolled in at No. 11 on his Test debut, and spanked the England attack around for 98. For a full list of Test half-centuries from No. 11 in the order, click here.

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Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes

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  • Lee on February 1, 2017, 5:24 GMT

    @MARTINBRIGGS - Thank you for clarifying that for me, I am aware of the setting off for a run fact and just forgot to mention it. Even though it was confusing it makes me love this game even more, with all the different technicalities, it just make it such an amazing game. Whether it be my team playing or not, this game is amazing to watch and learn.

  • Martin on January 31, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER - 31/01 6.01 - Gunaratne could not have been given out Hit Wicket and the umpires were correct. Hit Wicket has a very strict and limited time-frame, which starts at the commencement of the delivery stride, includes preparing to receive and playing (at) the ball and ends with the batsman setting off for a run *immediately* (in the umpire's judgement) after playing or playing at the ball. Even though this all happened very quickly, it was far too late for him to be liable to be out hit wicket. The time-frame does not end when the ball is dead, it is much earlier. He did, however, leave himself more open to being given out Obstructing the Field if the umpires felt that he had wilfully obstructed or distracted the fielding side. The fact that there was no fielder anywhere near the ball, nor could have been before the ball went over the boundary, probably negated this. It was a stupid thing for Gunaratne to do, he apologized profusely and that was rightly the end of it.

  • Martin on January 31, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER 31.01.17 3.33 - Hazlewood was the first time it has happened...

  • Lee on January 31, 2017, 6:01 GMT

    Hi Steven

    In the recent second T20 international between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Guneratne top edged the second last delivery to the boundry for what he thought was the winning runs and removed a stump from the ground. I have checked the replays and noted that the ball had not crossed the boundry line when he pulled the stump. Being a junior umpire I checked my rule book and found that according to law 35 (I believe that is the law as I checked it last night and don't have to book with me) regarding hit wicket it states "if the striker disturbs the wicket from when the bowler enters his delivery stride until the ball is deemed as being dead, a batsman shall be deemed out hit wicket." I know it is not word for word but that is the interpretation I see, when he pulled the stump out the ball was still in play. My question is, am I interpreting the law incorrectly or did the umpires make a mistake?

    Lee Barnard, South Africa. Yes, I was named after the cricketer.

  • Cricinfouser on January 31, 2017, 3:33 GMT

    How many times has a batsman faced 0 balls in a partnership of 50 or more in any format as Josh Hazlewood did the other day

  • Martin on January 30, 2017, 23:34 GMT

    @JIM.BRIGGS - Yes, the previous best was 20 when the #11 did not face a ball and was not out and 15 when he was dismissed (courtesy of Aslam Siddiqui on ASFb). @KONRAD K - Yes, 26 minutes is the longest recorded, however what must be kept in mind is that there is a vast amount of ODI data that is unknown in relation to balls faced, minutes batted etc, particularly prior to online bbb commentary.

  • Cricinfouser on January 30, 2017, 13:10 GMT

    In second T20 between India and England, average age of Indian team was 30.27 years. Is this the oldest T20 team in terms of average age.

  • Jim on January 30, 2017, 13:05 GMT

    Further to Konrad K's question, the Stoinis/Hazlewood partnership in the 1st NZ/AUS ODI added 54. Could that be the highest partnership where one of the batsmen has not faced a ball?

  • kkache5807502 on January 30, 2017, 6:02 GMT

    In 1st ODI between NZ and AUS, Josh Hazlewood spent 26 minutes as a batsman without facing a delivery. Was that the longest time for a batsman to play in an ODI without facing a delivery (or to be dismissed without facing a delivery?)?

  • Martin on January 29, 2017, 12:13 GMT

    @SANZO05 - Certainly no one in Test cricket...

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