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One inconsistency is that Phadkar is described as facing the last ball when other sources say it was Ghulam Ahmed. Maybe this caused Joshi to panic and call stumps. In any case, this may be the worst umpiring error in Test history. Although two wickets were in hand, the last man, P Sen, had a broken arm. He was reportedly ready to bat with his arm in a sling. I have updated my online scores to reflect this new information.

Bowlers Taking 4 wickets for 0 run in 7, 8, or 9 balls. This is an addendum to a list from 24 October , on the subject of bowlers who took four wickets in very few balls. WP Howell. GAR Lock. Eng v WI 5 , The Oval WH Ashley. Waqar Younis. Mohammad Aamer. Pak v Eng 4 , Lord's Eng v Ind 2 , Nottingham Trent Bridge PJ Cummins.

Aus v Ind 3 , MCG AR Border. Aus v WI 2 , Georgetown, Guyana PCR Tufnell. Many of these instances involve the bowler running through the tail. Cummins is the first bowler in Tests to take the first four wickets of an innings for no runs in the space of fewer than 10 balls. Days where the only wicket was a run out. When Sri Lanka recently batted through a day without loss of a wicket, various lists appeared of such instances. In the Colombo Test of , India dropped seven catches during the day.

Most Time spent on Field in a Test Minutes. The list excludes Timeless Tests. BC Lara. Taufeeq Umar. CT Radley. HM Amla. SAf v Eng 1 , The Oval AN Cook. RS Dravid. Younis Khan. N Hussain. Azhar Ali. DPMD Jayawardene. In most cases, I have no way of confirming if this is true. The list is dominated by recent performances because the addition of extra time at the end of a day due to slow over rates has become quite standard.

The English team that toured Australia in under the management of Alfred Shaw went through the whole five-Test series unchanged. In fact, the team was unchanged in every first-class match on tour. There was a simple reason for this: there were only eleven players touring.

As a former Test player, Shaw was on hand to fill in, but he only played in minor games, as did assistant manager James Lillywhite. Robert Peel reportedly managed to take no fewer than wickets on tour, thanks in no small part to the number of games against odds of teams up to Peel took 18 for 7 in one innings against Moss Vale. For comparison, bear in mind that the most wickets in a first-class Australian season is by CTB Turner if my old record book is still correct.

Here is a trend that will become a bit of a worry if it continues: the last 12 Tests have all been won by the team winning the toss and choosing to bat. Of the last 22 Tests, only two have been won by the side batting second, or the side losing the toss. There has been one draw, and 19 wins to the side batting first.

In the last 38 Tests, the highest score by a team batting second is , with a batting average of M Morkel. I Sharma. B Lee. ST Gabriel. Wahab Riaz. A Flintoff. DAJ Bracewell. PM Siddle. PT Collins. Rubel Hossain. SL Malinga. Bear in mind that this relies on Cricinfo ball-by-ball texts, and my ability to search them. This is because umpires are ignoring a lot of no balls when a dismissal does not occur. I think that this is a bad thing.

One day a match will hinge on this. It may well have at Abu Dhabi or even Adelaide — who knows? I wouldn't go so far as to call them unsung heroes, but in international cricket, the scorers must be the most unsung officials. This came home to me when I tried to google for information on Geoffrey Saulez , who scored a great number of Tests all over the world from the s to the 90s. Very little of any substance turned up. A search of London Times from to turned up one — single-line — mention. I was interested in finding a list of Tests that Saulez whose name I don't even know how to pronounce scored, but I doubt if there is one.

My interest was piqued when I found a note that Saulez had scored some of the New Zealand tour of the West Indies. He scored India's tour of Sri Lanka in and many other 'exotic' Tests. Saulez would go anywhere, at his own expense, to score Tests. The 'at his own expense' bit was the key to his popularity with touring teams. He was 'official' scorer for England many times, but always had to pay his own way.

John Kobylecky is one of the very few who have collected old Test match scores. He told me that he corresponded with Saulez before the latter's death in , and obtained a few scores. It appeared that Saulez had kept copies of many others. When Saulez died, John heard about it and urgently called the family, to make sure nothing was thrown out before statisticians could have a look at Saulez's papers. However, when he was able to go visit, John found that all the papers and old scores had been thrown away anyway.

