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Has anyone scored more runs in T20Is in a calendar year than Suryakumar Yadav?

And is Rilee Rossouw the only batter to score consecutive T20I hundreds?

Steven Lynch
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Mohammad Rizwan scored 1326 runs in 2021, and has 924 runs this year in T20Is already  •  ICC/Getty Images

Mohammad Rizwan scored 1326 runs in 2021, and has 924 runs this year in T20Is already  •  ICC/Getty Images

I heard on the commentary that Suryakumar Yadav has scored more than a thousand runs in T20Is this year. Is this the record? asked Vinod Ganesh from India
It's true that Suryakumar Yadav, one of the standout performers of this year's World Cup, went past 1000 runs in 2022 during his unbeaten 61 in the last group game, against Zimbabwe in Melbourne.
After that, Suryakumar's tally for the year stood at 1026. The only man to have scored more in a calendar year in T20Is is Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan, who amassed 1326 in 2021. Rizwan is close behind this year as well: by the end of the World Cup group stage, he had scored 924 runs in 2022.
I know about the highest scores on Test debut. But who has made the highest score in his second Test match? asked Bill Atkins from Australia
Seven men have made double-centuries on Test debut, but - rather surprisingly perhaps - only two men have reached 200 in their second match. Pride of place goes to Zaheer Abbas, who made a sublime 274 in his second Test for Pakistan, against England at Edgbaston in 1971. Three years later, David "Bumble" Lloyd of England made 214 not out in his second Test, against India, also at Edgbaston. It was the first of Zaheer's 12 Test centuries, but Lloyd's only one.
Wajahatullah Wasti of Pakistan (against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1998-99) and Australia's Phillip Hughes (against South Africa in Durban in 2008-09) both scored two centuries in their second Test match.
Australia's elimination meant the host nation has still never won the T20 World Cup. Has anyone even reached the final at home? asked Bryce Cunningham from Australia
The current tournament is the eighth edition of the men's T20 World Cup, and you're right in saying that no host nation has ever won it. The best performance by the hosts came in 2012, when Sri Lanka got to the final at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, but lost to West Indies. India reached the semi-finals in 2016, but also lost to eventual champions West Indies, in Mumbai.
It's a different story for the women: England won at home in 2009, beating New Zealand in the final at Lord's, and Australia followed suit in 2020, overpowering India in the final in Melbourne.
Is Rilee Rossouw the only batter to score two consecutive hundreds in T20Is? asked Muhammad Riaz via Facebook
The South African Rilee Rossouw scored 100 not out against India in Indore in October, and in his next visit to the crease hit 109 against Bangladesh in Sydney during the T20 World Cup. He did play one match in between, against Zimbabwe in Hobart, but didn't bat in that game.
Only one other man has scored successive T20 hundreds. He did so earlier this year, but you might have missed it at the time: teenager Gus McKeon made his debut for France in a World Cup qualifier in Finland in July, and scored 109 against Switzerland in Vantaa in his second match, and 101 against Norway in Kerava in the third. Gus, who turned 19 last month, lives in Western Australia and has played club cricket in Perth.
No one has yet done this in women's T20Is. New Zealand's Sophie Devine hit six successive scores of 50 or more in 2019 and 2020, including a century against South Africa in Wellington. McKeon shares the men's record of four with five other players
Who holds the record for bowling the most overs in a single Test series? asked James Emerson from England
The leader here is the much-missed Australian legspinner Shane Warne, who sent down no fewer than 439.5 overs (2639 balls) during the 1993 Ashes series in England. That was a six-Test series: the records for a five- and four-Test series are both held by the same man, the West Indian slow left-armer Alf Valentine. He sent down 430 overs (2580 balls) during the five-match home rubber against India in 1952-53, and 422.3 (2535 balls) during the four Tests of his debut series in England in 1950.
The record for a three-Test rubber is 236 overs (1416 balls), by Muthiah Muralidaran in Sri Lanka's home series against England in 2000-01. The West Indian offspinner Lance Gibbs sent down 1538 balls in 192.2 eight-ball overs - the equivalent of 256.2 of six balls - in Australia in 1960-61, but he played in only three of the five Tests.
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Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes