Question: Which bowler has bowled the most dot-balls in a row in a Test?
Spider says: It might be expected to be the game's most famous economical bowler, Indian left-arm fingerspinner Bapu Nadkarni - and it nearly was, but he just failed to beat Hugh Tayfield's record. Tayfield bowled 137 dot-balls in a row against England at Kingsmead, Durban in 1956/57. Nadkarni, again against England, at Chepauk Stadium, Chennai (then Madras) in 1963/64. These records are some of the least likely to be broken, given changes in attitudes to spin bowlers over the years.
Q: Who waited the longest, in terms of time, for their maiden Test century?
A :Arthur William "Dave" Nourse, the "Grand Old Man" of South African cricket, made his maiden century 19 years, 36 days after his debut. The latter came in 1902/03 (11 October) and the former 1921/22 (16 November).
Q: In Test cricket, who has gone longest without being dismissed lbw, in terms of innings?
A: New Zealand's Sir Richard Hadlee went 87 innings - between 1973/74 and 1985/86 - without being given lbw. And the sequence ended with a match in which he was dismissed that way in both innings'!
Q: And what about run out?
A: David Gower's 144-innings streak of no run-outs holds that record - he was run-out at Eden Gardens Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1981/82 but did not fall that way ever again in his Test career.
Q: Who has played the most consecutive innings' during a Test career in which they have not made a double-century?
A: Mark Taylor, who made 219 at Trent Bridge in 1989 (his first full season in Test cricket), did not score another double until 1998/99 (his last), whereupon he made 334*, which was then the best Australian Test score. He had gone 159 innings' between these doubles.
Q: Who has taken the most caught-and-bowled dismissals in a Test match?
A: This record was set long ago, by Billy Barnes in 1884/85. He made five c&bs against Australia at The MCG.
Q: Who has played the most consecutive Tests without taking a catch?
A: England's Peter Richardson did not take one between his games at Headingley in 1956 and Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1961/62 - this was 23 matches.
Q: My dad once took seven for four in a minor match, and was wondering what the best seven-fer is in all first-class cricket?
A: The record for fewest runs conceded for a seven-wicket haul was set quite recently ? Keith Dabengwa took seven for one for Westerns against Northerns in the 2006-07 Logan Cup. He bowled 4.4 overs and had three maidens.