Ask Steven April 9, 2007

The forgotten Waughs, and the most awards

The regular Monday column in which Steven Lynch answers your questions about (almost) any aspect of cricket:

The two more famous Waugh siblings enjoyed much cricket, and made life harder on a third © Getty Images

Is it true that Steve and Mark Waugh had another brother who played first-class cricket? asked Suraj Prakash from Australia

Yes, it's true: the Waugh twins' younger brother Dean played one first-class match for New South Wales in 1995-96 (sadly, not alongside his more famous siblings), and five one-day games for NSW and South Australia. He is three years younger than the twins, and Steve wrote in his autobiography: "He was inevitably compared with Mark and me, and the sometimes harsh comments from observers could make his life difficult." There is also a fourth Waugh brother - Danny, who was born seven years after Dean.

Who has won the most Man of the Match awards in Tests? asked Jamie Woodroffe from Cheltenham

There are currently three players who have won 17 Man of the Match awards in Tests. Two of them have now retired - Shane Warne and Wasim Akram - but Jacques Kallis is still around, and could go top of the list soon. And watch out for Muttiah Muralitharan, who has won 16 so far. For a full list, click here. I should make the point that presenting Man of the Match awards in Tests only became common practice in the 1980s. Don Bradman and Garry Sobers, for example, would doubtless have picked up several awards if they had been around when they were playing.

Who is the oldest man to score a century in an ODI? And in the World Cup? asked Adrian Wilcox from Chelmsford

The oldest man to score a century in a one-day international is England's Geoff Boycott, who was 51 days past his 39th birthday when he hit 105 against Australia at Sydney in the first season of Australia's three-way one-day tournament in 1979-80. Neatly, the second man on the overall list was the oldest to score a hundred in the World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar, who was 38 years and 113 days old when he made 103 not out against New Zealand at Nagpur in 1987-88. It was Gavaskar's first one-day international hundred, in the 107th of his 108 such matches. For a full list of the oldest players to score ODI centuries, click here.

What happened to the Indian Test cricketer and Davis Cup tennis player Cotar Ramaswami, who was very popular on the radio in Madras (now Chennai)? Has anyone else played Davis Cup tennis as well as Test cricket? asked Rohan Dravid from India

Cotar Ramaswami, who played two Tests for India in 1936 after appearing in the Davis Cup in the 1920s, left his home in Madras in 1985, and has never been seen since. He was 89 at the time, and had said he did not want to be a burden to his family, so he is now listed as "presumed dead" in Wisden and elsewhere, although his body has never been found. If he were still alive, he would now be almost 111. The only other Test cricketer who played in the Davis Cup was Ralph Legall, the former West Indian wicketkeeper. By coincidence, Ramaswami was India's tour manager when Legall won his four Test caps, at home in 1952-53. And in a further coincidence, there is mystery surrounding Legall's death too: he is variously reported to have passed away in Toronto, New York state or Trinidad, in 2003. So if there's anyone out there who knows about Ralph Legall (or Cotar Ramaswami), please let me know so the records can be completed. It's worth noting that Aasif Karim, Kenya's captain in the 1999 World Cup, also played Davis Cup tennis for his country.

Wilfred Rhodes: on the field for close to 31 years © Getty Images

Is it true that Imran Khan has the longest international cricket career? If it's not true then who does? asked Syed Muhammad Waqar from the United States

Imran Khan played his first Test for Pakistan in 1971, and his final one-day international for Pakistan in the 1991-92 World Cup final, a span of more than 20 years. But the longest international career of all belongs to the England allrounder Wilfred Rhodes, who played his first Test in June 1899 and his last in April 1930, a span of almost 31 years. The possessor of the oddest Test career is probably John Traicos, who had a gap of 22 years between his third Test (for South Africa in 1969-70) and his fourth (for Zimbabwe in 1992-93).

Did Shaun Pollock take four wickets in four balls on his county debut for Warwickshire? asked Rohit from the United States

Yes, South Africa's Shaun Pollock did indeed make a sensational debut for Warwickshire in 1996. In his first match for them, in the Benson & Hedges Cup at Edgbaston, he took four wickets in four balls as Leicestershire crumpled to 9 for 5. He finished with 6 for 21 (and, not surprisingly, the Man of the Match award) as Warwickshire won by seven wickets.

And finally there's an update on last week's question about England players born in Liverpool, from Darren Barfoot

"Neil MacRae, who played a couple of ODIs for Scotland in 2006, was born in Liverpool, as was Tommy Routledge, who played four Tests for South Africa in the 1890s. Among other England players Reggie Spooner, who was born on Merseyside, won ten Test caps and also captained Liverpool at rugby, while Jack Sharp was born in Wavertree and Sandford Schultz in Birkenhead. Although they might not be from Liverpool I think they deserve an honourable mention. The Australian bowler Harry Donnan was born in Liverpool, New South Wales. Also what about the Rev. David Sheppard [later the Bishop of Liverpool] as an honorary Scouser?"

Steven Lynch is the deputy editor of The Wisden Group. If you want to Ask Steven a question, use our feedback form. The most interesting questions will be answered here each week. Unfortunately, we can't usually enter into correspondence about individual queries.