How many people have been stranded on 99 not out overnight in a Test, as Devon Conway was at Hagley Oval? asked Kurtis Woods from New Zealand
That near-miss by Devon Conway
for New Zealand against Bangladesh in Christchurch
at the weekend was the 17th time a man had been stuck one short of three figures at close of play in a Test. The most recent previous instance came early last year, when it happened to the West Indian opener Kraigg Brathwaite
against Sri Lanka in Antigua
in March, while the first was by England's Jack Hobbs
, against Australia in Adelaide
back in 1924-25.
Conway was the second New Zealander to suffer a potentially sleepless night. Glenn Turner
was in the same situation against Pakistan in Dhaka
in 1969-70 (he completed his maiden Test century the next morning), and repeated the feat against Australia in Christchurch
in 1973-74 (he ended another day with 85, and completed his second century of the match the next morning). The only other man to do this twice was Pakistan's Mudassar Nazar, both against India, in Bangalore
in 1979-80 and in Lahore
Like Conway, all the others safely completed their centuries when play resumed. However, perhaps the most famous 99 not out in Tests is not among the 17: England's Alex Tudor
came in as a nightwatchman against New Zealand at Edgbaston
in 1999, and had reached 95 when England levelled the scores at the end of the game, midway through the third day. He needed to hit a six to reach his century - but managed only a four, and so was marooned on 99 not out when the match ended. Tudor never did make a hundred in a Test. "When I got to the middle, I asked Alex whether he wanted to get a hundred, and he told me not to worry about it," said Graham Thorpe. "But I shouldn't have listened."
Ollie Pope took four catches as a substitute in Sydney. Was this a record? asked Michael Barker from England
Those catches by Ollie Pope
in Australia's second innings in Sydney
at the weekend made him only the third substitute to take four in an innings in a Test. The first to do it - and the only one who wasn't standing in as wicketkeeper - was Younis Khan
, for Pakistan against Bangladesh in Multan
in August 2001. The record was equalled early last year by Wriddhiman Saha
, for India against Australia, also in Sydney
Were Ebadot Hossain's figures in New Zealand the best in Tests by a Bangladesh fast bowler? asked Maqsoodul Hasan from Bangladesh
finished with 6 for 46 to set up that superb win over world Test champions New Zealand in Mount Maunganui
last week. The only better figures by a Bangladesh seamer are 6 for 27, by Shahadat Hossain
against South Africa in Mirpur
Ebadot did improve the away best for a Bangladesh seamer, which was 6 for 71 by Robiul Islam
against Zimbabwe in Harare
in April 2013. For the list of Test five-fors by Bangladesh pace bowlers, click here
With Virat Kohli approaching his 100th Test match, I wondered who had scored the most runs after their 100th? asked Himanshu from Canada
That untimely injury to Virat Kohli
, which ruled him out of the recent match in Johannesburg
, means he won't celebrate his 100th Test appearance until later this year: he currently has 98 caps. Before the decider in Cape Town
, which starts today, Kohli had scored 7854 runs.
Charles Bannerman famously holds the record for the highest percentage of a team's score in a Test innings, set in the very first match. Who holds the corresponding record for bowlers - runs conceded as a percentage of the total? asked Tom Liu from Australia
I have a vague memory of answering this before, but it was a while ago and might conceivably have changed, so there's no harm in doing it again. As it turns out, the record (considering only all-out or declared innings) has stood since 1895-96, when England bowled South Africa out for 30 in Johannesburg
, and the left-arm seamer Hugh Bromley-Davenport conceded 23 of the runs, or 76.66% of the total. He took one wicket, while at the other end George Lohmann
reaped 8 for 7, which probably made up for being dismissed for a pair.
Later in 1896, England's Tom Richardson
took 6 for 39 in Australia's total of 53 (73.58%) on the opening day of the first Ashes Test at Lord's
The highest percentage since 1900 came when England's Trevor Bailey
took 4 for 22 in Australia's 32 for 7 declared (68.75%) on a rain-affected pitch in Brisbane
in 1950-51. The highest in an all-out innings was by Kapil Dev
, with 5 for 70 in England's total of 102 (68.63%) in Bombay
(now Mumbai) in 1981-82.
Shiva Jayaraman of ESPNcricinfo's stats team helped with some of the above answers.