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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #29
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Q: Has there ever been an occasion where all eleven fielders appeared on the opposition's scorecard in an international match?

A :Actually this has happened three times:
England vs. South Africa, ICC World Cup group match, 1999;
West Indies v South Africa, Fifth Test, Sabina Park, 2001;
Zimbabwe v England, Second ODI, 2001/02.
Q: I'd like to know what/who holds the record for maximum number of wickets in a "single" over.

A: In First-Class cricket (no definitive records are kept below this level - it's possible, indeed very probable, that six or more have at some point fallen in an over somewhere, sometime) the most wickets known to have fallen in an over is five, in Sussex vs. Surrey, 1972. Pat Pocock (who in his last two overs of the game took seven wickets) grabbed four, and there was a run-out off the final delivery.
Q: What is the record for most runs in a bilateral ODI series?

A: Chris Gayle of West Indies scored 455 runs in seven ODIs against India in 2002/03. In the 2004/05 ODI series against South Africa, England's Kevin Pietersen narrowly missed this total with 454 runs. Pietersen might well have beaten the tally, but he did not bat once in the series, as most of England's innings was washed-out in the sixth game. It is true that he benefited enormously from dropped catches over the course, however.
Q: Who has scored the most double-centuries in Test cricket?

A: As with many things, Sir Donald Bradman leads the way with 12 double-centuries, in only 52 games. Next highest is Brian Lara with 9.

Of the active players, Kumar Sangakkara leads the way with 6 in 76 matches, while Virender Sehwag has 5 in 60. Mahela Jayawardene, Sachin Tendulkar, and Ricky Ponting are currently tied for third place with four each.

As for triple-centuries, Bradman again to some extent leads the way with two triples in his career. However, this time, he shares the record with both Lara and Sehwag, who have two each. Matthew Hayden and Jayawardene are the only other active players who have scored a triple-century in their careers.
Q: I notice that Don Bradman as a bowler took two wickets in Tests - who were his victims?

A: Ivan Barrow of West Indies and, much more notably, Walter Hammond of England, possibly the greatest batsman of his contemporaries.
Q: Which players have scored centuries in their 100th Test?

A: There have been six: Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge, Javed Miandad, Alec Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ricky Ponting (the lattermost of whom went one better than the rest and scored one in both innings', one of three occurrences he managed that in the 2005/06 season).
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