Harris' record, and Haddin's near miss
In the fourth ODI against Pakistan the other day Ryan Harris took five wickets for the second match running. Has anyone ever done this before? asked Vineet from India
Ryan Harris did indeed follow his 5 for 43 against Pakistan in Adelaide with 5 for 19 in the next match in Perth. It turns out to be the eighth time that a bowler has managed successive five-fors in one-day internationals. The only previous Australian to do it was Gary Gilmour, with 6 for 14 in the semi-final and 5 for 48 in the final of the first World Cup in 1975. Five of those eight previous instances were achieved by Pakistan bowlers, two of them by Waqar Younis, who also holds the overall record with the only instance of three five-fors in a row, during November 1990. Harris achieved the feat in only his second and third matches, going one better than Gilmour (third and fourth). For the full list, click here.
I noticed that Brad Haddin went past 100 Test dismissals recently. Is he the quickest wicketkeeper to reach that mark, as he has only played a handful of Tests? asked Craig Nicholas from Australia
Brad Haddin made his 100th dismissal (Imran Farhat) during the recent third Test against Pakistan in Hobart. That was actually his 25th Test match, which places him joint fifth - with another Australian, Rod Marsh - on that particular list. The record is held by another of Haddin's illustrious predecessors, Adam Gilchrist, who reached 100 dismissals in just 22 Tests, one quicker than South Africa's Mark Boucher. Another Australian, Wally Grout, and the South African Dave Richardson got there in 24 Tests.
India won the second Test against Bangladesh by scoring two runs in their second innings, both of which were byes. Has this ever happened before? asked Danish Syed from Pakistan (and many others)
The only similar incident to the recent Test in Mirpur, when India reached their target of two courtesy of two byes, also involved India, although that time they were on the receiving end of the defeat. In Bridgetown in 1982-83 West Indies needed just one run to win in their second innings, and completed victory when the second delivery - from India's regular wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani - was a no-ball. There have been six other occasions when a team needed one run to win in the final innings, but all of those were concluded with runs off the bat.
What is the highest partnership in internationals by two left-handers? asked Kuldip from India
The biggest stand between two left-handers in Tests is 322, by Brian Lara and Jimmy Adams for West Indies' fifth wicket against Australia in Kingston in 1998-99. The one-day international record is almost as high: 286 (the third-highest stand in all ODIs), by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya for Sri Lanka against England at Headingley in 2006.
I saw an obituary of the Australian player Betty Wilson which claimed she was the first person - male or female - to score a hundred and take ten wickets in the same Test match. Is this true? asked Melinda Robinson from Melbourne
It is indeed. Betty Wilson, who died last month aged 88, scored exactly 100 against England at St Kilda in Melbourne in 1957-58, to follow up bowling figures of 7 for 7 in England's dismal first innings of 35 (replying to Australia's 38!). Wilson added 4 for 9 in the second innings to become the first person ever to complete this particular double in a Test. Since then only three more people have scored a century and taken ten wickets in the same Test: Ian Botham, with 114 and 13 wickets for England against India in Bombay in 1979-80, Imran Khan, with 117 and 11 wickets for Pakistan against India in Faisalabad in 1982-83 ... and the English woman Enid Bakewell, with 112 and ten wickets against West Indies at Edgbaston in 1979. The only other man to score 100 runs and take ten wickets in the same Test is Australia's Alan Davidson, who made 44 and 80 and claimed 11 for 222 in the tied Test against West Indies in Brisbane in 1960-61.
Tamim Iqbal scored 151 in the second innings against India after getting out for a duck in the first innings. Is this a record for the highest score in a match? asked Sandip from India
The instance by Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal in the recent match in Mirpur was the 133rd time a batsman had scored a century and a duck in the same match (for a full list, click here). Of those, the highest score by anyone who made their duck in the first innings is 231, by South Africa's Dudley Nourse in the second innings against Australia in Johannesburg in 1935-36. Four others have followed a first-innings double-century with a duck, and the highest among those is Ricky Ponting's 242 against India in Adelaide in 2003-04, which is also the highest score by anyone whose team ended up losing the match.