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Are Reece Topley's nine wickets across two consecutive ODIs a record?

And when was the last time a spinner took a ten-for in a Test in New Zealand?

Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
Waqar Younis dismisses Owais Shah, England vs Pakistan, NatWest Series, 7th ODI, Headingley, 17 June 2001

Waqar Younis took 7 for 36 against England and followed it up with 6 for 59 against Australia in 2001  •  Craig Prentis/Allsport/Getty Images

Reece Topley took nine wickets in the last two ODIs against India. Was this a record for England, or indeed any country? asked David Jackson from England
The tall left-armer Reece Topley followed 6 for 24 at Lord's - England's best figures in ODIs - with 3 for 35 at Old Trafford.
Topley was only the third Englishman to collect nine wickets in two consecutive ODIs, following Steve Harmison, who took 4 for 39 against Bangladesh at The Oval and 5 for 33 vs Australia at Bristol in May 2005, and Chris Woakes (4 for 67 at Bristol and 5 for 54 at Headingley against Pakistan in June 2019).
The overall record is 13, by Pakistan's Waqar Younis, who followed 7 for 36 against England at Headingley in June 2001 with 6 for 59 against Australia at Trent Bridge two days later. Five men have managed 11 wickets across two successive matches: Gary Gilmour (Australia) in the 1975 World Cup semi and final; Azhar Mahmood (Pakistan); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan); Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan); and Mustafizur Rahman in his first two matches for Bangladesh in 2015.
I saw that Matthew Wade played again in this year's IPL, nearly 11 years after his last appearances. Was this a record? asked Narail Singh from India
The Australian wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade played three matches for Delhi Daredevils in 2011, then did not feature again in the IPL until this year, when he played for Gujarat Titans, the eventual champions. This gap of nearly 11 years is indeed a record for the IPL, beating the previous mark by nearly three years. That was set by Colin Ingram of South Africa, who did not appear between 2011 and 2019.
Another Australian, seamer Sean Abbott, had a gap of more than seven years between two appearances for Royal Challengers Bangalore in April 2015 and another for Sunrisers Hyderabad in May 2022, while the New Zealander Jimmy Neesham did not feature between May 2014 and September 2020. The leading Indian on this list is the Bengal wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami, with just under six years between May 2012 (for Rajasthan Royals) and May 2018 (Sunrisers).
Reece Topley's three distinguished wickets at Old Trafford amounted to around 28,000 ODI runs - was this a record? asked Michael Donovan from England
Reece Topley's 3 for 35 at Old Trafford was made up of Shikhar Dhawan (6324 ODI runs before the match), Rohit Sharma (9359) and Virat Kohli (12,327) - a grand total of 28,010. ESPNcricinfo's nimble number-cruncher Shiva Jayaraman tells me this is the 12th-highest aggregate for any trio of wickets in an ODI innings.
Top of the list is an unexpected name: when the Scotland seamer Josh Davey winkled out three Sri Lankans in a World Cup match in Hobart in March 2015, his victims were Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who had a grand total of 36,401 runs at the time. Next comes the Jamaican seamer Daren Powell, whose 4 for 27 for West Indies against India in Cuttack in 2006-07 included Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who had 34,605 ODI runs between them then.
Both Dan Vettori and Muthiah Muralidaran took ten-fors at the Basin Reserve in 2006-07. Was this the last time a spinner took ten in a Test in New Zealand? asked Callum Wakefield from New Zealand
The match you're talking about was the second Test in Wellington in December 2006. Daniel Vettori took 10 for 183 in the match for New Zealand, but Muthiah Muralidaran's 10 for 118 helped Sri Lanka win by 217 runs.
These were indeed the last ten-fors by spinners in a Test in New Zealand; there had previously been only eight others, including another by Vettori (12 for 149 against Australia in Auckland in March 2000). By contrast, there have been 18 ten-fors by seamers in Tests in New Zealand.
What's the highest IPL total without an individual half-century? asked Sukhinder Varma from India
This record changed hands during the 2022 season, when Punjab Kings made 208 for 5 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai on March 27; their top scorers were Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who both made 43. They exceeded Kolkata Knight Riders' 206 for 5 (Andre Russell 48 not out) against RCB in Bengaluru in 2019.
Delhi Capitals also beat the old mark in 2022, with 207 for 8 (Rishabh Pant 44) against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai in May. The only other IPL total of 200 or more without an individual half-century is Mumbai Indians' 202 for 7 (Abhishek Nayar 45 not out) against CSK in Chennai in 2008.
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