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  • 05 May
    How many people have been run out in their first Test innings, like Callum Ferguson was in Hobart? asked Michael Rabinowitz from Australia Australias newcomer Callum Ferguson was actually the 91st Test debutant to be run out in his first innings, during the second match against South Africa in Hobart last week. He was the tenth from Australia, but the first since Julien Wiener against England in Perth in 1979-80. The first from anywhere was also an Aussie - their captain Dave Gregory, in the first-ever Test innings, against England at Melbourne in 1876-77. Abdul Kadir (Pakistan v Australia in Melbourne, 1964-65) and Gordon Greenidge (West Indies v India in Bangalore, 1974-75) both made it into the nineties in their maiden Test innings before falling this way. Jack Ryder, a future Australian captain, was uniquely run out in both innings of his Test debut, against England in Sydney in 1920-21.Australia were 8 for 4 in the second Test. Have they ever made a worse start to a Test innings? asked Allan Alexander from the United States Australias 8 for 4 on the first morning of the second Test against South Africa in Hobart was their worst start to a Test innings since 1936-37, when they dipped to 7 for 4 on a wet pitch in the second innings of the Ashes Test in Brisbane. Australia had also been 7 for 4 at Old Trafford in 1896, and at The Oval in 1888. New Zealand were 7 for 4 in their second innings against South Africa in Centurion in August this year, as were Bangladesh against India in Dhaka in 2007. India were 6 for 4 (and then 6 for 5) against England at The Oval in 1952, while England crashed to 5 for 4 against Australia in Melbourne in 1903-04. And England were 2 for 4 in Michael Vaughans first Test, against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1999-2000. But the worst start of them all was suffered by India, earlier in their 1952 series against England: with Fred Trueman steaming in on his debut, the Indians uniquely declined to 0 for 4 in their second innings at Headingley.I believe that Brian Close was the oldest one-day international player when he died last year. Whos the oldest surviving one now? asked George Warner from EnglandBrian Close, who captained England in three one-day internationals in 1972, was 84 years 202 days old when he passed away in September 2015. The oldest survivor now is one of Closes old Yorkshire team-mates, Ray Illingworth: he is now also 84, having been born in June 1932. Left-arm spinner PG Nana, who played for East Africa in the first World Cup in 1975, is now 83, while the West Indian offspinner Lance Gibbs is 82. There are currently three other 80-year-old ODI players - a distinguished trio: Rohan Kanhai, Bob Simpson and Garry Sobers. For the full list of the oldest survivors, click here.Moeen Ali was stranded on 99 not out at the end of the first day of the first Test against India. How many people have suffered this fate? asked Karun Mughal from India By ending the first day of the first Test in Rajkot one short of a century, Moeen Ali became the 13th batsman to end a day 99 not out in a Test. Two men did it twice: Glenn Turner of New Zealand (against Pakistan in Dacca in 1969-70, and Australia in Christchurch in 1973-74) and Pakistans Mudassar Nazar (against India in Bangalore in 1979-80 and Lahore in 1982-83). Moeen was the fifth Englishman to do it, after Jack Hobbs (v Australia in Adelaide, 1924-25), Wally Hammond (v South Africa in Durban, 1938-39), Allan Lamb (v West Indies at Lords, 1988) and Graeme Hick (v India at Bombay, 1992-93). Turner (at Dacca), Hick and Gerry Gomez (West Indies v India at Delhi, 1948-49) were stuck on 99 not out before they had scored a Test century. To complete the list, the others were Greg Chappell (Australia v England in Melbourne, 1979-80), Javed Miandad (Pakistan v England in Birmingham, 1992), Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka v Bangladesh in Colombo, 2001-02), Hashim Amla (South Africa v Australia in Perth, 2012-13), and Faf du Plessis (South Africa v West Indies in Port Elizabeth, 2014-15). The good news is that what was probably a bad nights sleep didnt seem to affect anyone: in all 15 cases the batsman reached three figures next morning. Atapattu even went on to score 201. Rangana Herath recently took his 350th Test wicket. Is he the oldest man to get there? asked Mahinda de Silva from Sri LankaRangana Heraths 350th Test wicket came during the course of his match-winning haul of 13 for 152 for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in Harare last week. Herath was 38 years 236 days old when he reached 350, making him the oldest of the 23 men to have reached that landmark so far. The previous oldest was Imran Khan, who was 15 days past his 37th birthday in December 1989. The youngest to reach 350 is Muttiah Muralitharan, aged 29 years 144 days in September 2001; the only other bowler to reach 350 before turning 30 is Harbhajan Singh, in February 2010.Has any Test cricketer had the misfortune to die on his birthday? asked Keith Jones from England I think the only Test cricketer to suffer this unfortunate fate was the exciting Barbadian allrounder Keith Boyce, who featured in the first World Cup final in 1975 as well as in 21 Tests for West Indies between 1970-71 and 1975-76. Apart from being an attacking batsman and a nippy fast bowler, Boyce also possessed perhaps the fastest, flattest throw from the outfield yet seen. He was born on October 11, 1943, and sadly died on his 53rd birthday in 1996.Post your questions in the comments below Cheap Jordan 3 Australia .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. Air Jordan 3 Retro Australia . Andreas Johnson had a goal and two assists while Jacob de la Rose also scored for Sweden (2-0-0). Esa Lindell and Rasmus Ristolainen replied for Finland (1-1-0) Lindell opened the scoring for Finland just 41 seconds into the game, but the hosts quickly regained their composure and tied the score less than four minutes later on Wennbergs first of the game. . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Cheap Jordan 3 Australia Sale . 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GENEVA -- Belgium enjoyed an eight-goal rout in World Cup qualifying on Sunday, and Cristiano Ronaldo managed just two -- and missed a penalty -- as Portugal also won.Belgium, which beat Estonia 8-1, and Switzerland extended their perfect starts to join Germany as the only European teams with four straight wins on the road to Russia.Switzerlands 2-0 win over the Faeroe Islands ensured it stayed top in Group B from prolific Portugal, which beat Latvia 4-1. The European champion has 16 goals in its past three matches, including seven for Ronaldo.Still, Belgiums 21-goal tally is Europes best, and Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were both on target in Brussels.Two big names returned to the scoresheet for the Netherlands in a 3-1 win at Luxembourg. Arjen Robben was playing his first international game this year, and Memphis Depay scored twice.Only group winners advance direct to the 2018 World Cup finals, and four runners-up will go to Russia through a playoff round.Here is what happened on Sunday:---GROUP AThe Netherlands closed the gap on leader France only after conceding a goal to Luxembourg for the first time in 53 years.Arjen Robben returned to national duty after a year sidelined by injuries with a trademark goal in the 36th minute, cutting in from the right and shooting low into the far corner.The Bayern Munich wingers return was ended after only 45 minutes, by which time Luxembourg had leveled from the penalty spot through defender Maxime Chanot.Its a great shame, said Robben, who was advised not to take risks with a small cramp. I wanted to play.Robbens replacement, Memphis Depay, took his chance to score twice. Out of favor with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Depay headed club teammate Daley Blinds cross for the go-ahead goal. Depay then scored late with a curling free kick.Also Sunday, Ivelin Popov scored after 10 minutes as Bulgaria beat Belarus 1-0 in Sofia.France, which beat Sweden 2-1 on Friday, leads by three points from the Dutch. Sweden is third on goal difference.---GROUP BIt was an eventful evening for Cristiano Ronaldo in Faro.He scored one penalty in the first half, missed another in the second, scored again, and struck the Lattvia crossbar with a late header in Portugals 4-1 win.ddddddddddddAfter Ronaldos 59th-minute spot-kick struck a post and bounced away off the goalkeepers legs, Latvia even leveled in the 67th through substitute Arturs Zjuzins.Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma then crossed for William Carvalho to restore the lead and Ronaldo make the win safe with a volley. Defender Bruno Alves added a fourth in stoppage time.Leader Switzerland was often labored in beating the Faeroe Islands 2-0, with goals in each half from recalled forward Eren Derdiyok and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Swiss, which beat a Portugal team without Ronaldo in September, is three points clear.Earlier, third-placed Hungary beat Andorra 4-0 and has seven points before traveling to play Portugal in March. Then, Switzerland will be favored to beat Latvia at home.---GROUP HWhile group leader Belgium was crushing Estonia, the dramatic tension unfolded in Athens.A last-gasp goal by Giorgos Tzavelas allowed Greece to keep its grip on second place with a fiery 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina.Both teams ended the game with 10 men, with Kyriakos Papadopoulos getting a red card for striking Edin Dzeko -- in his attempts to wrestle the ball away -- and Dzeko getting a second yellow card for pulling Papadopoulos shorts down.Bosnia, which dominated most of the game, led in the 33rd when Miralem Pjanics free-kick bounced off the right post and then goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis back before finding the net.Tzavelas scored with a blistering shot outside the area in the fifth minute of stoppage time after Bosnias defense only half-cleared a long throw-in.Greece trails Belgium by two points before the teams meet in Brussels on March 25.Belgium followed up its 6-0 win over Gibraltar by going three up in 25 minutes in Sunday, through Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens and Hazard. Estonia reduced the deficit before half time.Belgium added five more in the second half, including a second for Mertens and two late goals for Lukaku.Cyprus beat Gibraltar 3-1 in the groups other game. ' ' '