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Graham Gooch batting at Lord's in 1990, the match in which he scored 456 of his 2015 runs at the ground © Getty Images

What is the most runs that a batsman has scored at a single venue during his Test career? asked David Nottley from Beckenham

Only one man has scored more than 2000 Test runs on a single ground - Graham Gooch, of England, who made 2015 runs in 21 Tests at Lord's. He hit six centuries there, including his famous 333 against India in 1990. Gooch knocked the inevitable Don Bradman off top spot: The Don made 1671 runs at Melbourne in just 11 Tests, with nine centuries, at an average of 128.53. In third place is Brian Lara, who has made 1628 runs so far at St John's in Antigua, including his two Test-record innings of 375 and 400 not out. The others to score more than 1500 runs at a particular ground are Andy Flower (1535 at Harare), Len Hutton (1521 at The Oval), and Sanath Jayasuriya (1501 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. For a full list with more details, click here.

Who has taken the most Test wickets without ever managing a five-for? asked Dr Annappa Kamath from India

Top of the list is Mike Hendrick, the England fast-medium bowler of the 1970s, who took 87 wickets in 30 Tests without ever quite managing to take five in an innings. He took four on five occasions, including his best return of 4 for 28 against India at Edgbaston in 1974. Next come the South African Brian McMillan (75 Test wickets), Dayle Hadlee of New Zealand (71), and the 1960s England pair of Barry Knight (70) and Ted Dexter (66).

I believe that the Indian ML Jaisimha once batted on all five days of a Test match. How many other people have done this? asked Surinder Shukla of Rajkot

ML Jaisimha, who did it against Australia at Calcutta in 1959-60, was the first batsman to achieve the unusual feat of batting on all five days of a Test. "Jai" batted briefly on the first day - he went in at No. 9, and had made 2 not out by the close of play - and took his score to 20 not out the next morning. On the third day he again went in late on, at No. 4 this time, and hadn't scored when stumps were drawn. He then batted throughout the fourth day, scoring only 59 runs, and continued on the fifth morning until he was finally out for 74. The feat has been equalled four times since then: by Geoffrey Boycott for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1977; Kim Hughes for Australia in the Centenary Test against England at Lord's in 1980; Allan Lamb for England v West Indies at Lord's in 1984, and Ravi Shastri, for India v England at Calcutta in 1984-85. For a table with more details, click here.

I was stumped by this question in a workplace quiz: "Who did Dennis Lillee surpass as Australia's greatest Test wicket-taker?" asked Monty Parmar

It was back in 1980-81, against India at Melbourne, that Dennis Lillee took his 249th wicket and became, at that time, Australia's leading wicket-taker. The record he broke was set by Richie Benaud, who took 248 wickets. Lillee also went past Graham McKenzie (246) earlier in the same game. Lillee went on to take 355 Test wickets, a total surpassed since for Australia by Shane Warne (currently 583) and Glenn McGrath (499). Craig McDermott (291) has also passed Benaud's old mark. For a full list of Test cricket's leading wicket-takers, click here.

Is it true that a first-class cricketer once won the Grand National? asked Martin Allbright from Vancouver, Canada

It is true - the jockey was Major John Wilson, who played 11 matches as an amateur for Yorkshire between 1911 and 1913. After an eventful First World War - he was one of the first airmen to take part in a bombing raid over Germany, and also shot down a Zeppelin over Hull - he rode Double Chance to victory in the 1925 Grand National at Aintree. In a race where a lot of the runners fell at the Canal Turn Double Chance ended up four lengths in front of the favourite, Old Tay Bridge. The following year Old Tay Bridge was second again - but Wilson's mount, Grecian Wave, was a faller. Click here for an article about Wilson from the Wisden Cricket Monthly archive.

Steven Lynch is the editor of Cricinfo. For some of these answers he was helped by Travis Basevi, the man who built Stats Guru and the Wisden Wizard. If you want to Ask Steven a question, contact him through our feedback form. The most interesting questions will be answered each week in this column. Unfortunately, we can't usually enter into correspondence about individual queries.