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Q1- Q10 : 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?
India holds the record for giving birth to ten cricketers who have represented England in Ashes.
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.
WE Midwinter . born in St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England.
Q11. Though the series was considered a failure for Bradman, he still led Australia both in the number of runs scored and batting averages even after missing the first test. Who made the most runs and led the batting averages for England?
They are the only players to have played in test cricket after crossing the age of 50.
George Eric Borwick, who was one of the umpires in Bodyline series (George Alfred Hele was the other), gave the run-out decision when Bill Brown was found out of his crease while backing up too far and Vinoo Mankad ran him out thus resulting in the Mankaded form of dismissing a batsman.
Australia’s vice captain was VY Richardson is the grand father of Chappell brothers.
Q16. Insipte of numerous body blows taken by most of the Aussie players, four Australians managed to play in all five tests. Name them.
SJ McCabe, WM Woodfull, VY Richardson and WJ O'Reilly .
Q17. For three Australians the series provided their only test appearance and put them in the One Test Wonder Club. Who are they?
LE Nagel, HH Alexander and HSB Love .
Q18. Which Australian cricketer declined a knighthood in 1934 and later said if it was awarded for his professional work rather than playing cricket, he would have accepted it.
Q19. In the only test match that Australia won, Bradman hit his only century of the series. However in the same test he was dismissed for a first ball duck in the first innings.
Who was the bowler and what was so special about the dismissal?
WE Bowes. It was the first time that Bradman was dismissed for a duck in an Ashes test.
Q20. Two of the English cricketers who took part in the Bodyline series were later captured as POWs during World War II. One of them returned back home but the other player died of wounds he suffered during the attack. Name them.
Bill Bowes returned home from the War whereas Hedley Verity, died of the wounds he suffered.
Q21. The final innings of Bradman, a second ball duck, got more applause than any of his 29 centuries. Listening to the thunderous applause, the bowler Eric Hollies told one of his teammates “"Best ball I I've bowled all season and they are clapping him!". Later that day he called another teammate and said “He never saw it, Tom”. Name these two teammates.
John Albert (Jack) Young & Horace Edgar (Tom) Dollery.
Q22. For holding Bradman’s batting average under 100, Eric Hollies certainly deserves another question. What unique record does he hold in first class cricket, which presumably will never be broken?
William Eric Hollies is only cricketer in first class cricket to have taken more than 2000 wickets and have scored fewer than 2000 runs.
Q23. One of Bradman’s team members on 1948 tour was just 54 days old when the Don made his test debut. Who was he?
Robert Neil Harvey .
Q24. Like Bradman, another great cricketer too ended his test career with a second ball duck during this series. Name him.
Joe Hardstaff Jr, was another great cricketer who finished his career with a second ball duck in his last test, though he went on to make 43 runs in the second innings of the first test played at Trent Bridge. Three other cricketers K Cranston,, GM Emmett & Alec Coxon, too finished their career with a second ball duck during that series, but they had relatively very short careers. (K. Cranston played 2 Test matches. Both Emmett and Coxon , were One Test Wonders and both their careers ended with a 2nd ball duck.). My apologies for the confusion but I have given points to any of those player as an answer.
Q25. England started the series disastrously losing 8 wickets for 74 runs in the first test. However their ninth wicket pair rescued them with a partnership of 89 runs. They both registered their highest test scores during the test series. Who are they and what are their highest test scores?
Jim Laker with 63 & Alec Bedser with 79.
Q26. During their England tour the "Invincibles" won 23 of their 34 matches. How many of them were innings victories?
Fifteen (15) as per Cricinfo Scorecards. Wisden almanack 1949 reports it as 17, the reason being Australia played three other non-first class matches one against Durham and two against Scotland as part of their complete itenary of the 1948 tour. These matches were played for two days with the Durham match resulting in a draw and both the matches against Scotland resulting in innings victories for Australia. I have given points for both answers.
Q27. Playing against the Essex the Aussies established a team batting record in first class cricket. What is it?
Most runs scored in a single day in first class cricket 721.
Q28. Another team record, which they achieved in a test match during the series, stood for nearly 28 years before being overtaken by the Indian team of mid 70s. What was the record?
Their second Innings score of 404 for 3 to win the Match was the highest number of runs in the fourth innings of a Match for a win. This was bettered by India in 1976 with 406/4.
Q29. In the final test of the series England was bowled out for a paltry total of 52. No batsman except Len Hutton reached double figures. Hutton very narrowly missed recording a rare feat in that match. What is it?
