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Triples trivia, and ducks in large totals

Also, openers who have scored centuries in the same Test innings, most lbws in an innings, and lowest T20 totals not featuring ducks

Steven Lynch

February 11, 2014

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Eddie Paynter: had a long stint in the pavilion after being dismissed for a duck in England's 903 for 7 against Australia at The Oval in 1938 © PA Photos
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Kumar Sangakkara made a triple-century and a hundred at Chittagong - and reached 300 and 100 with sixes. Has this ever happened before? asked Azweer from India
The only man before Kumar Sangakkara in Chittagong to follow a triple-century with a single one in the same Test - or indeed first-class - match is Graham Gooch, who scored 333 and 123 for England against India at Lord's in 1990. But Gooch didn't reach 300 with a six - as far as I recall it was a leg-side nurdle off Ravi Shastri that took him to the landmark. Gooch's 456 runs remains a record for a single Test: Sangakkara (424) is now third on that particular list, also behind Australia's Mark Taylor, who made 426 (334 not out and 92) for Australia against Pakistan in Peshawar in 1998-99.

How many times have both openers scored a century in the same Test innings - and how often has it happened in ODIs? asked Clare Blackmore from England
There have been 66 instances of both openers scoring a century in the same innings in a Test, the most recent being by M Vijay (153) and Shikhar Dhawan (his debut 187) for India against Australia in Mohali in 2012-13. The first one was in the final Test of the 1899 Ashes series, at The Oval, when Stanley Jackson made 118 and Tom Hayward 137 for England. Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer achieved the feat no fewer than six times, and another Australian pair, Bill Lawry and Bon Simpson, on four occasions. Jack Hobbs/Herbert Sutcliffe, Gordon Greenidge/Desmond Haynes and Graeme Smith/Herschelle Gibbs all managed it three times. There have been 27 instances in one-day internationals, most recently by Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla for South Africa against India in Durban last December. The first one was by Geoff Marsh and David Boon for Australia against India in Jaipur in 1986-87. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar achieved the feat together on three occasions (and also both did it with Virender Sehwag), although the individual record-holder is Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga, who has been involved in five instances with three different partners.

Was Sri Lanka's 587 against Bangladesh last week the lowest Test total to include a triple-century? asked Dhanushka Edussuriya from Sri Lanka
Kumar Sangakkara's 319 against Bangladesh in Chittagong last week was the 27th triple-century in Tests, and the third by a Sri Lankan, after Mahela Jayawardene's 374 and Sanath Jayasuriya's 340. There are six lower totals than Sri Lanka's 587 in Chittagong which also contained triples, although four of them involved innings that were declared. Lowest of all is Australia's 543 for 8 against England in Melbourne in 1965-66, when Bob Cowper made 307, the first triple-century in a Test in Australia. The two next-lowest were both by England against New Zealand: 546 for 4 at Headingley in 1965 (John Edrich 310 not out), and 548 for 7 in Auckland in 1932-33 (Wally Hammond 336 not out). Then come Australia's 566 against England at Headingley in 1930 (Don Bradman 334), West Indies' 580 for 9 against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2010-11 (Chris Gayle 333), and Australia's 584 against England at Headingley in 1934 (Bradman 304).

Six Sri Lankans were out lbw in their 587 at Chittagong. Was this a record for a Test innings? asked Jamie Stewart from Canada
That was the 20th time a Test innings had included six lbws - and oddly it had happened to Sri Lanka in Chittagong before, on their last visit in January 2009, when they ended up winning by 465 runs. But there have been two instances of seven lbws in the same innings: by Zimbabwe against England in Chester-le-Street in 2003 (five of them to the debutant Richard Johnson), and by New Zealand against Australia in Christchurch in 2004-05 (three apiece to Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne). For the full list, click here. The most lbws in a match is 20 - half the wickets to fall - in the match between West Indies and Pakistan in Providence in May 2011.

Although Sri Lanka made 730 at Mirpur, Suranga Lakmal was out for 0. Was this the highest Test innings to include a duck? asked Mohan Sharma from India
There have been 12 higher totals in Tests than Sri Lanka's 730 for 6 in Mirpur - and three of them have included ducks. The highest of all is England's 903 for 7 against Australia at The Oval in 1938, when Eddie Paynter was out for 0 (and Denis Compton for 1). In Kingston in 1954-55 Australia were 0 for 1 after Les Favell was out for a duck, but recovered reasonably well to make 758 for 8, with five individual centuries (a record, since equalled by Pakistan against Bangladesh in Multan in 2001). And there were actually two ducks - bagged by opener Wavell Hinds and wicketkeeper Courtney Browne - in West Indies' 747 against South Africa in St John's in 2004-05.

Was England's 111 at Sydney the lowest total in a completed Twenty20 international innings without a duck? asked Daryl Montuya from Bahrain
Actually there have been five lower all-out totals without a duck in Twenty20 internationals to date. The smallest of them is Sri Lanka's 87 against Australia in Bridgetown during the World Twenty20 in May 2010 - the lowest scores were a pair of 1s by Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis. England's 88 all out against West Indies at The Oval in 2011 also featured no ducks (although skipper Graeme Swann made 0 not out). The lowest score in Canada's 91 against Kenya in Belfast in August 2008 was Harvir Baidwan's 1 (the following day Kenya themselves struggled to 106 for 9, with no ducks, against Scotland). To complete the set, Kenya made 107 (lowest score 1 not out) against Ireland in Mombasa in 2011-12, while four men scored 2 in New Zealand's 110 all out against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge during the 2009 World Twenty20.

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013. Ask Steven is now on Facebook

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