Mike Holmans December 23, 2008

Merry Quizmas

The answers to the eight clues are all Test cricketers, one from each of the eight main Test-playing countries
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Here’s a little amusement to while away a dull half-hour over the holiday.

The main answer is a well-known cricketing name, which is spelled out by the initials of the answers to the eight clues. If the first two clues led to Mohammed Azharuddin and Rob Key, we would be looking for someone called MARK…..

The answers to the eight clues are all Test cricketers, one from each of the eight main Test-playing countries (ie not Bangladesh or Zimbabwe). Most of them are recent and at least reasonably well-known, though a couple are one-Test wonders of older vintage who just happen to be the only Test players I could find with the relevant initials.

1. A wicket keeper who played his only Test against New Zealand in the 1970s. He scored 7*, took two catches and conceded 16 byes.

2. A modern great with 26 Test centuries to his name, but an average of only 36 against South Africa.

3. A between-wars bowler whose only Test was the match before the one in which the main answer made his debut. He took no wickets, returning 0-60 and 0-12, but scored 8 and 44 with the bat.

4. A 1980s batsman who scored over 4000 Test runs, including centuries against West Indies when the rest of his team kept folding, and memorably won an ODI with a lot of runs off the last over.

5. A current all-rounder who has a century and a six-wicket haul in different matches on tour in Australia, but has yet to reach 100 wickets and 2000 runs.

6. A batsman and part-time bowler more usually thought of as an ODI player, he only averaged 28 with the bat, though he made three Test centuries, the highest being 123 against Pakistan.

7. A 1990s pace bowler who took 160 wickets but is more usually remembered for some lengthy stonewalling innings at number 11, including 14* in a last-wicket partnership of 106 against England.

8. A current bowler who has 123 Test wickets to his name – although he says his name changes to something German when he gets out on the field.

Have fun, and I’ll post the answers after Christmas. If you celebrate either the birth of Jesus or the passing of the winter solstice, may I wish you the compliments of the season. If you don’t, please just tolerate my wintry whimsies.

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  • mike of cnbra on December 27, 2008, 22:23 GMT

    Dear cricinfo. In your "All today's yesterdays" column dated 27 Dec, you claim mallet's 8/59 v Pak as the best figures by a spinner in Australia. Arthur Mailey took 9/121 v Eng at Melbourne in 1921. How soon we forget.

  • Himadri on December 24, 2008, 9:28 GMT

    Finding the answers will help you learn how to use statsguru!!!!....:-)....

  • Rishi.A on December 24, 2008, 7:53 GMT

    SOLVED IT FINALLY, GOT STUCK ON 4TH(Allan Lamb) TILL AL FROM SIR DONALD BRADMAN GAVE A HINT

  • Wasi Acrim on December 24, 2008, 2:31 GMT

    The answer is Scott Muller.

  • Saqib on December 23, 2008, 13:15 GMT

    Woohoo finished it without reading the answers first :P

  • andrew schulz on December 23, 2008, 13:13 GMT

    Looks like there's not much point posting the answers after Christmas now.

  • santhosh on December 23, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid OE Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

    => SIR DONALD BRADMAN

  • Ankur Garg on December 23, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    The Answer is SIR DONALD BRADMAN The ans in order are Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid Otto Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

  • Ankur Garg on December 23, 2008, 8:14 GMT

    The Answer is SIR DONALD BRADMAN The ans in order are Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid Otto Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2008, 8:09 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr 2. Rahul Dravid 3. Otto Nothling 4. Javed Miandad 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Russell Arnold 7. Danny Morrison 8. Andre Nel

  • mike of cnbra on December 27, 2008, 22:23 GMT

    Dear cricinfo. In your "All today's yesterdays" column dated 27 Dec, you claim mallet's 8/59 v Pak as the best figures by a spinner in Australia. Arthur Mailey took 9/121 v Eng at Melbourne in 1921. How soon we forget.

  • Himadri on December 24, 2008, 9:28 GMT

    Finding the answers will help you learn how to use statsguru!!!!....:-)....

  • Rishi.A on December 24, 2008, 7:53 GMT

    SOLVED IT FINALLY, GOT STUCK ON 4TH(Allan Lamb) TILL AL FROM SIR DONALD BRADMAN GAVE A HINT

  • Wasi Acrim on December 24, 2008, 2:31 GMT

    The answer is Scott Muller.

  • Saqib on December 23, 2008, 13:15 GMT

    Woohoo finished it without reading the answers first :P

  • andrew schulz on December 23, 2008, 13:13 GMT

    Looks like there's not much point posting the answers after Christmas now.

  • santhosh on December 23, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid OE Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

    => SIR DONALD BRADMAN

  • Ankur Garg on December 23, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    The Answer is SIR DONALD BRADMAN The ans in order are Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid Otto Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

  • Ankur Garg on December 23, 2008, 8:14 GMT

    The Answer is SIR DONALD BRADMAN The ans in order are Shahid Israr Rahul Dravid Otto Nothling Allan Lamb Dwayne Bravo Russel Arnold Danny Morrison Andre Nel

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2008, 8:09 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr 2. Rahul Dravid 3. Otto Nothling 4. Javed Miandad 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Russell Arnold 7. Danny Morrison 8. Andre Nel

  • Kishan Karkal on December 23, 2008, 7:42 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr, Pakistan 2. Rahul Dravid, India 3. Otto Nothling, Australia 4. Alan Lamb, England 5. Dwayne Bravo, West Indies 6. Russel Arnold, Sri Lanka 7. Danny Morrison, New Zealand 8. Andre Nel, South Afric

    SIR DONALD BRADMAN

  • Ashok Subbarama on December 23, 2008, 6:58 GMT

    Merry Holidays to you too!

    Here are my answers.

    1) Shahid Israr - SI 2) Rahul Dravid - RD 3) Otto Nothling - ON 4) Allan Lamb - AL 5) Dwayne Bravo - DB 6) Russell Arnold - RA 7) Danny Morrison - DM 8) Andre Nel - AN (baddd german)

    And the main answer is Sir Donald Bradman.

    Cheers!

  • KV on December 23, 2008, 6:52 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr (Pakistan) 2. Rahul Dravid (India) 3. Otto Nothling (Australia) 4. Alan Lamb (England) 5. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) 6. Russel Arnold (Srilanka) 7. Danny Morrison (New Zealand) 8. Andre Nel (South Africa)

    Player is Sir Donald Bradman. Now I know how to use statsguru.

  • Ashok Subbarama on December 23, 2008, 6:52 GMT

    Merry Holidays to you too!

    Here are my answers.

    1) Shahid Israr - SI 2) Rahul Dravid - RD 3) Otto Nothling - ON 4) Allan Lamb - AL 5) Dwayne Bravo - DB 6) Russell Arnold - RA 7) Danny Morrison - DM 8) Andre Nel - AN (baddd german)

    And the main answer is Sir Donald Bradman.

    Cheers!

  • Chiru on December 23, 2008, 6:51 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr 2. Rahul Dravid 3. Otto Nothling 4. Javed Miandad 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Russell Arnold 7. Danny Morrison 8. Andre Nel

  • Chiru on December 23, 2008, 6:51 GMT

    1. Shahid Israr 2. Rahul Dravid 3. Otto Nothling 4. Javed Miandad 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Russell Arnold 7. Danny Morrison 8. Andre Nel

  • Suhrith and Akshay on December 23, 2008, 6:49 GMT

    Answers 1. Shahid Israr of Pakistan 2. Rahul Dravid of India 3. Otto Nothling of Australia 4. Allan Lamb of England 5. Dwayne Bravo of West Indies 6. Russel Arnold of Sri Lanka 7. Danny Morrison of New Zealand 8. Andre Nel of South Africe

    The main answer is Sir Donald Bradman

  • Ashok Subbarama on December 23, 2008, 6:49 GMT

    Merry Holidays to you too!

    Here are my answers.

    1) Shahid Israr - SI 2) Rahul Dravid - RD 3) Otto Nothling - ON 4) Allan Lamb - AL 5) Dwayne Bravo - DB 6) Russell Arnold - RA 7) Danny Morrison - DM 8) Andre Nel - AN (baddd german)

    And the main answer is Sir Donald Bradman.

    Cheers!

  • Sriraj on December 23, 2008, 6:46 GMT

    the main answer - sir donald bradman

    1) Shahid Israr 2) Rahul Dravid 3) Otto Nothling 4) Allan Lamb 5) Dwayne Bravo 6) Russel Arnold 7) Daniel Morrison 8) Andre Nel

    PS: thanks to statsguru!!

