Question: Has any Test wicketkeeper ever failed to make a single dismissal?
Spider says: Yes - Humayun Farhat, of Pakistan, played his only Test in New Zealand in 2000/01, at WestPac Trust Park, Hamilton the final match of the series after Moin Khan had been injured. New Zealand lost just four wickets in the entire game in an innings-and-185-run victory, and Farhat was soon relegated below several others. Though still just 29 years old as of this column, his chances of further appearances look fairly remote, so he might just keep hold of this record.
Q: Which decade has contained the most hit-wicket dismissals?
A: The 1950s had 22, just ahead of the 1960s with 21.
Q: Which country has seen the most batsmen dismissed hit-wicket?
A: England tops this list by far, with 37 dismissals out of 13625 wickets that have so far fallen in the country.
Q: And which team has lost most batsmen this way?
A: England again come out on "top", having had 36 batsmen dismissed this way so far.
Q: And... last of all... what's the most hit-wickets in a Test series?
A: Remarkably, there were four in each of the 1930 West Indies vs. England series (the one containing the above Bourda Test) and the 1938/39 South Africa vs. England one. In a further four series' there were three, and 25 where a couple fell that way.