Stuart Broad Became the First England Bowler to Take two hat-tricks in Test Cricket

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A hat-trick? Stuart Broad claimed his second Test hat-trick although was not aware of his landmark ©Getty Images

Stuart Broad became the first England bowler to take two hat-tricks in Test cricket, and added his name in the list of unique accomplishment that have done twice in test Cricket. Stuart Broad is only the 4th bowler of all time, as England tore through Sri Lanka’s lower order on the opening day of the Headingly Test # 2126. It was a significant achievement all the same, taking him alongside Australia’s leg spinner Jimmy Matthews (who did it twice in the same match), his fellow Australian Hugh Trumble and Wasim Akram of Pakistan as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. Broad’s previous success came against India at Trent Bridge in 2011. Stuart Broad hat-trick includes Kumar Sangakkara mainstay of Sri Lanka’s innings, for 79, well caught by Ian Bell at gully, and then added Dinesh Chandimal at first slip and Shaminda Eranga, a catch to the keeper, with the first two deliveries of his following over.

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2526Liam Plunkett Jubliant After Taking His Five Wickets Haul Against Sri Lanka

 Liam Plunkett enjoyed making an early impression on his first home ground. Who took the 5 for 64, his first five-wicket haul in Tests, and fully justify his recall with a chest-thrusting and, at times, hostile display.
Sri Lanka in England Test Series – 2nd Investec Test
Test no. 2126 | 2014 season
Played at Headingley, Leeds
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Liam Plunkett took the 5 for 64, his first five-wicket haul in Tests, and fully justify his recall with a chest-thrusting and, at times, hostile display. @ Getty Image

Mark Craig Excellent Test Debut against West Indies

Mark Craig hit his first ball in Test cricket for six. As far as records reveals, no one has ever hit their very first ball in Test cricket for six before, as New Zealand’s Mark Craig did in Kingston. More importantly 6 others players are known to have opened their accounts in Tests with a six but not first ball. Otago’s Mark Craig became the only New Zealander to take eight wickets on his Test debut in Kingston. The previous-best was by another off spinner, Paul Wiseman, who took 7 for 143 on his debut, against Sri Lanka in Colombo in May 1998.

  • Australia’s Eric Freeman in 1967-68.
  • Carlisle Best of West Indies in 1985-86.
  • Zimbabwe’s Keith Dabengwa in 2005.
  • Dale Richards of West Indies in 2009.
  • Bangladesh pair of Shafiul Islam and Jahurul Islam in 2009-10. Both Shafiul and Jahurul started their Test batting careers with two sixes before any other scoring shots.
New Zealand's Mark Craig bowls during the second innings on the fourth day of their first cricket Test match against the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

New Zealand’s Mark Craig bowls during the second innings on the fourth day of their first cricket Test match against the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Shane Shillingford’s 53 Not out Highest No 11 Score’s

Shane Shillingford’s hit five sixes in his rapid 53 not out in Kingston against New Zealand is indeed a record for any No. 11 in a Test, however the previous mark of four was shared by

  • Bill Voce (England v South Africa in Johannesburg in 1930-31),
  • Alan Connolly (Australia v India in Calcutta in 1969-70.
  • Sylvester Clarke (West Indies v Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1980-81.
  • Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan v South Africa in Rawalpindi in 1997-98.
  • Al-Amin Hossain (Bangladesh v Sri Lanka in Mirpur in 2013-14.

Moreover; Shillingford was only the 16th No. 11 ever to score a half-century in a Test cricket, and he got the fifty in just 25 balls a rate beaten only by Jacques Kallis, who reached his fifty in 24 balls for South Africa against Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2004-05. Shillingford was also only the tenth No. 11 to top-score in a Test innings, a list headed by Ashton Agar with his 98 on debut for Australia against England at Trent Bridge in 2013.

Shane Shillingford the first No. 11 to hit five sixes in a Test innings © WICB Media-Randy Brooks Photo

Shane Shillingford the first No. 11 to hit five sixes in a Test innings © WICB Media-Randy Brooks Photo

Joe Root England’s Fourth Youngest Double Centurion

Joe Root is fourth on the list of youngest man to score a double century for England. The other three batsmen have scored double-centuries for England at a younger age than 23-year-old Joe Root, who made 200 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord’s: Len Hutton scored 364 runs v Australia at The Oval in 1938, David Gower scored 200 not out against India at Edgbaston in 1979 and Bill Edrich scored 219 v South Africa in Durban in 1938-39 were all at 22. The only younger batsmen to make Test double-centuries at Lord’s were Don Bradman, who was just 21 when he made his superb 254 the innings he rated the best of all his many masterpieces – for Australia against England in 1930, and Graeme Smith, who was 22 when he hit 259 for South Africa in 2003.

Joe Root England’s Fourth Youngest Double Centurion

Joe Root England’s Fourth Youngest Double Centurion

Both Wicketkeepers scored a century in the same One day international

The match at Lord’s on May 31 2014, when Kumar Sangakkara made 112 for Sri Lanka and Jos Buttler replied with brilliant 121 for England actually provided 5th instance of both wicketkeepers scoring hundreds in the same one-day international. Kumar Sangakkara was involved in two of those as well

  • Against India in Jaipur in October 2005, Kumar Sangakkara made 138 not out and MS Dhoni 183 not out,
  • Then against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2012 Kumar Sangakkara scored 102 and AB de Villiers 125 not out.
  • In Harare in August 2007 de Villiers made 107 for South Africa and Tatenda Taibu 107 not out for Zimbabwe,
  • In a World Cup qualifier in Lincoln in New Zealand Wesley Barresi of the Netherlands smacked 137 not out and Irfan Karim 108 for Kenya.
Both Wicketkeepers scored a century in the same One day international

Both Wicketkeepers scored a century in the same One day international

Wicketkeepers had Scored One-Day International Century for England.

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One-day centuries by England wicketkeepers are rare one, when Jos Buttler with his excellent know of 121 at Lord’s on May 31 2014 was actually the second man to score one. The only other England keeper to reach three figures in an ODI was Alec Stewart, who did it four times including twice in three days in 2000, against Zimbabwe at Edgbaston and West Indies at Trent Bridge. The other hundreds came against Pakistan at The Oval in 1992, and India in Sharjah in 1997. Jos Buttler century took him only 61 balls, the fastest for England in ODIs, beating the Kevin Pietersen 69 balls hundred against South Africa in East London in Feb 2005.

Wicketkeepers had Scored One-Day International Century for England.

Wicketkeepers had Scored One-Day International Century for England.

Cricketers have played Tests for England and Australia against each other?

There’s only one player who has played both for England against Australia and for Australia against England and it was an awfully long time ago, when the qualification rules were bit more elastic. Billy Midwinter was born in Gloucestershire in 1851, but he was taken to Australia at the age of 9. He played for Australia in the very first Test of all, at Melbourne in March 1877. He was very handy all-rounder but he returned to England later that year, and played for Gloucestershire. When an Australian team toured England in 1878 and he played a few games for them – until in a famous incident he was more or less kidnapped by WG Grace, Gloucestershire’s captain, and ‘persuaded’ to turn out for the county. In 1881-82 Billy Midwinter was part of Alfred Shaw’s privately raised team which toured Australia, and played in 4 games now considered Tests before resuming his Australian connections and playing 6 more Tests for them, in 1882-83, 1884 (in England) and 1886-87. Overall Billy Midwinter appeared in 12 Tests, scoring 269 runs at 13.45 and taking 24 wickets at 25.20, with a best return of 5 for 78 in the very first Test of all, at the MCG in 1876-77.

1878 Australian Team and Billy Midwinter sitting in the middle

1878 Australian Team and Billy Midwinter sitting in the middle

Billy Midwinter played Tests for England and Australia.

Billy Midwinter played Tests for England and Australia.

Test captain to score a triple-century

The first captain to score 300 runs in a Test was Australian Bob Simpson who produced a brilliant inning of 311 at Old Trafford in 1964. After that there have been seven further triples by Test captains:

  • Graham Gooch’s 333 for England v India at Lord’s in 1990.
  • Mark Taylor’s 334 not out for Australia v Pakistan in Peshawar in 1998-99.
  • Brian Lara’s 400 not out for West Indies v England in St John’s in 2003-04.
  • Mahela Jayawardene’s 374 for Sri Lanka v South Africa in Colombo in 2006.
  • Younis Khan’s 313 for Pakistan v Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2008-09.
  • Michael Clarke’s 329 not out for Australia v India in Sydney in 2011-12.
  • Brendon McCullum’s 302 for New Zealand v India in Wellington 2013-14.
Bob Simpson the first Test captain to make a triple-hundred, at Old Trafford in 1964 John Dawson  © PA Photos

Bob Simpson the first Test captain to make a triple-hundred, at Old Trafford in 1964 John Dawson © PA Photos

Most Balls Bowled without a Run Being Scored off Him.