Len Hutton missed the rare feat of carrying his bat through the innings. He was the last man out
Q30. Who are the only Aussie members of 1948 Invincibles who did not play in any test match during the series?
Colin McCool , Ron Hammence , Doug Ring and Ron Saggers.
Q31-Q40 : Ashes in 1950s.
Q31. England regained the Ashes last summer after 16 years in 8 attempts, but the 1953 Englishmen waited even longer to regain the Ashes. How many years and how many attempts did they take to bring back the Ashes?
19 years, regained at seventh attempt (They lost in 1934(2-1) and 1936/37 (3-2), drawn in 1938 (1-1), lost again in 1946/47 (3-0), 1948 (4-0) and 1950/51 (4-1) before regaining the Ashes in 1953 with 1-0 victory.
Q32. Which Australian great ended the tour with an amazing knock of 135 in a first class match which included 11 sixes though he could make just 15 runs in the test series?
Richie Benaud during the match against TN Pearce’s XI
Q33. Australia lost the 1953 series with a 0-1 margin, their loss coming in the fifth test of their tour. What is so remarkable about that loss?
Their only first class match defeat of the tour.
Q34. Which English cricketer took more wickets during the 1953 series than the runs he made?
Alec Bedser with 38 runs and 39 wickets.
Q35. Three cricketers, who played a major part in regaining the Ashes for England in 1953 in the final test at the Oval, were not selected for the 1954/55 Ashes tour. Name them.
JC Laker, GAR Lock and FS Trueman were not part of the 1954/55 touring party, though they were major contributors of 1953 series.
Q36. In the first test of the 1954/55 a player who made his test debut went on to achieve a first which at that time was thought an impossible thing. Who is the cricketer and what first did he achieve in test cricket?
M.C. Cowdrey, He went on to become first cricketer to play 100 Tests.
Q37. The 1954/55 series was totally dominated by bowlers to an extent that more than 300 runs in an innings were scored only twice by each team in that series with Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson being the leading wicket taker for both sides. Which test matches witnessed 300+ scores in that series and who scored them.
1st Test Match - Australia 1st. Innings 601 for 8 dec.
4th Test match - Australia 1st. Innings 323 all out and England 1st. Innings 341 all out
5th. Test match - England 1st. Innings 371 for 7 dec.
Q38. The last test match of 1954/55 saw debut of a cricketer who 38 years later became the first referee to suspend a player for abusing an umpire. Name him.
Q39. 1956 series was totally dominated by Jim Laker with that unbelievable 19 for 90 at Old Trafford in the 4th test. Laker did take ten wickets in innings against Australia in a tour match earlier that summer. There is a remarkable coincidence in both those innings. What is it?
C.C. McDonald the Australia opening batsman scored top scored with 89 runs in each of those Innings against Surrey and against England.
Q40. Four of the Australian bowlers were the main discussion topic during the 1958/59 series because of their doubtful actions which lead the English touring party to believe they were chucking. Name the bowlers.
I Meckiff, GF Rorke , JW Burke and KN Slater.
Q41-Q50 : Ashes in 1960s.
Q41. Which Australian batsman was once described as “ a corpse with pads on” by an English reporter for his hard to watch and difficult to dismiss batting style, made his test debut during the 1961 series.
Q42. Raman Subba Row hit a century in the first test of the 1961 Ashes and carried on the tradition of century on Ashes debut by a player of Indian descent. Who were the other English players of Indian origin who hit a century on their Ashes Debut before him ?
KS Ranjitsinhji, KS Duleepsinhji and Nawab of Pataudi Sr.
Q43. What Ashes record does Raman Subba Row share with RA Duff, MA Leyland, WH Ponsford and Mark Waugh.
Century on both first and final appearance in Ashes tests.
Q44. During the 1962/63 series, an English bowler broke the test record held by his team’s Assistant manager. Name the bowler and the Assistant Manager of the MCC team.
Brian Statham and Alec Bedser.
Q45. Which Australian cricketer made his test debut during the 1962/63 Ashes and has a New Zealand Test Venue’s name as his middle name. He also wrote an autobiography titled Bowled Over.
Neil James Napier Hawke.
Q46. By scoring a triple hundred in the fourth test of the 1964 series whose record did Bob Simpson emulate and what is the record?
Bob Simpson emulated Gary Sobers’ record of hitting a triple hundred as his maiden test century.
Q47. During their 1964 England tour Australia lost only four matches. Three of them to Glamorgan, Warwickshire and Essex. Which was the only other team to have beaten Australia during that trip and where was the match played.