  • Suhrith and Akshay on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Answers 1. Shahid Israr of Pakistan 2. Rahul Dravid of India 3. Otto Nothling of Australia 4. Allan Lamb of England 5. Dwayne Bravo of West Indies 6. Russel Arnold of Sri Lanka 7. Danny Morrison of New Zealand 8. Andre Nel of South Africe

    The main answer is Sir Donald Bradman

  • Anand on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Great quiz ... more of this kind always welcome

  • Joe Vaszocz on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Question 3. Debuted 'before' OR 'after' the main answer??? Me thinks 'after'!

  • rishav on December 23, 2008, 6:20 GMT

    sir donald bradman

  • Sudheesh Surendran on December 23, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    The main Answer is: Sir Donald Bradman The Answers 1. Shahid Israr (Pakistan) 2. Rahul Dravid (India) 3. OE Nothing (Australia) 4. Allan Lamb (England) 5. Dwayne Bravo(West Indies) 6. Russel Arnold (Sri lanka) 7. Danny Morrison (NewZealand) 8. Andre Nel (South Africa)

  • Shirish Shetty on December 23, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    SI RD ON AL DB RA DM AN

  • Shams on December 23, 2008, 6:06 GMT

    Here are my answers: 1) Shahid Israr (Pak) 2) Rahul Dravid (Ind) 3) Ron Oxenham/Ted a'Beckett (Aus) 4) Allan Lamb (Eng) 5) Dwayne Bravo (WI) 6) Russel Arnold (SL) 7) Danny Morrison (NZ) 8) Andre Nel (SA)

  • Sumant on December 23, 2008, 6:00 GMT

    1 Shahid Israr 2.Rahul Dravid 3.Otto Nothling 4.Allan Lamb 5 Dwayne Bravo 6 Russel Arnold 7 Danny Morrison 8 Andre Nel

    Main Answer: Sir Donald Bradman

  • Dibesh on December 23, 2008, 5:57 GMT

    The quiz is too vague and specific at the same time to answer

  • SANGAMESH on December 23, 2008, 5:40 GMT

    WISH YOU HAPPY CHRITSMAS ALL OF INDIANS

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  • SANGAMESH on December 23, 2008, 5:40 GMT

    WISH YOU HAPPY CHRITSMAS ALL OF INDIANS

  • Dibesh on December 23, 2008, 5:57 GMT

    The quiz is too vague and specific at the same time to answer

  • Sumant on December 23, 2008, 6:00 GMT

    1 Shahid Israr 2.Rahul Dravid 3.Otto Nothling 4.Allan Lamb 5 Dwayne Bravo 6 Russel Arnold 7 Danny Morrison 8 Andre Nel

    Main Answer: Sir Donald Bradman

  • Shams on December 23, 2008, 6:06 GMT

    Here are my answers: 1) Shahid Israr (Pak) 2) Rahul Dravid (Ind) 3) Ron Oxenham/Ted a'Beckett (Aus) 4) Allan Lamb (Eng) 5) Dwayne Bravo (WI) 6) Russel Arnold (SL) 7) Danny Morrison (NZ) 8) Andre Nel (SA)

  • Shirish Shetty on December 23, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    SI RD ON AL DB RA DM AN

  • Sudheesh Surendran on December 23, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    The main Answer is: Sir Donald Bradman The Answers 1. Shahid Israr (Pakistan) 2. Rahul Dravid (India) 3. OE Nothing (Australia) 4. Allan Lamb (England) 5. Dwayne Bravo(West Indies) 6. Russel Arnold (Sri lanka) 7. Danny Morrison (NewZealand) 8. Andre Nel (South Africa)

  • rishav on December 23, 2008, 6:20 GMT

    sir donald bradman

  • Joe Vaszocz on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Question 3. Debuted 'before' OR 'after' the main answer??? Me thinks 'after'!

  • Anand on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Great quiz ... more of this kind always welcome

  • Suhrith and Akshay on December 23, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    Answers 1. Shahid Israr of Pakistan 2. Rahul Dravid of India 3. Otto Nothling of Australia 4. Allan Lamb of England 5. Dwayne Bravo of West Indies 6. Russel Arnold of Sri Lanka 7. Danny Morrison of New Zealand 8. Andre Nel of South Africe

    The main answer is Sir Donald Bradman