This was a huge and irreplaceable loss to cricket statistics. There must have been dozens of Test scores of his that are now on the 'lost forever' list.

Anyway, if anyone knows of other info on Saulez , apart from his Wisden obituary , let me know. I presume there is some stuff in various tour books. I do wonder, though, if Saulez devalued the craft and importance of scoring by doing it all for free and at great personal expense. Mind you, I post all this for free too so perhaps I am not one to talk.

The first player from a major county who played in List A but never played first-class cricket was Len Beel from Somerset, in Double-century partnership in each innings of a Test match individuals :. The runs conceded by some bowlers in this series remain technically incorrect to this day. The old method seems to have persisted in some ODIs well into When Graham Gooch was injured during the Ashes tour, Hugh Morris of Glamorgan was flown out to Australia as a fill-in replacement. Morris played just two games — both minor one- dayers — before Gooch recovered.

Morris then flew home, apparently flying right around the world. Test Matches of the s. I have begun posting detailed scores of Test matches in the s as part of the Test Match Database Project. Keeping of official records in India, Pakistan and West Indies during this decade was practically non-existent. Another factor was South Africa dropping out of Test cricket.

However, published scores began to show more detail in this decade. Balls faced for some major innings can still be found even where original scorebooks are lost. A Long-Time Record Examined. The partnership of by Vijay Hazare and Gul Mahomed, for Baroda v Holkar in , stood as the highest in first-class cricket for almost 60 years.

It remains the highest for the fourth wicket. However, apart from these bare statistics, not much has ever been said about this stand. I have gleaned a little more on this; however, information is limited — it was a long time ago, in a non-international, and outside the major cricket centres. The match was the final of the Ranji Trophy, and was played to a finish without a rest day. Timeless cricket had been discontinued in Australia and elsewhere by this time, so by such matches were unusual.

The fourth-wicket partnership then extended until the first session of the fourth day. The known intervals are as follows Baroda 1st Inns. Day 1. Day 2. Partn 4. G , H Partn Day 3. G, H G in '. Day 4. H Gul Mahommad was the more aggressive and his was scored entirely within the one partnership.

He reached in minutes, in , and in All these figures are from newspapers or other publications. They cannot be regarded as ironclad. However, there is some internal consistency in the time figures for Gul Mohammad. There is a specific puzzle in the number of overs per day: on Day 2 but only 86 on Day 3, while 85 overs were bowled before tea on Day 4. The Day 3 figure seems too low to be explained by tiring bowling alone.

No delays are mentioned in the available sources. Mohammad was only at lunch on Day 3, by which time he should have been batting over 5 hours, in conflict with his reported in minutes. The reports describe Mohammad batting with great aggression before lunch on Day 3, yet he scored only 57 runs. A shortened session seems the best explanation. Estimated number of overs for the partnership: 65 on Day 2, 86 on Day 3, and 25 on Day 4.

The may well be the longest stand outside Test cricket, however. This is an incomplete study. Any help from readers would be appreciated. The record is attributed to Adam Parore in making 96 at Baroda in I have no reason to doubt this, but I have a couple of corrections to other innings high on this list. AC Parore Baroda IPCL. Presumed correct. KJ Barnett The Oval. Actually 5x4. Zaheer Abbas Melbourne MCG. DL Haynes Sydney SCG. Actually 4x4.

A Bagai Nairobi Ruaraka. JP Duminy The Barnett and Haynes innings are given as boundary-free by online scorecards, but this is contradicted by surviving scores. It is conceivable, perhaps, that the fours were all-run, but I very much doubt it. It reminds me of the 84 by Bill Lawry in a Test match at Brisbane in For years this was identified as the highest boundary-free innings in a Test match, but it all went back to a typing error in a magazine scorecard, carelessly repeated in a RS Whitington tour book.

Lawry actually hit 9 fours. Most balls bowled before conceding first run in Tests. AR Dell. New Zealand.

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WE Russell. SJ Harmison. BA Murphy. HJ Butler. JE Emburey. Sarandeep Singh. DJ Nash. Tony Dell was an England-born fast-medium bowler who played only two Tests. I only have data for about two-thirds of bowlers in ODIs, but I found that over bowlers have bowled a maiden as their first over. More than 15 have bowled two maidens to start. Not many famous names, the most recent being Kane Richardson of Australia.

