After Jack Hobbs became the oldest to score a Test century, in Australia in 1928-29, he wrote that a famous actress kissed him at a party afterwards. Who was this actress? asked Pushkar Pushp from India
This incident followed Jack Hobbs
' 142 in the fifth Test in Melbourne
in March 1929. At 46 years 82 days, Hobbs was the oldest man to score a Test century
, a record he is likely to retain for ever.
In his 1935 book My Life Story, Hobbs tells the tale of what happened next. "My 142 had a very jolly sequel in the evening of the day it was scored. My diary says: 'When I walked into the hotel dining-room, the orchestra struck up "See the Conquering Hero Comes", and followed by playing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". The guests at the tables rose up and joined in.' One of those guests was a famous English actress; she came right across the room and gave me a kiss! It was most embarrassing. I will not give her name away."
Hobbs might have been too gallant to spill the beans, but the press was less reticent. The New South Wales paper the Newcastle Sun
ran the headline "Jack Hobbs blushed", and named the lady as Margaret Bannerman (no relation to the old Australian batters Charles and Alec, as far as I can tell!) She was actually Canadian, although she had a long career in London theatre, and also appeared in several silent films. Margaret was born in Toronto in December 1896, so was 32 when she surprised Hobbs; she died in the United States in 1976. For the newspaper story, click here
Imam-ul-Haq just scored his first two centuries in the same Test. How many people have done this? asked Damith Sampath from Sri Lanka
That double of 157 and 111 not out by Imam-ul-Haq
for Pakistan against Australia in Rawalpindi
recently made him the 12th man to score his first two centuries in the same Test. That includes the two who did it on debut - Lawrence Rowe
for West Indies vs New Zealand in Kingston
in 1971-72, and Yasir Hameed
for Pakistan vs Bangladesh in Karachi
In between, the feat was also achieved by India's Vijay Hazare (against Australia in Adelaide
in 1947-48), Jack Moroney of Australia (vs South Africa in Johannesburg
in 1949-50), New Zealand's Geoff Howarth (vs England in Auckland
in 1977-78), Duleep Mendis of Sri Lanka (vs India in Madras
in 1982-83), Pakistan's Wajahatullah Wasti (vs Sri Lanka in Lahore
in 1998-99), Phillip Hughes of Australia (vs South Africa in Durban
in 2008-09) and the New Zealander Peter Fulton (vs England in Auckland
Imam will be hoping that, unlike Wasti and Hameed - the others to achieve the feat for Pakistan - he manages to reach three figures again in Tests. Of the rest, Moroney, Fulton and Hope (to date) never scored another Test century either.
In the first Test at Rawalpindi, Pakistan's openers put on 252 without being separated. Was this the highest unbroken first-wicket stand in Tests? asked K Lokaraj from India
, who made his own maiden century, and Imam-ul-Haq put on 252 in the second innings of the first Test against Australia in Rawalpindi. That was indeed the highest unbeaten opening stand in Tests
- just: Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes added 250 without being separated for West Indies against Australia in Georgetown
The leading current bowler is India's Ravindra Jadeja
, whose economy rate of 2.42 an over puts him 12th at the moment.
Ravindra Jadeja scored 175 then took nine wickets against Sri Lanka recently. Has anyone bettered this in a Test match? asked Ankur Jamil from India
Three men have scored a century and taken ten or more wickets in the same Test. The first to do it was Ian Botham, with 114 and 13 for 106 for England against India in Bombay
(now Mumbai) in 1979-80. He was followed by Imran Khan, with 117 and 11 for 180 for Pakistan vs India in Faisalabad
in 1982-83, and Shakib Al Hasan, with 137 and 10 for 124 for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in Khulna
Before Jadeja did it recently against Sri Lanka in Mohali
, three others had paired a century with nine wickets
in the same Test. Jimmy Sinclair made 106 (South Africa's first Test century) and took 9 for 89 against England in Cape Town
in 1898-99; Richie Benaud paired 100 with 9 for 154 for Australia against South Africa in Johannesburg
in 1957-58; and Jadeja's India team-mate R Ashwin scored 103 and took 9 for 190 against West Indies in Mumbai
in 2011-12. Of these, Jadeja's 175 not out is the highest score involved.
Shiva Jayaraman of ESPNcricinfo's stats team helped with some of this week's answers.