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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #36
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Q: Which batsman has scored the most First-Class double-centuries without being chosen for a Test?

A :John Langridge made 76 centuries in his career, including eight doubles, but was never chosen for a Test match.
Q: What?s the record for consecutive 10-wicket hauls in Tests?

A: Muttiah Muralitharan is the only player to have attained four consecutive ten-fors, and he has actually done it twice. Previously Clarrie Grimmett achieved three in succession.
Q: Has anyone taken a catch off their first ball as a wicketkeeper in Tests?

A: Very surprisingly, the answer to this question is WG Grace. In a Test against Australia in 1884, the English wicket-keeper Alfred Lyttelton had two spells as a bowler, with WG keeping wicket in the second. Grace caught Billy Midwinter from the first ball he faced as 'keeper.
Q: What?s the highest individual score in the fourth-innings of a First-Class match?

A: In 2006, Cameron White made 260 for Somerset as they chased a total of 579 against Derbyshire, falling short by 80 runs.
Q: Have any players batted at all eleven positions in Tests?

A: Yes, there have been three - Wilfred Rhodes (who was mentioned in the opening edition of this column), and also Syd Gregory and Vinoo Mankad.
Q: What?s the highest Test score by a player aged 40 or older?

A: South Africa?s Eric Rowan scored 236 against England at Headingley in 1951.
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