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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #83
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Q: And if so (or even if not) does anyone have an economy-rate of 0-an-over who has bowled more than a single over?

A :No - the only other man to have bowled in a ODI and not conceded a run is Australian opening batsman Walter Edwards, who played his only ODI in 1974/75, the one-off game which accompanied the brutal Ashes series. England won it comfortably, and with them needing a single to win Edwards was brought on and off his opening delivery England won the game. Whether they did this by scampering a leg-bye or courtesy of a wide or no-ball (in those days such extras were not debited against the bowler) is not recorded for public consumption.
Q: Has there been an instance when a player batted or bowled on all 4/5 days of a match?

A: There have been many - one such example here from Ian Botham in just his 4th Test match. What is much more unusual is players being on the field throughout a match.
Q: In ODIs, who has the best economy-rate of those who have bowled 100 overs?

A: England seamer Geoff Arnold, who played 14 ODIs between 1972 and 1975 (all bar a couple of which came at home, and one in which he did not bowl in as the game was rain-ruined), conceded just 2.84-an-over. He is one of only three specialist bowlers to have enjoyed a ODI career of any length whatsoever to concede less than 3-an-over - the others are countryman John Snow (9 matches, 1 in which he did not bowl, conceding 2.58-an-over) and Barbadian Sylvester Clarke (who played 10, 1 of which came for what was effectively West Indies A during the Packer schism, conceding 2.8-an-over).
Q: How many times have the same two bowlers bowled unchanged throughout an all-out innings?

A: 24 so far - but the list is hardly an even one. 13 of these came in the 19th-century; a further 3 in 1901/02; and once each in 1909 and 1912. Since the First World War there have been just 6 instances, and none between 1956/57 and 1994. The only occurrences in modern times all involved three of the great pace bowling partnerships of the 1990s - first Curtley Ambrose and Courtney Walsh's demolition of England at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain; then just a few months later Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis' destruction of Sri Lanka at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy; and finally in 1999 Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie's induction to West Indies to capitulate, once more at Queen's Park Oval (a ground whose square does from time to time provide a pitch which disintegrates rapidly).
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