That Mitchell Starc double at Old Trafford last week - he dismissed Jason Roy and Joe Root - was the fourth time the first two balls of an innings have produced wickets in one-day internationals.
That double by Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell during the entertaining final ODI of the English season at Old Trafford last week turns out to be the second time this has happened in official one-day internationals. The other occasion was an unusual one, during the Afro-Asia Cup in Chennai in June 2007. The Asian XI were struggling at 72 for 5 before No. 6 Mahela Jayawardene was joined by MS Dhoni - but they both scored centuries, and put on 218. The eventual total of 331 proved just too steep for the Africa XI.
The Central Districts wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver achieved this remarkable double - 201, eight catches and a stumping - against Northern Districts in Napier in February 2020. No wicketkeeper has ever scored more than 200 in a match (even counting both innings) and made ten dismissals - but, remarkably, a non-keeper has. Playing for Gloucestershire against Surrey in Cheltenham in 1928, Wally Hammond made 139 and 143, and also took ten catches, eight of them off slow left-armer Charlie Parker.
England set the record for the most sixes in a one-day international innings during last year's World Cup, when they crashed 25 against Afghanistan at Old Trafford. That included 17 by Eoin Morgan, the individual record. England held the previous best, too - four months earlier, in February 2019, they had clobbered 24 sixes against West Indies in Grenada - which broke the week-old record of 23, set by West Indies in Bridgetown, in a match they still lost.
Ian Bell, who has just retired from first-class cricket at the age of 38, took 100 catches in his 118 Tests. He is indeed the only man to stick on exactly 100, although South Africa's Jacques Kallis took 200, four of them for the World XI. David Boon took 99 for Australia. Two wicketkeepers also took 99 catches - Nayan Mongia of India, and Junior Murray of West Indies. Mongia also made eight stumpings, and Murray three. One of Murray's catches came in the field.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes