Lyon joins Botham!

Australia’s Nathan Lyon had match figures of 13/154 in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh.   -  AP


The number of “visiting” bowlers to claim 13 or more wickets in a Test match in Asia. Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon became the latest when he claimed 13/154 in the Chittagong Test, thus joining England’s Ian Botham (13/106 vs India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in Feb. 1980) as the only two “visiting” bowlers with most wickets in a Test match in Asia. Interestingly, before Lyon, the best bowling in a Test match in Asia by an Aussie bowler was by Steve O’Keefe who took 12/70 in Pune earlier this year in February!


The tally of wickets claimed by Nathan Lyon in Asia in his 17 Tests, the fourth most by any “visiting” bowler in Asia. Check out the table below for the details:

Shane WarneAus25668734061277/9426.8152.65113
Daniel VettoriNZ2167372829986/2828.8668.7481
Dale SteynSA2036392040907/5122.6640.4351
Nathan LyonAus1747172583838/5031.1256.8371
Courtney WalshWI1734851581776/7920.5345.2650



The number of Test matches won by Australia since October 2008 in Asia. During this period, in 24 Tests, the side has lost 16 and drawn 5. Its success % of 12.50 is the lowest by any visiting Test side, barring Zimbabwe, in Asia in the last nine years! The table below provides the details:

Visiting Test sides to Asia since Oct 2008

Visiting sideTestsWonLostDrawn%winSince…
England23613426.09Dec 2008
West Indies1748523.53Nov 2010
South Africa1435621.43Feb 2010
New Zealand19310615.79Oct 2008
Australia24316512.50Oct 2008
Zimbabwe40400.00Oct 2014

Note: Australia three Test victories came at Galle (September 2011), Pune (February 2017) and Chittagong (September 2017)


The number of bowlers with over 500 wickets in Test cricket history. England’s James Anderson became the latest entrant, at Lord’s, when he claimed the wicket of West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite in the second innings. Anderson’s wickets tally has now swelled to 506 at the end of the Test match. Incidentally, he is the third pace bowler to do so after Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath.

The members of 500 Test wickets-club:

BowlerForMtsBallsRunsWktsBestAveS/R5wi10wmTests for 500Achieved in
M. MuralitharanSL+13344039181808009/5122.7255.05672287Mar 2004
Shane WarneAus14540705179957088/7125.4157.493710108Mar 2006
Anil KumbleInd132408501835561910/7429.6565.99358105Mar 2004
GD McGrathAus12429248121865638/2421.6451.95293110Jul 2005
Courtney WalshWI13230019126885197/3724.4457.84223129Mar 2001
James AndersonEng12928259138605067/4227.3955.85243129Sep 2017

+ Also one Test for WXI


The number of Test wickets claimed by James Anderson at Lord’s. This is now the most number of wickets taken by any Test bowler at a single ground outside Sri Lanka. M. Muralitharan has claimed 166 wickets at Colombo SSC, 117 at Kandy and 111 at Galle, while Rangana Herath has 94 at Galle, followed by Anderson’s tally. Anderson now also has the most number of wickets by a pace bowler at a single Test ground. The table below has the details:

90Lord’s21James AndersonEngland2003-2017
83Harare19Heath SteakZimbabwe1994-2005
82Melbourne14Dennis LilleeAustralia1972-1983
80Colombo, SSC21Chaminda VaasSri Lanka1996-2009
77Lord’s19Stuart BroadEngland2008-2017



The number of 50s by England’s Joe Root, in consecutive Test matches. Since the Mirpur Test in October 2016, Root has managed a score of at least one fifty in each of his last 12 Test matches. This sequence extended till the Leeds Test against the West Indies. However, in the recent Lord’s Test match against the Windies, he could manage just one run in the only innings he got to bat. This means he has now equalled the Test record held by South African AB de Villiers, who, too, had made consecutive fifties in his last 12 Tests from December 2012 to February 2014.

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Queries Corner

In the recent Chittagong Test match, the top four Bangladeshi batsmen were dismissed lbw by Nathan Lyon in the first innings. Is this unique? 

Yes. Nathan Lyon’s feat is indeed unique by a bowler in Test cricket. Never before in the history of Test cricket has a bowler managed to take the top four wickets in the opponent’s batting lineup via lbw. Previously, before Lyon, only three other bowlers have managed to take the top three wickets via lbw, in Tests. They are:

Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh) against Zimbabwe at Dhaka in January 2005

Dale Steyn (South Africa) against New Zealand at Centurion in November 2007

Harbhajan Singh (India) against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2011

In the Mirpur Test against Australia, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan made a 50 and also claimed 10 wickets in the match. How many others have achieved such a feat?

Shakib Al Hasan made 84 and also claimed 10/153 at Mirpur against Australia. He is achieving this feat for the second time in his Test career. In November 2014, at Khulna, against Zimbabwe, he made 137 and also claimed 10/124. In all, 25 players have achieved such a feat in Test cricket, on 28 occasions. The only other player to do it more than once is New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee, who did so on three separate occasions. The other 23 other players have done it once in a Test match! For the record, in the last eight months, three players have achieved this: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali and now Shakib!

Which batsman has remained not out on 49 on most occasions in Test cricket?

Batsmen remaining unbeaten on 49 has occurred on 34 occasions in Test cricket history. However, England’s Alastair Cook is the only one to do it twice in his career. The first occasion came at the P. Sara Stadium in Colombo in April 2012 and the other at Lord’s in June 2016 — both against Sri Lanka! In the second instance, an injured Cook, as captain, batted at #7, and declared the innings selflessly, one short of his fifty!

In the Leeds Test against England, West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope were involved in a 200 and a 100 partnership in each innings. Has any other pair done this before?

The Leeds Test provided the seventh instance of a same pair being involved in a 200 and a 100 partnership in each innings of a Test match. But the distinction of being the only Test pair with a 200 stand in each innings of a Test match goes to Pakistan’s Azhar Ali and Younus Khan, who, against Australia at Abu Dhabi, in November 2014, put on 236 and 242 for the third wicket in both the innings of that Test!

Note: All figures above are updated till Sept 15, 2017.


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