At Kingsmead in 1956-57, off spinner Hugh Tayfield bowled 137 consecutive deliveries without a run being scored off him. The South African offspinner ended the first innings of the 3rd Test against England in Durban in 1956-57 with 119 successive dot balls and he finished with figures of 24-17-21-1 and later on he added 18 more in the 2nd innings before finally conceding another run, making a total of 137 dot balls in succession that remains the first-class record. Hugh Tayfield took 8 for 69 in that 2nd innings. Most of Tayfield’s dots were delivered to Trevor Bailey who “confronted him, almost regardless of length, with the dead-bat forward stab”. Tayfield’s record was seriously threatened but not broken in Madras (Currently Chennai) in 1963-64, when the Indian slow left-armer Bapu Nadkarni sent down 131 successive dot balls during the course of his extraordinary analysis of 32-27-5-0 in the first Test against England.

Hugh Tayfield of South Africa bowls against Surrey at The Oval, London, 18th July 1955

Hugh Tayfield of South Africa bowls against Surrey at The Oval, London, 18th July 1955

The Youngest and oldest players to be picked as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year

The annual Wisden accolade, which started in way back 1889, is the oldest individual award in cricket, and perhaps in any sport. Pakistan Mushtaq Mohammad is the youngest player to be picked as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year when he was only 19 when chosen in 1963 for his feats on Pakistan’s tour of England the previous year.

The Youngest and oldest players to be picked as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year @ Getty Image

The Youngest and oldest players to be picked as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year @ Getty Image

Jarmaine Blackwood Fifty on debut.

Jermaine Blackwood’s all-round skills won him a place in the West Indies Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. A half-century on debut from 22-year-old Jermaine Blackwood was the key performance on the third morning, during which West Indies stretched their first-innings lead to 239 in the Trinidad Test.

Jermaine Blackwood cuts off the back foot, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 3rd day, June 18, 2014 @ Getty Image

Jermaine Blackwood cuts off the back foot, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 3rd day, June 18, 2014 @ Getty Image

Sunil Narine became first Bowler in T20 to bowl a Maiden Super Over.

Shahid Afridi Set Anoth Record For Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi has set another record of most matches to leave behind former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at Hambantota 23 Aug 2014. Shahid Afridi broke this record when he started his 379th match against Sri Lanka in Hambantota. Afridi played career 379 ODIs while the world class batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq had played his career 378 matches. Shahid Afridi, age 34, has scored 7619 runs so far in his 378 ODIs while he has taken same 378 wickets. Afridi now involve in 266 international matches win, a record number of win by a Pakistani player, beating Inzamam (265).

West Indies off spinner Sunil Narine became the first bowler in T20 cricket history to bowl a maiden over in a super over. The match was Red Steel versus Guyana Amazon Warriors of the Caribbean Premier League at Providence on Thursday 21 August 2014. Earlier in the day, the Dwayne Bravo-led Red Steel franchise removed the words “Trinidad & Tobago” from their name on a minister’s request. But the name change did not prove enough for the team. The scores were tied after the stipulated 20 overs a side, with Red Steel 118/8 and Guyana Amazon Warriors at 118/9. And then, the Steels came up against the wily spin of Sunil Narine.222

 The highest partnership for the 6th wicket for Pakistan in ODIs

The protagonists efforts of Sohaib Maqsood & Fawad Alam, who added 147 runs for the sixth wicket, in 117 balls against Sri Lanka at Hambantota 23 Aug 2014. This is the record sixth wicket partnership for Pakistan. It is also bring Pakistan back from the dead and drag them over the line with one ball left to play, after all manner of final-over drama. It was only the second time in the last three years that Pakistan had successfully chased a 250-plus target.192031

Shahid Afridi Set Anoth Record For Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi has set another record of most matches to leave behind former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at Hambantota 23 Aug 2014. Shahid Afridi broke this record when he started his 379th match against Sri Lanka in Hambantota. Afridi played career 379 ODIs while the world class batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq had played his career 378 matches. Shahid Afridi, age 34, has scored 7619 runs so far in his 378 ODIs while he has taken same 378 wickets. Afridi now involve in 266 international matches win, a record number of win by a Pakistani player, beating Inzamam (265).
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