How many team-mates did Tendulkar have? And how many opponents?

Graham Gooch had 113 team-mates in Test cricket: the record Chris Cole / © Getty Images

How many Test team-mates has James Anderson had? Is it a record number? asked Andy White from England
During his Test career, which has now stretched over 15 years, James Anderson has had 85 different team-mates. There have been 22 players who have taken the field with more, no fewer than 15 of them for England: John Emburey (86), Geoff Boycott and Mike Gatting (87), Godfrey Evans (88), Michael Atherton and David Gower (91), Jack Hobbs (93), Wilfred Rhodes (96), Denis Compton (96), Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart (97), Len Hutton (98), Wally Hammond (106), Frank Woolley (111, in only 64 matches) and the overall leader Graham Gooch, who played alongside 113 different men. Sachin Tendulkar lies third, with 110 team-mates: Shivnarine Chanderpaul had 105, Rahul Dravid 93, Younis Khan 92, Inzamam-ul-Haq 91, Brian Lara 90, and Daniel Vettori 86.

Anderson has faced 329 different opponents so far, which is a record for England (next is Alastair Cook with 320). Sachin Tendulkar leads the way overall, having faced 492 different opponents; Shiv Chanderpaul came up against 426, Jacques Kallis 417, Muttiah Muralitharan 415 and Mahela Jayawardene 404. Anderson lies 21st on this particular list.

The top five batsmen reached double figures in all four innings of the third Test between England and India. Was this a first? asked Beezy from New Zealand
That's a good spot, because that match, at Trent Bridge last month, provided the very first instance of the top five batsmen reaching double figures in all four innings of a Test. There had been ten previous cases of 19, most recently by Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong in 2013-14 (Tamim Iqbal was the man to miss out, with a second-ball duck in the first innings).

The first of those 19 instances came in the final Test of the 1928-29 Ashes series, in Melbourne, when Douglas Jardine fell first ball in England's second innings. For the full list, click here.

Rishabh Pant hit his second ball in Test cricket for six - has anyone bettered this start? asked Moussa Aftab from India
Rishabh Pant struck his second ball in a Test - from Adil Rashid - for six in the third Test, at Trent Bridge. Pant was the 12th player known to have got off the mark in Tests with a six, but the first from India. Eric Freeman of Australia also hit his second ball for six, off the Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna in Brisbane in 1967-68. But one man went one better: the New Zealand offspinner Mark Craig hit the first ball he received in a Test - from Sulieman Benn of West Indies - for six in Kingston in 2014.

Pant went from one extreme to the other in the next Test, in Southampton, where his 29-ball duck in the first innings equalled the longest-known scoreless innings for India: Irfan Pathan also made 0 in 29 balls against Pakistan in Bangalore in 2004-05, as did Suresh Raina against England at The Oval in 2011. Pankaj Roy made a 38-minute duck against Pakistan in Dacca (now Dhaka) in 1954-55, but the number of balls he faced is not known.

In a recent Championship game Moeen Ali scored a double-century and took six wickets. How often has this happened? asked John Ridyard from England
Moeen Ali followed 219 for Worcestershire in Scarborough last month with 6 for 49 as Yorkshire tumbled to a heavy defeat. This was only the eighth such performance in the County Championship, and the first since 1946, when Bill Edrich coupled an unbeaten 222 with 7 for 69 for Middlesex at Northampton.

The first such instance was also for Middlesex, in 1899, when Cyril Wells made 224 and took 6 for 61 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. The number excludes WG Grace's command performance - 221 not out, 6 for 45 and 5 for 75 - for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Clifton in 1885, five years before the Championship was formally constituted.

This feat has never been achieved in a Test, but two men have managed a five-for and a double-century: Denis Atkinson of West Indies (against Australia in Bridgetown in 1954-55) and Pakistan's Mushtaq Mohammad (v New Zealand in Dunedin in 1972-73).

Virat Kohli scored exactly 200 runs in the first and third Tests of the current series. Has anyone else ever done this? asked Vinod Nair from India
There have now been 29 instances of a batsman scoring exactly 200 runs in a Test. Virat Kohli has done it three times - in addition to the first and third matches of this series, at Edgbaston and at Trent Bridge, he also scored 200 (in India's only innings) against West Indies in North Sound (Antigua) in July 2016.

The only other man to total exactly 200 more than once is Kumar Sangakkara, against Bangladesh in Colombo in 2007 (he made 200 not out in Sri Lanka's only innings) and against Pakistan in Galle in 2012, when he scored 199 not out and 1. Kohli is therefore the first to do it twice in the same series.

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