Suresh Raina nipped past the 5000 mark in Chennai Super Kings' first match of the new IPL season when he reached 15 of his eventual 19 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on Saturday. Barring accidents, Virat Kohli will be next to the landmark: after that Chennai match, he was just 46 short of 5000. Next come Rohit Sharma (4498) and Gautam Gambhir (4217). The leading non-Indian, in seventh place with 4099 as I write, is David Warner.
Isuru Udana's blistering unbeaten 84 - from 54 balls - for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Centurion last week was easily the highest by a No. 8 in a T20 international. There had been only two previous half-centuries: Simi Singh made 57 not out for Ireland against Netherlands in Rotterdam last June, while Kenya's Rageb Aga hit 52 not out against Scotland in Dubai in November 2013.
Ireland's side for their second Test match - against Afghanistan in Dehradun earlier this month - did indeed show five changes from the team for their inaugural Test, against Pakistan at Malahide last May. Part of the reason for this was that Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien have retired, but the other changes were largely tactical.
The highest Test score that included a duck is England's 903 for 7 declared against Australia at The Oval in 1938. Len Hutton grabbed the headlines with 364 - but Eddie Paynter bagged a four-ball duck, and Denis Compton didn't do much better, being out for 1. England's total remained the Test record until 1997, when Sri Lanka piled up 952 for 6 against India in Colombo in 1997.
The short answer is yes, Guyana's Ramnaresh Sarwan is the only player to have suffered this particular fate in one-day internationals. He made 99 not out for West Indies against India in Ahmedabad in 2002-03, and an unbeaten 98, also against India, in Kingston in May 2006. If we include dismissals, the leader in the oh-so-close stakes is Sachin Tendulkar, who was out for 99 three times and 98 once. Sanath Jayasuriya made two 99s and a 98. Michael Clarke (99 not out and 98), Adam Gilchrist (99 and 98), Matthew Hayden (99 and 98), Dean Jones (99 not out and 98), Mushfiqur Rahim (99 and 98) and Marlon Samuels (two 98s) all had two near-misses.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes