Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ashes Countdown 10

Three winners will be selected at the end of the 10th quiz after tabulating all the results. The winners will be awarded exciting prizes courtesy of In the event of a tie, we will have a tie-breaker among the top three positions.

First prize: ESPN Legends of Cricket 7 DVD set or a Dreamcricket gift certificate worth $105.

Second prize: A World Cup Collection containing spectacular DVD highlights of 1983, 1992, 1999 and 2003 World Cups.

Third prize: A DVD of 1983 and 2003 World Cups.

Bonus to all three prize winners - Ashes 2006 DVD: In addition, all three prize winners will get a certificate for $20 each that can be used towards purchase of the 2006 Ashes DVD when it releases on

The website also provides you an opportunity to participate in a fantasy cricket tournament where you will have a chance to win even bigger prizes. Registration for Ashes 2006-07 Pak/WI Test Series and India/SA ODI Series is now open. Registration is absolutely free with prizes to be won amounting to $7500.

Please mail your answers for each quiz individually to latest by the end of first test match November 27th, 2006. Results will be first posted on website on or before December 12th, 2006.

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The Intention of these quizzes is to provide some interesting facts, figures and trivia through the answers. Each Quiz will be based around one central theme.

Born Identity Quiz

The Theme of the Ashes Countdown 10 Quiz : foreign born Players.

Q1. England’s team for this winter’s Ashes has three players who were not born in England. Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss were born in South Africa while Geraint Jones was born in Papua New Guinea. Though Monty Panesar is of Indian descent and Sajid Mahmood has his roots in Pakistan, they were both born in England and hence do not qualify as foreign born players representing England. The interesting question here is: which country, other than England obviously, holds the record for giving birth to more Test Cricketers who represented England in Ashes? Can you name the cricketers too?

Q2. In the first ever test match played at Melbourne in 1876/77, two cricketers who were making their test debut against the country in which they were born, were also making their first class debut. Name them.

Q3. The first ever test match had a player who was neither born in Australia nor in British Isles (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales). Name this cricketer and his place of birth.

Q4. Only three players born in New Zealand ever played test cricket for Australia, the most famous of them being Clarrie Grimmett. However England fielded just one player born in New Zealand in a test match. Name him.

Q5. Both Maharaja Ranjitsinhji and his nephew Maharaja Duleepsinhji made a century on their Ashes debut against Australia with Ranji’s century coming in his maiden test. Duleepsinhji’s own nephew hit a century on debut in test cricket but narrowly missed hitting a century on debut against the Aussies, like his uncle and his uncle’s uncle before him. Name this nephew of Duleepsinhji.

Q6. Only one cricketer from each of the Ashes rivals went on to play and captain the country in which they were not born and against the country of their birth. Name them.

Q7. Who was the first cricketer to score a century in test cricket who was not born in England or in Australia?

Q8. Very rarely do two brothers make a test debut in the same match. The names that come to mind are the Grace Brothers for England and the Hearne Brothers for South Africa (born in Eng). These happened in the 19th century. However, one set of siblings made their debut for England in the same test against Australia in the 20th century. Who were they and where were they born?

Q9. Only one cricketer in the history of cricket holds the record for playing for Australia against England and for England against Australia. He was born in England but played test cricket for Australia first and then finished his test career there, while representing his birth country in between. Name him.

Q10. Name the cricketers to have been born in Peru and Italy who then went on to captain the English team in an Ashes Series.

Please do not forget to mail your answers to before 27th November, 2006 having the subject line as "Answers to Ashes Countdown XX Quiz" . Replace XX with the Countdown number.

Happy Quizzing…

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