I noticed Nathan Lyon finished with 11 maidens off the reel in Adelaide tonight, and wondered how that stacked up in the all-time pantheon (headed, of course, by number one dullard Bapu Nadkarni in his miserly effort of 32-27-5-0).
Google gives me this:
"Nadkarni returned the astonishing figures of 32-27-5-0, including 21-consecutive six-ball maidens against England at Madras (now Chennai) in 1963-64.
South Africa's Hugh Tayfield had a sequence of 16 consecutive eight-ball maidens, also against England at Durban in 1956-57.
West Indies' Joey Carew bowled 15 consecutive six-ball maidens against England at Port-of-Spain in 1967-68.
England's Johnny Wardle bowled 13 consecutive six-ball maidens against South Africa at Nottingham in 1955. The most recent notable instance I am able to track down is Chaminda Vaas's 11-consecutive maidens against India at Chennai in 2005-06."