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Two-country men, and the lowest totals in ODIs

Steven Lynch answers more of your questions

Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
20-Sep-2004
The regular Monday column in which our editor answers your questions about (almost) any aspect of cricket. The ongoing ICC Champions Trophy dominated your thoughts this week:


Clayton Lambert: dual nationality © Getty Images
Has anyone else played official ODIs for two countries, as Clayton Lambert now has? asked Victor Martin from Cleethorpes
Clayton Lambert, who top-scored with 39 for USA against New Zealand at The Oval before missing the Australian debacle with a groin strain, now has one appearance for America in ODIs to go with 11 matches for West Indies between 1989-90 and 1998-99. He hit 119 in his last-but-one game for West Indies, against England at Port-of-Spain in 1997/98. The only other player to appear for more than one country in official ODIs is Kepler Wessels, who won 54 one-day caps for Australia - for whom he scored 1740 runs at 36.25 - before he returned to South Africa and played 55 more for them, scoring 1627 runs at 32.54.
Was the USA's total of 65 the lowest ever in a one-day international? asked a concerned Javed Akmal from New Jersey
There have been 11 lower totals in ODIs than the USA's 65 at the Rose Bowl last week. The lowest of all was set earlier this year, when Sri Lanka bowled Zimbabwe out for 35 at Harare. For a full list of the lowest totals, click here.
I've just seen Kenya collapse at Edgbaston, losing their last nine wickets for 27 - is that a one-day record? asked Barry Barton from Solihull
It's actually second on the list of dramatic collapses - ones in which nine wickets have fallen, anyway. Kenya's last nine wickets added 27 at Edgbaston, declining from a reasonably healthy 67 for 1 to 94 all out. But in the match referred to above, at Harare in April Zimbabwe reached 18 for 1, then collapsed to 35 all out - the lowest total in ODI history - and in the process lost nine wickets for 17 runs.
Where does Shahid Afridi's 5 for 11 stand in the list of ODI bowling performances? asked Mohsin Ahmed from Quetta
It's quite a long way down the alltime list, as quite a few people have taken six wickets in an ODI innings, six bowlers have managed seven, and Chaminda Vaas grabbed 8 for 19 for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in Colombo in 2000-01. It isn't even quite the cheapest five-for, as Courtney Walsh once took 5 for 1, for West Indies against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 1986-87. But it is the best analysis in Champions Trophy matches, beating Jacques Kallis's 5 for 30 for South Africa in the 1998 final against West Indies at Dhaka. For a list of the best analyses in all ODIs, click here.
One of the match reports in the Champions Trophy referred to the last survivor of New Zealand's "Dibbly, Dobbly and Wobbly" bowling attack. What's that all about? asked Dominic Moran from Abingdon
The names stem from the slightly derogatory description of medium-pace (or even slower) bowling as "dobbers", or sometimes "dibbly-dobbly". At the 1992 World Cup in Australasia, New Zealand found that such bowling, especially on their home pitches which are traditionally sluggish, was hard to get away: New Zealand surged to the semi-finals, where they were beaten by Pakistan. The bowling strategy, which also included an offspinner (Dipak Patel) opening the bowling, revolved around three slowish medium-pacers - Chris Harris, Gavin Larsen and Rod Latham - bottling up the batsmen. That trio became known as Dibbly, Dobbly and Wobbly (I'm not sure anyone ever knew which one was which). The last survivor - and the most successful of them at one-day level - is Harris, who took his 200th one-day wicket in England earlier this year, and was in the side beaten by Australia last week.
I think Sachin Tendulkar's absence will cost India dear in this tournament - what is his record in the Champions Trophy? asked Amrit Shah from Bangalore
Overall Tendulkar's batting average in the Champions Trophy - 44.87 - is remarkably similar to his overall one-day average of 45.01. His only century in the tournament came in his first innings - 141 against Australia at Dhaka in 1998-99. He had a disappointing run in the last tournament, in Sri Lanka in 2002, scoring only 39 runs in four innings, although two of those were not-outs.
Steven Lynch is editor of Wisden 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, e-mail him at asksteven@cricinfo.com. The most interesting questions will be answered each week in this column. Unfortunately, we can't usually enter into correspondence about individual queries.