The Netherlands - played at De Diepput, The Hague
Q48. This Australian cricketer made his test debut during their 1961 Ashes tour to England and ended his test career during the 1965/66 series in Australia. He captained Australia in two of the first three tests of that series before getting sidelined. Name him.
Brian C Booth.
Q49. He appeared in three of the five tests of 1968 series and a feat he achieved thirty years prior to that is yet to be emulated. Who is he and what is his unique feat?
Arthur Fagg, who stood as one of the umpires in that series is the only cricketer to have scored a double hundred in each innings of an first class match.
Q50. Australia may very well have won the 1968 Ashes series but for the intervention of spectators on the field and subsequent deadly spell of 4 wickets in 27 balls by an English bowler which resulted in a dramatic victory for England. What was the incident and who was the bowler?
During the final Test match the weather intervened when Australia were 85 for 5 on the final day chasing 352 runs to win. Rain fell and the ground was covered with water. The sun finally came out and the spectators helped the ground staff mop up and play resumed at 4.45p.m. with just 75 minutes of play left.. With 5 minutes to spare England took the last wicket - thanks to a deadly spell from Derek L. Underwood.
Q51-Q60 : Ashes in 1970s.
Q51. Which successful English batsmen of 1970/71 Ashes tour wrote an autobiography titled “Bootboy to President” and what is so odd about his last appearance in first class cricket.
Brian Luckhurst - his last first class appearance, aged 46, came 9 years after his retirement. When he was the Kent team’s manager against 1985 Australians owing to injuries to several of the team members he was forced to become a part of the team and batted at 10 making 1 & 9*.
Q52. Dennis Lillee made his debut in the sixth test of the 1970/71 series at Adelaide and opened the bowling a fast bowler who holds a unique record in ODIs. Four years later Lillee paired up with another fast bowler with last name. Name the bowler and the unique record he holds in ODIs which can never be surpassed.
Alan "Froggy" Thomson. He took the first wicket to fall in one-day international cricket, that of Geoff Boycott.
Q53. Lord’s test of the 1972 Ashes will always be remembered as Massie’s Test. Which English batsman denied Bob Massie the record of 'claiming the wickets of all eleven opponents in a test match at least once' and be a part of an exclusive club? Also name the six current members of that exclusive club.
Brian Luckhurst denied the record for Bob Massie. The six members who have taken the wicket the of all eleven players of the opposing team are J.C.Laker, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis, Geoff Dymock, M.Muralitharan, S. Venkatraghavan.
Q54. Tony Greig became the third English cricketer to achieve this feat in 1972 test series and only one other English player did it ever since. What rare feat did Tony Greig achieve and which other English cricketers achieved the same apart from Tony Greig?
He top scored in both innings on Test debut. Other Enlgand players to achieve this record are Edmund Tylecote, George Gunn, Kevin Pietersen.
Q55. During the 1974-75 series England’s captain Mike Denness has done something that no other cricketer has done either before him or ever since. What is it?
Mike Denness took the unusual step of dropping himself from the 4th test match because of poor form. May be Flintoff should contemplate on doing the same in the current Ashes.
Q56. Who in 1974-75 Ashes played test cricket again after missing 62 tests for his country?
Q57. Which Englishman made his Ashes test debut in the first test of the 1975 Series and made his last appearance in Ashes in 1993 at Leeds?
Dickie Bird is the Englishman who made his first and last appearances in Ashes as an Umpire. Googly of the quiz. No one answered this.
Q58. What distinction does the fourth test match of the 1975 series holds in the history of cricket in England?
Longest first class match in England (32:17 hours). England also scored their highest 2nd. Innings total against Australia.
Q59. Which cricketer’s account of 1978/79 Ashes series has chapters named “Sacked”, “Skinned Alive” and “Slaughtered” and what is the title of the book?
GN Yallop, Lambs to the slaughter.
Q60. The 1979/80 series between Australia and England saw the return of all WSC cricketers back to the test scene. It was played with an agreement that Ashes will not be yet stake. That season marked the beginning of a cricket tradition which still continues after 26 years. What is it?
World Series Cup or Tri-Series of ODIs in Australia.
Q61-Q70 : Ashes in 1980s.
Q61. In the centenary test played at Lord’s in 1980, the Australian vice Captain Kim Hughes became only the third cricketer achieve a certain feat. Three more players recorded the same feat in last 25 years. What is this rare feat and who else have registered this feat in test cricket.