I found only two bowlers who started with three maidens. Sobers' first 21 balls were scoreless, one more than Asad Ali. Who would have thought that Sobers held an ODI record! Here's a strange one. There are two unrelated players in international cricket named HMCM Bandara , one male and one female.

I note that that this Neganahira and Uthura team has played no senior cricket apart from those five List A games. Such is the strange state of Sri Lankan domestic cricket. Most first-class wickets in a calendar year. CTB Turner. AP Freeman. T Richardson. Tich Freeman took over wickets in a season in England six times. These old records will never be broken.

The most in the last 20 years are…. Danish Kaneria. SCG MacGill. Curiously, official scoresheets of the season in Australia continued to use the old counting system. Victor Trumper scored in his th first-class innings. Murali bowled 17 hat-trick balls in Tests without success. Neither resulted in a hat-trick. Keiran Powell was the batsman facing Stokes, and Jason Holder, once again, was the bowler. Cairns hit one 4 and six 6s; his 50 off 21 balls was the fastest of its time see entry for 19 May A re-score has now been done and gives Cairns the following sequence. Cairns reached 44 off 14 balls, which would still rival the fastest first 14 balls in any ODI.

I did find one and only one innings that was faster out of the gate: Martin Guptill reached 46 off 12 balls against Sri Lanka at Christchurch on 28 Dec Scoring Test centuries in the same innings: a curious result. I might have expected to see Adam Gilchrist on this list. Lyon joins a short list, four wickets in six balls.

Nathan Lyon tour four wickets before lunch on the first day in the Abu Dhabi Test. The last time a spinner took four wickets before lunch on the first day was also in the UAE for Australia v Pakistan, Shane Warne in , in the match where Pakistan scored 59 and GA Lohmann. MJC Allom. CM Old. Eng v Pak 1 , Birmingham Edgbaston W Bates. K Cranston. Eng v SAf 4 , Leeds Headingley FJ Titmus. Eng v NZ 3 , Leeds Headingley JN Gillespie. Mohammad Sami.

Sohag Gazi. TA Boult. NM Lyon. Pak v Aus 2 , Abu Dhabi Roach, like Lyon, took his sequence in the first session of the match. He conceded 2 runs off the last ball of the over. Perhaps that was too expensive, because he did not bowl again in the match, finishing with Andy Caddick took four wickets in an over in , but thanks to a no ball it was four wickets in seven deliveries.

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Numbers continued to rise, towards per English season in the late s. It records an all-run five, apparently without overthrows. It was hit by Desmond Haynes off Dennis Lillee in the 7 th over. It appears from descriptions that there were no overthrows involved. The substitute was Dieter Klein, who was permitted to bat and bowl. Chappell took no further part in the match. Full substitutes are not uncommon in modern f-c cricket, but allowing them to bat in the same innings as the player they are replacing is, I am sure, quite unusual.

Far less well-known is the fact that in the following year, the touring New Zealanders lost only once on an entire tour of England, out of 39 matches, and were undefeated in both the Tests and all the county games. Perhaps this speaks volumes of the strength of English bowling after the War. When New Zealand toured England in , things were dramatically different, disastrously so for the New Zealanders.

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Mohammad Shahzad reached his century when Afghanistan had only runs on the board in an ODI against India on the 25 th of September. This was described as a record, but was actually one run shy of the out of by Dennis Amiss in , in only the 6 th ODI ever played. Shahzad did have out of the runs, so he had a higher percentage of the runs than Amiss. Following up on earlier posts, a small compilation of the youngest official Test scorers, where known.

Mark Kerly 16 , Auckland in Scott Sinclair 16 , Dunedin Sinclair was just 8 days older than Kerly had been when he scored his first Test. Alison Margaret Hall 19 Auckland Sydney James Southerton 19 , Tests. Southerton was an Englishman and the son of the James Southerton who had played in the first Test in , aged As young man, Sydney worked on the ship that carried the Australia touring team to Britain. It was the start of an impressive career as journalist and writer: Southerton eventually became editor of Wisden in , but died in Earlier information that Ninion Batchelor was a scorer on the tour needs to be corrected.

