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What is the highest Test total to include six or more ducks?

And how many batters have been dismissed for both 99 and 199 in Tests?

Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
31-May-2022
Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim bump fists during their stand, Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Chattogram, 1st day, November 26, 2021

Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim's 272-run stand helped take Bangladesh to 365 though there were six ducks in the innings  •  AFP/Getty Images

Despite having six batters dismissed for nought, Bangladesh still made 365 in Mirpur. Was this the highest Test total to include so many ducks? asked Suranga Jayawardene from Sri Lanka (among others)
In that remarkable comeback after being 24 for 5 in Mirpur, Bangladesh soared past the previous-highest Test total to include six ducks, India's 152 at Old Trafford in 2014. It was only the sixth Test innings ever to feature six men out for 0.
But that wasn't all: Bangladesh's 365 was actually the highest total in all first-class cricket to contain six ducks, beating Sussex's 300 against Derbyshire in Hove in 2021. A number of other notable statistics arose from that Bangladesh innings, and were summed up in this article.
I assume Murali or Warne must be top of the list of bowlers with most caught-and-bowled dismissals in Tests. But which batters have suffered this fate the most? asked Haris Jadoon from Pakistan
Among bowlers, Muthiah Muralidaran is joint first on this list, with 35 - he shares top spot with India's Anil Kumble. They are well clear of Daniel Vettori and Shane Warne, who both completed 21 c&b's in Tests. England's Derek Underwood comes next with 20.
The man most often out caught and bowled in Tests was Mohammad Yousuf, who fell this way 11 times - as did Warne. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Aravinda de Silva and Mark Waugh were all caught and bowled on ten occasions, while Asif Iqbal was out this way nine times in just 58 Tests for Pakistan. Stephen Fleming, Nasser Hussain and Mahela Jayawardene were all out caught and bowled on eight occasions.
Angelo Mathews was dismissed for 199 against Sri Lanka, and had previously been out for 99 in a Test too. Has anyone else done this double in Test or first-class cricket? asked Saloni Gupte from India
Angelo Mathews' 199 in the recent first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram followed his run-out for 99 against India in Mumbai in 2009-10. Mathews was the first to complete this particular double in Tests, although Steve Waugh, who was out for 199 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1998-99, was left stranded on 99 not out against England in Perth in 1994-95.
Eighteen other men have been dismissed for both 199 and 99 in first-class cricket. The first to complete this bittersweet double was Essex's Herbert Carpenter, who was out for 199 against Surrey at the Oval in 1904, and 99 against Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1914. He was followed by Percy Holmes of Yorkshire (two 99s), Middlesex's Patsy Hendren, Wally Hammond of Gloucestershire (two 99s), Bombay's Dilip Sardesai, Rohan Kanhai of Warwickshire (two 99s, including one in a Test for West Indies), Dean Jones of Victoria (99 in a Test for Australia), Pakistan's Mudassar Nazar (99 for PIA), Michael Atherton (199 for Lancashire in 1992; two 99s for England), Matthew Elliott (199 in a Test for Australia, two 99s for Victoria), Guyana's Ramnaresh Sarwan (99 for Gloucestershire), Younis Khan (199 in a Test for Pakistan, 99 for Habib Bank), Ian Bell (199 for England, 99 for Warwickshire), HD Ackerman (199 for Leicestershire, 99 for South Africa A), Stephen Peters (199 for Northants, 99 for Essex), Islamabad's Shan Masood, and Devon Smith of the Windward Islands (three 99s).
But pride of place probably has to go to Jason Gallian, the first man to be out twice for 199 in first-class cricket - run out both times, for Nottinghamshire against Sussex at Trent Bridge and Kent in Canterbury in 2005. He was also out for 99 (lbw this time) for Lancashire at Leicester in 1997. Dawid Malan has also been out twice for 199, but has not (yet) fallen for 99.
Who holds the record for the most successive first-class fifties? My money's on Don Bradman! asked Graham Harris from Australia
Your money's usually safe if you bank on Bradman for this sort of thing - and he does share the record, which is ten successive first-class scores of 50 or more. The Don started that particular sequence in Australia in 1947-48, and continued it on arriving in England for his successful farewell tour.
After being dismissed for 13 in the second Test against India in Sydney in 1947-48, Bradman - who was 39 at the time - cracked 132 and 127 not out in the third Test, 201 not out in the fourth, and 57 not out in the fifth. He made 115 against Western Australia in March, as the team that became known as the Invincibles prepared to set sail, then on arrival in England started off the 1948 tour with 107 at Worcester, 81 at Leicestershire, 146 against Surrey at The Oval, 187 against Essex at Southend (when the tourists ran up 721 on the first day), and 98 against MCC at Lord's, before he was out for 11 against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Bradman's dismissal by the 19-year-old slow left-armer Malcolm Hilton, who got him out in the second innings as well, brought calls for Hilton to be fast-tracked into England's Test team.
Those ten successive half-centuries equalled the record set by Lancashire's Ernest Tyldesley in 1926. That sequence included seven centuries, one of them for the Players against the Gentlemen at Lord's, and was rounded off with 81 on his Test recall against Australia, at home at Old Trafford (Tyldesley was out for 44 in his next innings, against Essex).
The record was equalled in 1994-95 by Romesh Kaluwitharana, whose ten innings in domestic cricket for Galle and Sri Lanka's Western Province included one three-figure score (and a 92 not out).
I know that Sunil Gavaskar used to hold the records for the most runs and centuries against West Indies in Test cricket. Does he still? asked Chitesh Sharma from India
India's great opener Sunil Gavaskar does still hold these records: in 27 Tests against West Indies, he scored 2749 runs, with 13 centuries, signing off with 236 not out - his highest Test score - against them in Madras (now Chennai) in 1983-84.
Gavaskar took the aggregate record from England's Geoff Boycott, who made 2205 runs in 29 Tests against West Indies. He's since been overtaken in second place by South Africa's Jacques Kallis, who collected 2356 runs against West Indies. Kallis made eight centuries, to lie second behind Gavaskar on that count as well; Mohammad Yousuf, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith and Steve Waugh all made seven. For the full list, click here.
Shiva Jayaraman of ESPNcricinfo's stats team helped with some of the above answers.
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