Kim Hughes batted on all 5 days of a Test Match - the others who have achieved this feat are:- M.L.Jaishma, G. Boycott, Allan Lamb, Ravi Shastri, Andrew Flintoff. Kim Hughes' record is unique as he also hit a 6 on each day of the test match.
Q62. Which cricketer who played in the 1980 centenary test later ended his life tragically by committing suicide?
David L. Bairstow.
Q63. Which well known name in test cricket has started and ended his test career during the 1981 Ashes?
Trevor M. Chappell.
Q64. During the sixth test match of the 1981 Ashes series, Dirk Welham of Australia hit a century on debut and became the second batsman in the history of test cricket to achieve two different records. He still remains as the last cricketer to have achieved both those records. Whose and what records did he emulate?
GR Viswanath : Century on both Test and first class debut
Harry Graham: Australians to score hundreds while making their Test debut in England.
Q65. What unique distinction does English opener Graeme Fowler, who played his only Ashes tests during the 1982/83 series, hold in the history of cricket which he achieved while playing for Lancashire in 1982.
He is the only batsman to score two complete hundreds in a match with the aid of a runner - he did this for Lancashire v Warwickshire at Southport in 1982.
Q66. This English Cricketer had a more successful career in football playing for Manchester United and his only test appearance during the 1985 Ashes. Incidentally his son too made a single appearance in test cricket 16 year later. Name the father and son.
Arnie Sidebottom – father and Ryan Sidebottom - son.
Q67. This Australian cricketer played his last test during the 1986/87 Ashes. He holds the distinction of being the first player to have batted as night watchman in both innings of a test match. He also headed the first class bowling averages for the Australian team when they toured England in 1993. Name him.
Tim Zoehrer, the Australian reserve Wicket Keeper.
Q68. Which current member of the academy team for England was just one and half year old when his father was fined $500 for showing his anger at getting out in the Bicentenary Test match played at SCG in 1987/88 England’s trip to down under? Name his father and the reason why he was fined.
Stuart Broad. Stuart's father Chris Broad hit the stumps after he was bowled and was fined for showing his anger at being bowled and smashing his stumps down.
Q69. By claiming 41 wickets in the 1989 Ashes Australia’s Terry Alderman achieved a unique distinction. Shane Warne might want to emulate it when he takes on the Englishmen during this winter’s Ashes. What unique record does Terry Alderman holds in the test cricket history?
Q70. This Australian cricketer made his test debut during Australia’s 1989 Ashes campaign and his nephew is now one of the leading batsmen in Australia. Name the uncle and nephew.
Greg Campbell (uncle) and RT Ponting (nephew).
Q71-Q80 : Ashes in 1990s.
Q71. Which Australian cricketer who took couple of catches as substitute during the 1990-91 Ashes went on to play for another country in One Day Internationals?
Q72. England’s victory in the 6th test at The Oval in 1993 Ashes was their first in 7 years. How many Ashes tests did they go winless during that period?
Q73. Which cricketer topped the bowling averages for his country in 1994/95 Ashes later went on to appear in a Television realty show? Also name the show.
Darren Gough & Strictly Come Dancing.
Note: I also got answers Phil Tufnell - I'm a celebrity get me out of here. Mike Whitney – Who Dares Wins. But Darren Gough was the answer I was looking for as he is the one who topped the bowling averages for his country.
Q74. One of the victims of this Australian bowler’s hat-trick went on to perform a hat-trick himself five years later against Australia. Name both of them.
Shane Warne and Darren Gough
Q75. Excluding Steve Waugh what is so unique about the Australian team that toured England in 1997?
No one else had taken part in an Ashes Test Series that Australia lost.
Q76. Which Australian batsman hit three test hundreds on two separate occasions in an Ashes series but could not even hit a first class fifty during their 1997 Ashes tour?
Michael J. Slater.
Q77. What unwanted record does Steve Waugh hold that he achieved in the last Ashes test of the 90s decade?
He has the most scores in the nineties in Test cricket. Most dismissals in the 90s (9).
Q78. This cricketer holds the record as the only player in the history of cricket to have played more than 100 tests in a single decade, which he achieved in 1990s. Name him.
Ian A. Healy.
Q79. Only one player has played in every Ashes test played during the decade of 90s. Name him.
My mistake in framing this question. Two cricketers played in every Ashes test played during the 1990s i.e 1st Jan, 1990 to 31st Dec, 1999. They are Mark Taylor and Ian Healey.
Q80. During the 1990s decade Australia had just two captains in Ashes Tests. How many did England have and who are they?
Four – AJ Lamb, GA Gooch, MA Atherton, AJ Stewart.
