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Smith v Hafeez, and Warne's real bunny

Batsmen who fell to the same bowler in the most consecutive innings

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

May 25, 2011

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Devon Smith is trapped lbw by Mohammad Hafeez for 17, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, St Lucia, April 23, 2011
Devon Smith falls to Mohammad Hafeez, again © Getty Images
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When Mohammad Hafeez shared the new ball with Umar Gul against West Indies in Providence, it was one of those rare occasions that Pakistan did not begin with pace at both ends in the first innings of a Test. There was sound reason for it, though. Opening the batting for West Indies was Devon Smith, who is as clueless as they come against offspin. Hafeez had trapped Smith lbw in four consecutive ODIs before the Test series, and then dismissed him twice in Providence as well. Smith was dropped for the second Test, and so Hafeez did not have the opportunity to get him eight times in as many innings. This week's column features batsmen who fell to the same bowler in the most consecutive innings.

Ashwell Prince and Shane Warne
Former South African batsman Daryl Cullinan will always be remembered as Shane Warne's bunny, having been dismissed by the legspinner 12 times in 29 matches. That isn't so bad, when you look at the list of batsmen Warne dismissed most times. In that list is another South African, Ashwell Prince, whose struggles against Warne went rather unnoticed. He was dismissed by Warne 11 times in only nine matches. Eight of those dismissals were in consecutive Test innings against Australia, although the games were spread over two series. During Australia's tour of South Africa in 2002-03, Prince fell to Warne in his last three innings of the series. And when South Africa next played Australia, in 2005-06, Warne dismissed him in his first five innings of that tour. Prince never got stuck with the bunny tag, though, like Cullinan did.

Walter Read and Charlie Turner
Walter Read was an England batsman who played 18 Tests between 1883 and 1893. Charlie Turner was an Australian fast bowler who played 17 Tests between 1887 and 1895. They played eight matches against each other, and Turner dismissed Read eight times. It began in the timeless Test in Sydney in 1888, when Read was bowled twice by Turner. During the Ashes that followed in England, a three-Test contest, Read fell to Turner in all four innings, bowled three times and stumped once, making it six dismissals in a row. The sequence was broken when they met again, at Lord's in 1890, when Read was dismissed by JJ Ferris and Hugh Trumble. During the next Test at The Oval, though, Turner bowled Read in both innings again.

Being dismissed by the same bowler in the most consecutive innings - Tests
Player Bowler Mat Start Match Scorecard End Match Scorecard
AG Prince (SA) SK Warne (Aus) 8 Mar 8, 2002 Test 1593 Jan 2, 2006 Test 1780
DB Vengsarkar (India) Imran Khan (Pak) 7 Jan 15, 1980 Test 869 Jan 14, 1983 Test 946
K Srikkanth (India) Wasim Akram (Pak) 7 Mar 13, 1987 Test 1073 Dec 9, 1989 Test 1132
Waqar Younis (Pak) M Muralitharan (SL) 7 Mar 5, 2000 Test 1487 Mar 6, 2002 Test 1592
ML Hayden (Aus) M Ntini (SA) 7 Mar 16, 2006 Test 1789 Dec 17, 2008 Test 1899
WW Read (Eng) CTB Turner (Aus) 6 Feb 10, 1888 Test 27 Aug 30, 1888 Test 30
SM Gavaskar (India) IT Botham (Eng) 6 Aug 30, 1979 Test 854 Nov 27, 1981 Test 911
GRJ Matthews (Aus) RJ Hadlee (NZ) 6 Nov 8, 1985 Test 1029 Nov 30, 1985 Test 1031
CJ McDermott (Aus) BP Patterson (WI) 6 Dec 24, 1988 Test 1112 Apr 5, 1991 Test 1168
GA Hick (Eng) CEL Ambrose (WI) 6 Jun 6, 1991 Test 1171 Jul 25, 1991 Test 1174
PA de Silva (SL) A Kumble (India) 6 Jul 27, 1993 Test 1228 Jan 18, 1994 Test 1244
D Ganga (WI) SM Pollock (SA) 6 Dec 26, 1998 Test 1437 Jan 15, 1999 Test 1441
SK Warne (Aus) DL Vettori (NZ) 6 Nov 7, 1997 Test 1383 Mar 24, 2000 Test 1491
RT Ponting (Aus) D Gough (Eng) 6 Dec 11, 1998 Test 1434 Aug 2, 2001 Test 1554

Dilip Vengsarkar and Imran Khan
No bowler had surpassed Charlie Turner's feat of dismissing the same batsman in six consecutive Test innings until Imran Khan took out Dilip Vengsarkar seven times in succession between 1980 and 1983. In Chennai 1980, when India won by ten wickets to go 2-0 up in the six-Test series, Vengsarkar was caught off Imran's bowling for 17. He didn't play the next Test at Eden Gardens. When India toured Pakistan in 1982-83 for six more Tests, Imran got Vengraskar for 3, 0, 79, 6, 1 and 4 in the first six innings of the series. Vengsarkar ended Imran's hold on him with an unbeaten 58 in the second innings of the fourth Test, but Pakistan had already taken a 3-0 lead in the series. Imran dismissed Vengsarkar 12 times in all, ahead of Malcolm Marshall, who dismissed him 10 times.

Chandika Hathurusingha and Allan Donald
Allan Donald's seven successive dismissals of former Sri Lankan batsman Chandika Hathurusingha in Tests and ODIs combined is one of the longest such streaks. Hathurusingha played 10 innings against South Africa- five each in Tests and ODIs - primarily as an opener and Donald was his bugbear. He began Sri Lanka's home series in 1993 with 51 in the first ODI, before falling to Pat Symcox. Thereafter he was dismissed by Donald for 1, 9, 10, 2, 34, 0, 1 over three Tests and two one-dayers. Hathurusingha played South Africa only one more time, in 1998, when he batted in the middle order and was dismissed by Hansie Cronje.

Being dismissed by the same bowler in the most consecutive innings - All internationals
Player Bowler Mat Start Match Scorecard End Match Scorecard
AG Prince (SA) SK Warne (Aus) 8 Mar 8, 2002 Test 1593 Jan 2, 2006 Test 1780
RT Robinson (Eng) Abdul Qadir (Pak) 7 Aug 6, 1987 Test 1079 Dec 7, 1987 Test 1083
UC Hathurusingha (SL) AA Donald (SA) 7 Aug 25, 1993 Test 1232 Sep 14, 1993 Test 1234
WW Read (Eng) CTB Turner (Aus) 6 Feb 10, 1888 Test 27 Aug 30, 1888 Test 30
BA Edgar (NZ) RGD Willis (Eng) 6 Jun 9, 1983 ODI 197 Jul 28, 1983 Test 958
GRJ Matthews (Aus) RJ Hadlee (NZ) 6 Nov 8, 1985 Test 1029 Nov 30, 1985 Test 1031
K Srikkanth (India) Wasim Akram (Pak) 6 Nov 15, 1989 Test 1127 Dec 9, 1989 Test 1132
GA Hick (Eng) CEL Ambrose (WI) 6 Jun 6, 1991 Test 1171 Jul 25, 1991 Test 1174
D Ganga (WI) SM Pollock (SA) 6 Dec 26, 1998 Test 1437 Jan 15, 1999 Test 1441
ML Hayden (Aus) M Ntini (SA) 6 Mar 16, 2006 Test 1789 Mar 31, 2006 Test 1795
RT Ponting (Aus) SE Bond (NZ) 6 Jan 11, 2002 ODI 1783 Mar 11, 2003 ODI 1986
DS Smith (WI) Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 6 Mar 23, 2011 ODI 3142 May 12, 2011 Test 1992

Gary Kirsten and Dominic Cork
Gary Kirsten's six consecutive dismissals against Dominic Cork are the most for any batsman against a particular bowler in ODIs. The streak started in England in 1994, when Kirsten was dismissed by Cork in the final match of the Texaco trophy. And then when England visited South Africa in 1996 for a seven-ODI series, Cork got Kirsten in the first two games. Kirsten then missed the third but after he returned he fell to Cork in the next three matches as well. Kirsten scored only 160 runs in six innings but South Africa still won the series 6-1.

Being dismissed by the same bowler in the most consecutive innings - ODIs
Player Bowler Mat Start Match Scorecard End Match Scorecard
G Kirsten (SA) DG Cork (Eng) 6 Aug 27, 1994 ODI 920 Jan 19, 1996 ODI 1042
RT Ponting (Aus) SE Bond (NZ) 6 Jan 11, 2002 ODI 1783 Mar 11, 2003 ODI 1986
CJ McDermott (Aus) EJ Chatfield (NZ) 5 Oct 27, 1987 ODI 470 Jan 20, 1988 ODI 498
ST Jayasuriya (SL) D Gough (Eng) 5 Aug 16, 1998 ODI 1346 Jan 23, 1999 ODI 1391
SP Fleming (NZ) WPUJC Vaas (SL) 5 Jan 6, 2006 ODI 2311 Apr 12, 2007 ODI 2569
CO Obuya (Kenya) AG Cremer (Zim) 5 Jan 27, 2009 ODI 2805 Feb 4, 2009 ODI 2814

Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for Cricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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