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Clarke remains the oldest man to make an ODI debut; he was 47 when Netherlands played New Zealand at the 1996 World Cup. A couple of years earlier, he had smashed 78 in the Netherlands’ nine-wicket trouncing of the touring South Africans.

West Indians who also played for another country

Nice one, Carlin. A quality spell that proved to be decisive in New Zealand’s series win.

Moments from India versus New Zealand Test history

Thanks for sharing your memories, JD.

Interestingly, New Zealand have bowled India out for less than 100 thrice on Indian soil, but all three matches ended in draws: 88 at Bombay in 1964-65, 89 at Hyderabad in 1969-70 as mentioned by you, and 83 at Mohali in 1999-00.

That Wellington Test of 1975-76 also saw a sub-100 total from India, as they were bowled out for 81 in the face of Hadlee’s 7/23. Not surprisingly, Hadlee is the leading wicket-taker in India v New Zealand Tests with 65 scalps at 22.96.

Moments from India versus New Zealand Test history

Nice one. A classic shot indeed.

Moments from India versus New Zealand Test history

Indeed, fantastic knock. The stuff of dreams.

New Zealand's Test wins in England

Thanks for sharing your memories, Tiger.

New Zealand's Test wins in England

Yes, New Zealand have struggled in England over the years. But I feel this time they have a great chance.

New Zealand's Test wins in England

Cheers, Paul. Looking forward to the Test.

New Zealand's Test wins in England

Indeed, should be an exciting contest. Will be rooting for New Zealand against both England and India.

New Zealand's Test wins in England

Thanks for sharing these details, Tiger.

The first World Cup match in the Netherlands

Cheers, Gee.

Rewind to ODI cricket in Berbice

Yes, Sri Lanka were five down for just six runs in the final, which was incredible. It was yet another case of Bangladesh letting the opposition off the hook.

Counting all Bangladesh's ODI wins against Sri Lanka

Yes, Bangladesh should have been able to win the two matches against Pakistan too in the 2012 Asia Cup, especially the final, which was a big opportunity lost.

Counting all Bangladesh's ODI wins against Sri Lanka

Cheers, glad you liked it. Yes, Nortje has been impressive, but Broad, Jamieson and Southee pretty much selected themselves with their remarkable numbers. I am very much looking forward to South Africa v Australia; it always makes for a cracking contest.

Test cricket: 2020 in review

Cummins was strongly considered, but Woakes got the nod ahead of him because of his all-round impact. Similarly, it was hard to fit in Labuschagne. Ashwin over Lyon, again due to higher impact.

Test cricket: 2020 in review

Labuschagne, Babar and Blackwood all made my shortlist, but Woakes’ all-round numbers tempted me to lock him in for number seven.

The 2020 Test team of the year

Cummins and Labuschagne were both considered, but Woakes (impact with both ball and bat) and Crawley (his numbers warranted him a spot) edged them out respectively.

The 2020 Test team of the year

Cheers, Pat. Indeed, the 1973 victory was a strong indication of what was to follow for the best part of the next two decades.

West Indian Test wins in England: Part 2

Indeed, that was the all-conquering team. Marshall’s 35 wickets in the 1988 series remains a West Indian record. The result against Australia at home was 3-0 in five Tests though, not 5-0 (the first two Tests were drawn). In Australia, it was 3-1.

West Indian Test wins in England: Part 4

Indeed. Some real heavyweights in those West Indian teams. Sobers of course the superstar, plus the likes of Hunte, Kanhai, Butcher, Worrell and Nurse forming a potent batting line-up. Hall and Griffith as a fiery pace duo were as good as any on their day, and if they did not get you, then the parsimonious Gibbs surely did.

West Indian Test wins in England: Part 1

Taylor and Sleep were both edged out by Such for the spinner’s spot.

An international XI of Peters

Honorary team member would be Peter, the Lord’s cat (1950-1964), who has been the only animal to have had its obituary featured in Wisden.

An international XI of Peters

Yes, there is some issue. I am reproducing the eleven here:

Aaron Finch (Australia)
Jack Heron (Zimbabwe)
Stork Hendry (Australia)
Martin Crowe (New Zealand, captain)
Aminul ‘Bulbul’ Islam (Bangladesh)
Robin Uthappa (India, wicketkeeper)
Ilyas Gull (Hong Kong)
Jackson Bird (Australia)
Joe Partridge (South Africa)
Mason Crane (England)
Glenn ‘Pigeon’ McGrath (Australia)

I had gone with actual spellings of birds, whether actual name or nickname. Hence, near-misses like Umar Gul and Graeme Swann were ruled out. In case of Crowe, it is his first name that qualified, as martin is a bird.

High flyers? An Avian XI

Interesting read. I had compiled an Avian XI two years ago, which was quite distinct from your side. Here’s the link: http://www.holdingwilley.com/article/the-diary/cricket-avian-xi

High flyers? An Avian XI

Nice one, that is quite a formidable team indeed.

An international XI of Davids

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