April 8, 2014

Ducks, stumpings, and hundreds across formats

Ducks inflicted and collected, highest percentage of team runs, and big hauls in all three formats

Who has inflicted the most ducks in Tests, and one-day internationals? asked Mark Lawrence from Australia
The chief duck-hunter in Tests is Glenn McGrath, who dismissed 104 batsmen without scoring during his 124-match career. Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne are also in three figures - both inflicted 102 ducks; Wasim Akram and Courtney Walsh come next with 79. Akram, though, is the clear leader in one-day internationals: he removed 110 batsmen for nought, well clear of Chaminda Vaas (76), Waqar Younis (72), McGrath (71) and Brett Lee (70). The current leader in Twenty20 internationals is Umar Gul with 17.

Who has collected the most ducks in a Test series? asked Richard Dennis from England
Leading the way here is Alan Hurst, the former Australian fast bowler who was later an ICC referee. Hurst bagged six ducks in the 1978-79 Ashes series Down Under, helped (if that's the right word) by the fact it was a six-Test series. Hurst's horror series with the bat included two pairs - and he bagged another one in his next Test, against Pakistan in Melbourne a month later. Nine others have collected five ducks in a series, most of them bowlers: but Mohinder Amarnath, very much a batsman, managed only one run in six innings, to go with five noughts, at home to West Indies in 1983-84. Another Indian, the bespectacled opener Pankaj Roy, had five zeroes in four Tests in England in 1952. Two players bagged four ducks in the 1994-95 Ashes series: Glenn McGrath of Australia (in five Tests) and England's Alan Mullally (in four). The others to have made five ducks in a series are Pramodya Wickremasinghe (three Tests for Sri Lanka v Pakistan in 1999-2000), Ajit Agarkar (three Tests for India v Australia in 1999-2000), Wayne Clark (four Tests for Australia v West Indies in 1977-78) and, in five Tests, Neil Adcock (South Africa v Australia in 1957-58) and Dick Motz (New Zealand v South Africa in 1961-62). For the full list, click here.

Kane Williamson scored 70% of New Zealand's total in a game in the World Twenty20. Was this a record for any international? asked Steve Austin from Australia
Kane Williamson made 42 in New Zealand's disappointing total of 60 - the lowest by a Test-playing nation in T20 internationals - against Sri Lanka in Chittagong during the World Twenty20 in March. Williamson's 70% was a record in a completed innings (all-out or full allocation of overs used) in the format, beating 65.69% by David Warner, who made 90 not out in Australia's 137 for 3 against Sri Lanka in Sydney in January 2013. For the full list, click here. The best is one-day internationals is 69.48%, by Viv Richards, in his 189 not out in West Indies' 272 for 9 against England at Old Trafford in 1984. The Test record was set in the first match of all, in Melbourne in 1876-77, when Australia's Charles Bannerman made 165 (retired hurt) out of 245, which is 67.34%. So Williamson's innings was indeed the biggest percentage in any international match.

Denesh Ramdin made four stumpings in an innings during the World Twenty20. Was this a record for all internationals? asked Birud Sindhav from the United States
The four stumpings by the West Indian wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin against Pakistan in Mirpur recently equalled the record for T20 internationals, set by Kamran Akmal for Pakistan against Netherlands at Lord's in June 2009. There are also two instances of four stumpings in an innings in a Test, by Australia's Bert Oldfield against England in Melbourne in 1924-25, and Khokan Sen for India against England in Madras (now Chennai) in 1951-52. But the overall record is five stumpings in an innings, by India's Kiran More in the fourth Test against West Indies in Chennai in 1987-88. More made six stumpings in the match (another record), which was notable for legspinner Narendra Hirwani taking eight wickets in each innings on his Test debut.

Ahmed Shehzad's century in the World Twenty20 meant he has scored hundreds in all three international formats. How many other people have done this? asked Kshitij Garg from India
With his 111 not out against Bangladesh in Mirpur during the World Twenty20, Ahmed Shehzad became only the 11th batsman to score a century in a T20 international. Six of the other centurions also have a complete set: Mahela Jayawardene leads the way, as his 50 international hundreds include 33 in Tests, 16 in one-dayers, and one in a T20. Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina have also reached three figures in all three formats. McCullum, who passed 2000 runs in T20 internationals during the tournament in Bangladesh, is the only man to have scored two hundreds in the format.

Which bowlers have taken five wickets in an innings in all three formats of international cricket? asked Savo Ceprnich from South Africa
Here's the companion question to the one above! The answer is that only four bowlers so far have taken a five-for in all three formats: Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka, Tim Southee of New Zealand, and Umar Gul of Pakistan. Probably Mendis should take pride of place, as he's taken six wickets in an innings in all three, including 6 for 8 (against Zimbabwe in Hambantota in September 2012) and 6 for 16 (v Australia in Pallekele in August 2011), the two best analyses in T20 internationals.

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