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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #96
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Q: What is the country-by-country breakdown of that?

A :South Africa - 3
India - 2
Pakistan - 2
England - 4
Sri Lanka - 3
Australia - 2
West Indies - 1
Zimbabwe - 3 in the time they were a serious competitor
Q: And how many times have they won more than one per series?

A: The aforementioned South Africa 1961/62 series; the 1983/84 series in Sri Lanka; the famous 1985/86 series in Australia; and the almost equally famous 1999 one in England. Soon after they managed a two-nil whitewash of Zimbabwe in 2000/01.
Q: When did the system of Match Referees start and who was the first to sit at a Test match?

A: It was introduced in the 1991/92 season, and consequently the first match to feature a Referee was the opener of the Australia vs. India series at The 'Gabba. The man in the hotseat was former England captain MJK Smith.
Q: What is the average scoring-rate in ODIs involving only substandard sides?

A: In 116 ODIs involving competition between Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, East Africa, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, Holland, Scotland, UAE and USA so far as of this column, the average rate has been 4.65-an-over.
Q: And for serious sides against non-serious ones?

A: For Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies against the above teams, 262 games so far have produced a rate of 5.47-an-over.
Q: And non-serious ones against serious ones?

A: For the inverse of the above in the same 262 games, the average rate has been 3.83-an-over.
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