Q81-Q90 : Ashes in 2000s.
Q81. In the first Ashes test of the new millennium as many as four Australians and five Englishmen made their Ashes Debut. Name them.
B.Lee, A.Gilchrist, M.Hayden, D.R.Martyn (Australia)
I.J.Ward, U.Afzaal, C.White, A.F.Giles, M.E.Trescothick (England)
Q82. Which cricketer made his test debut during the 2001 Ashes who was earlier when on the verge of test match inclusion on a tour of Sri Lanka but was quarantined for having chicken fox?
Simon M. Katich.
Q83. During the 2001 Ashes England had just three century partnerships in 5 tests. Two of them involved Mark Butcher for the 2nd wicket. Once with Michael Atherton in the 1st test at Birmingham and once with Nasser Hussain in the 4th test at Leeds. Who were involved in the other century stand?
AJ Stewart & AR CAddick, 103 for the last wkt.
Q84. In the final test of the 2001 Ashes played at the Oval Mark Waugh broke a test record which he went on to better later and still holds it. Which test record?
Most number of catches by a non-wicketkeeper . He still holds the record with 181 catches in his test career.
Q85. Australia won both 2001 and 2002-03 Ashes series with the same margin 4-1. Another coincidence is both the series were decided in same number of playing days. How many days did Australia take to retain the Ashes in these series?
Eleven (11) playing days.
Q86. In the first test of the 2002/03 series Australia has done something which they have not done for 10 years in an Ashes test. What is it?
For the first time one of the Waugh twins, Mark Waugh was dropped from the playing eleven and did not play in an Ashes test since his debut.
Q87. Name the cricketer who holds the record for playing most number of tests before making an Ashes test debut, which he did during 2005 Ashes.
Andrew Flintoff with 47 tests.
Q88. Shane Warne took both his 400th and 600th wicket in Ashes tests and Adam Gilchrist caught them on both occasions. Who were his victims?
AJ Stewart & ME Trescothick.
Q89. One of the greatest test matches ever played , the Edgbaston test will go down in the history of Ashes as the closest ever test match finish. However England did something on the first day of that match which eluded them for more than four decades. What is it?
Scored 400 runs on the opening day of a test match. It was the first time in Australia's 493-Test History they had conceded more than 400 runs in a first day of Test cricket.
Q90. What was the name of the substitute who ran out Ricky Ponting during the 2005 Ashes and how many first class matches did he play in 2005 season.
Gary Pratt of Durham. He did not play a single first class match during that season.
Q91-Q100 : Ashes Superlatives.
Q91. Who was the first player in the Ashes to be out stumped?
Alfred Shaw was the first test cricketer to have got out stumped. Blackham was the keeper. It happened in the first ever test at MCG in 1876/77.
Q92. Which bowler holds the record for conceding the most number of runs in an innings of an Ashes Test?
L.O.Fleetwood-Smith (Australia). His figures were 87-11-298-1 in test match at The Oval in 1938.
Q93. What is the highest total in the first innings of an Ashes test for a team that went on to lose the test match?
586 by Australia in the first test at Sydney in 1894-95 Ashes.
Q94. Who holds the record for hitting the fastest fifty in an Ashes test?
JT Brown of Eng, 28 minutes at MCG in 1895. In terms of balls, it is Graham Yallop's 35 ball 50 at Manchester 1981. Gave points to either of the answers.
Q95. Who is the youngest player to have scored a double hundred in an Ashes Test?
Q96. Who is the oldest cricketer to have made his test debut in the Ashes?
James Southerton, in the first ever test match.
Q97. Who holds the record for the slowest hundred in an Ashes test?
MA Atherton, 424 minutes of 326 balls in the 3rd test at Sydney, 1990-91 thus recording the slowest century in Ashes in terms of number of balls taken. Bill Woodfull of Australia holds the record for the slowest hundred in terms of number of balls received (378), which he recorded in the fifth test of the 1928/29 series played at Melbourne. Gave Points to both answers.
Q98. What is the lowest total in an Ashes test which included a hundred?
184 by Australia included a century(123) by MJ Slater in the fifth test at SCG, 1998-99.
Q99. Who holds the record for hitting the least number of hundreds in Ashes in spite of aggregating 1000 or more runs?
Bert Oldfield, AC Bannerman and ME Trescothick. None of them hit a century in an Ashes test in spite of aggregating more than 1000 runs.
Q100. Who was the last batsman to have hit a triple hundred in the Ashes as a captain of his team?
RB Simpson for Australia – 311 at Old Trafford in 1964.