Record-Breaking Ashes Test: 11 Players with Career Five-Fors

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And how many ladies have participated in the 99-in-one?

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Usman Khawaja is the third person this year to bat on every day of a Test, making him the 13th overall.

Six players from England and five from Australia were among the 11 with at least one career five-for in the first Ashes Test. Is this a Test match record for most?via Facebook to Jatin Patra

The thrilling first Ashes Test at Edgbaston was the 21st time 11 players entered a Test, having taken five wickets in an innings at least once, which may surprise some. The record is twelve players, and it has been achieved twice: by Australia and England in Adelaide in 1974–75 and by England and the West Indies in 2020 at Old Trafford.

Ashes Test Record: 11 Players with Career Five-Fors

During the first Test, Usman Khawaja batted every day. How uncommon is this? England’s Tim McClelland enquired.

The first time a guy had batted on each day of a five-day Test was on the 13th occurrence, Usman Khawaja’s award-winning performance in the maiden Ashes Test at Edgbaston. He was the third person to achieve so this year; in February, in Bulawayo, against Zimbabwe, both West Indian openers, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Kraigg Brathwaite, batted continuously for five days.

The first person to accomplish the feat was the gifted Indian ML Jaisimha, who did it in 1959–1960 in Calcutta versus Australia. Remember that many Tests were scheduled for less than five days, especially before the Second World War.

How many women, like Ellyse Perry last week, have been dismissed for 99 runs in a Test? Question to Lesley Robertson out of Australia

Ellyse Perry was just the fourth woman to be removed one short of a century in a Test match when she was bowled for 99 in the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge last week. Her current teammate, Jess Jonassen, committed the previous offence in 2015 Canterbury against England. Jonassen made her Test debut with that performance; she has yet to surpass three digits.

The first woman to be dismissed for 99 in a test match was England’s Betty Snowball, playing Australia at The Oval in 1937. Jill Kennare, the captain of Australia, was facing India in Bombay in 1983–84 when she was dismissed for 99.

In women’s ODIs, there have been five 99s (plus a 99 not out), but there have yet to be any T20Is.

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The first female test taker to receive a 99 was Betty Snowball.

Was the recent 546-run victory against Afghanistan by Bangladesh a Test record? Bangladeshi Mehdi Hossain was questioned.

Bangladesh’s humiliation of Afghanistan last week at Mirpur was the third-heaviest defeat by runs in any Test. The biggest was England’s 675-run victory over Australia in Brisbane in 1928–1929, which also happened to be Don Bradman’s first Test match. At The Oval in 1934, Australia paid it back by thrashing England by 562 runs (Bradman scored 244 and Bill Ponsford 266 in his final Test).

When England defeated Australia by innings and 579 runs at The Oval in 1938, Bradman was injured and unable to bat (England’s captain declared at 903 for 7, although it’s alleged he may have continued had the Don has been healthy). In Johannesburg in 2002–2003, Australia defeated South Africa by an inning and 360 runs. The most excellent innings wins are listed here.

Both hitters had the same score (54 from 64 balls) after the second day of Bangladesh’s Test match against Afghanistan. How frequently has this occurred? India’s Badri Meden was questioned.

The two batsmen who were not out at the end of a day’s play in a Test often had the same score, including numerous 0s, but only 12 times did they both have scores of 50 or above. The highest identical overnight score is 85 not out, made by the Indian duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against South Africa at Kanpur in 2004–2005 after the third day. After completing the second day of South Africa’s Test match against England, Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis each had 80 runs remaining.

Both Brian Chari and Craig Ervine of Zimbabwe got 60 after the second day against Sri Lanka in Harare in 2016–17, while Madhav Apte and Vijay Hazare of India both scored 63 at the end of the second day against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 1952–53. It also happened in February during the Bulawayo match, stated in the second question above, when the West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul had 55 after the first day against Zimbabwe.

None of the other fifty or more occasions includes as many balls as the current match at Mirpur, where Zakir Hasan and Najmul Hossain each faced 64. For instance, Chanderpaul faced 170 balls in the Bulawayo encounter earlier this year, while Brathwaite faced 138.

By accident, I had a similar query from a different correspondent, who was convinced that the 63 of Apte and Hazare was the correct response. Three of the top four cases (and five of the 12 total) should have been added to the table he supplied in support, which he reportedly acquired online, making it incredibly unreliable. Be careful of Impersonators of Steven, inquire…

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