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Which player has been the last man out in a Test defeat the most times?

And which bowler has sent down the most deliveries in a single day of a Test?

Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
14-Mar-2023
Two Australia players are among the nine to make Test centuries in India, Pakistan and the UAE - Usman Khawaja and Steve Waugh (in photo)  •  Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Two Australia players are among the nine to make Test centuries in India, Pakistan and the UAE - Usman Khawaja and Steve Waugh (in photo)  •  Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Usman Khawaja has now scored Test hundreds in India, Pakistan and the UAE. How many have done this? asked Xavier Murray from Australia
Usman Khawaja's 180 against India in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad meant he became the ninth member of a select band with Test centuries in India, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Khawaja had scored 141 against Pakistan in Dubai in 2018-19, and last March made 160 in Karachi followed by 104 not out in Lahore. He's also hit nine Test hundreds in Australia, and one in New Zealand.
The only other Australian to score Test centuries in India, Pakistan and the UAE is Steve Waugh. This treble has also been achieved by Jacques Kallis of South Africa, Kane Williamson of New Zealand, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, plus three Pakistanis in Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan. The others all completed a nap hand in Asia with centuries in Sri Lanka, apart from Waugh and Shahid Afridi (and Khawaja so far).
I know that Sonny Ramadhin holds the record for the most overs in a Test innings. But who bowled the most in a single day of a Test? asked Utsav Sengupta from India
The most balls sent down by a bowler on a single day of a Test is 360 - 45 eight-ball overs - by the South African offspinner Athol Rowan, on the third day against England in Port Elizabeth in 1948-49. The same day, slow left-armer Tufty Mann delivered 328 balls (41 overs) as South Africa got through 104 eight-ball overs in the day (the equivalent of 138.4 of six balls). "Rowan and Mann virtually carried the whole of the South African attack today, and both bowled remarkably well," reported the Times.
Eight years later in Cape Town, another South African spinner, Hugh Tayfield, sent down 328 deliveries (41 eight-ball overs) during an unchanged spell on the first day of the second Test against England. The most in the current century is Muthiah Muralidaran's 282 balls (47 overs) on the third day of Sri Lanka's Test against Zimbabwe in Galle in 2001-02.
The West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin toiled through 98 overs in England's second innings at Edgbaston in 1957, his marathon effort being spread over three days. For the list of the most deliveries in a Test innings, click here.
Which player has been the last man out in a Test defeat the most times? And how about being the not-out batter in defeats? asked Arjun Gupta from the United States
Jimmy Anderson is top of both these lists - not surprisingly, perhaps, given that his current haul of 179 Test caps is exceeded only by Sachin Tendulkar's 200. Anderson has been the last man out at the end of 20 different Test defeats, and the non-striker for 17 more.
New Zealand's tailender extraordinaire Chris Martin was the last man out to round off 13 Test defeats, as was Sri Lanka's Muthiah Muralidaran; so far, Nathan Lyon has been the last man out 11 times, which puts him level with Courtney Walsh. Another West Indian, Shannon Gabriel, has been at the other end for ten Test defeats; Murali is next with nine, ahead of Walsh and Danish Kaneria with eight.
Has anyone bowled their four overs in a T20I and not conceded any runs? asked Michael Banks from England
There has been one instance of this in an official T20I, by Canada's slow left-armer Saad Bin Zafar, who finished with figures of 4-4-0-2 against Panama (who were all out for 37) in a World Cup Americas Region qualifying match in Coolidge (Antigua) in November 2021.
There's one other instance in all senior T20 matches, and it happened just six days before Zafar's spell: playing for Vidarbha against Manipur in Mangalagiri, in India's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Akshay Karnewar also had figures of 4-4-0-2.
The most economical spell in a T20I for a Test-playing team is Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 4-1-4-5 for India against Afghanistan in Dubai in September 2022.
The West Indian fast bowler Jayden Seales had played only one first-class match before his Test debut. Is this a record? asked Mark McDonald from Trinidad
When he made his Test debut against South Africa in St Lucia in June 2021, the 19-year-old Jayden Seales had played only one previous first-class match, for West Indies A in New Zealand late the previous year. He was the fifth West Indian whose second first-class match was a Test, following George Gladstone and Clarence Passailaigue (both in 1929-30), Charlie Griffith (1959-60) and Fidel Edwards (2003). Seven other West Indians played only two first-class games before their first Test, including Garry Sobers (1953-54).
Seales shares the West Indian record, but overall 34 men have made their first-class debut in a Test match, 28 of them in the 19th century. The most recent addition to this list came in June 2018, when spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman made his first-class debut in Afghanistan's inaugural Test, against India in Bengaluru. Mujeeb has now played over 250 senior white-ball games - but that remains his only first-class match.
Shiva Jayaraman of ESPNcricinfo's stats team helped with some of the above answers.
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