That information was always tenuous. Batchelor did act as scorer on the tour, though. For Tests in Australia, there are no known scorers younger than age C Weller, who was a scorer in , was 26 years and 3 months. I have recently been surveying List A matches as held by Cricket Archive, trying to get the numbering straight in my system.

One thing that has really surprised me is the number of matches for which scores are very incomplete or absent altogether.


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All the ones I have seen are from Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the s and particularly the s. Practically no other details are recorded for that match. A good deal of the missing Sri Lanka data seems to come from the time of civil War in that country. It does mean that career data for players from that time is very incomplete. The assessment of what was, and what was not, a List A match in those days seems to be rather haphazard. Some recent progress in finding old scores for internationals and other matches:.

Researchers could access the scores but could not copy them for copyright reasons. Getting permission involved a chain of four contacts passing on my request to Debbie Frindall who held copyright , but once I finally was able to get in contact, Mrs Frindall kindly gave permission. Apparently South Australia was the only state to broadcast the entire match.

I now have all World Cup finals ball-by-ball. No official score for that match has been found in Australian, English or Indian archives. A true enthusiast! Although the score is difficult to decipher, I have managed to re-score the innings. I will report on this later. Cricinfo was doing bbb by then, but their coverage was patchy in the early days and they missed a number of early ODIs in New Zealand and one Test. Keith Stackpole made a pair of ducks in his last Test match in Eden Park. He was out to the first ball of the match, to a waist-high full toss from Richard Hadlee , a height that might be called a no ball today.

I am told by Francis Payne that Parker dropped as many catches as he took at slip. This is said to be the only Test where a wicket fell before the ball touched the ground. Francis also tells me that the crowd on the final day in this Test was 34,, which remains the highest in any New Zealand Test. Possibly probably? He scored 36, and his innings finished with 22 runs off six balls 2 ,4,6,0,4,6,W.

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Bowlers taking wickets with the last ball of a session and the first ball of the next. This list, drawn from the ball-by-ball database, is probably not complete. The data includes wickets with the last ball of the day and first ball of the next day. GH Hirst. B Dooland. RNS Hobbs. Eng v Ind 1 , Leeds Headingley SR Waugh. Eng v SL 1 , The Oval RR Sarwan. WI v Ind 3 , Bridgetown, Barbados Eng v WI 1 , Lord's KTGD Prasad.

AG Cremer. Mohammed Shami. Eng v Ind 4 , Southampton The shortness of this list highlights the astonishing coincidence of Mohammed Shami doing it twice in one match. Rabada is the only other bowler to do it more than once in a career. It has become more common. Some kind of DJ is urging the crowd to make some noise, and, this being England, they are politely declining. The offender at cover seems to have been David Miller.

Jason Roy will feel his pain. That is a shocker. Dhoni cuts for two to make 15 off five balls. And the run rate is back to five. Updated at 5. That is surely the final nail. Sharma plays a simple push for a single, leaves the nerveless nineties and reaches three figures for the 23rd time in ODIs. Uncertain at first, he has been commanding ever since. After four dots, Dhoni cuts for two and pulls for one. India need 57 off the last ten, which should be a piece of cake for these two. KP having a Three Lions tattoo springs to mind.

South Africa will insist on being respectable when they need to be explosive. Dhoni cashes in with a flick-pull for four. Whether or not he bothers the batsmen, he will definitely slow down the OBO. After doing well to string together four dots, he tries a short one and Sharma sees it so early that his pull goes straight back past the bowler. Quotas have played some role, but possibly more in reinforcing money-based decisions. The hope is that this is a World Cup too far for a fading great generation of SA cricketers, as was —and that the nucleus of the next generation is there for another great SA cricket team — Markram, de Kock, Ngidi, Rabada.

Slip sliding away. Dhoni sends for his cap, giving us a better view of the flinty look on his face. And now a word from our fashion editor. Both of them might have been out, had there not been another fumble in the field. Oh dear. India need 85 off 17, so still bang on five.

South Africa need two quick wickets — these two. Dhoni has other ideas, making a point of fiddling and fidgeting, desperate to be the big guy in the room. Breakthrough at last!