Special Sub-Topic: Cricket - Just for Openers
|Born New Years Eve 1958, I played 50 Tests for Australia between 1985 and 1992, scoring 2854 runs at an average of 33.18. I later went on to coach Australia. Who am I? |
Geoff Marsh. Marsh was also the coach of Zimbabwe when another Aussie opener, Matt Hayden, scored a World Record 380 against Zimbabwe at Marsh's home ground in Western Australia. Hayden's record was broken by Brian Lara a few months later when he scored 400.
|Which pair opened the batting in Bangladesh's first Test innings in November 2000?|
Shahriar Hossain & Mehrab Hossain. Hasibul Hossain opened the bowling, not the batting in that match. Habibul Bashar batted at number three. Shahriar Hossain (12 runs) and Mehrab Hossain (four runs) shared an opening partnership of 10. India went on to win the match by nine wickets.
|In 2000, I made 66 and 38 not out when I opened the batting with Michael Atherton on debut against the West Indies at Old Trafford. My efforts were to no avail in a rain-effected draw. Who am I? |
Marcus Trescothick. Atherton (1 & 28) was the only opener not score a half-century in that match. Trescothick was first, then both Sherwin Campbell (55) and Adrian Griffith (54) followed suit in the West Indies second dig.
|Which Indian opener blasted a double century against Australia at the MCG when legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne made his debut with unflattering figures of 1/150 from 45 overs in 1992?|
Ravi Shastri. Shastri was Warne's only wicket for the match caught by Victorian teammate Dean Jones for 206. Sachin Tendulkar made 148 not out and Shastri's opening partner, Sidhu, scored a duck.
|Who am I? I made my debut in the same match as the brilliant Sir Richard Hadlee in 1973, but was unable to bat due to an injury whilst fielding. I went on to play 36 Tests for New Zealand and opened the batting in nine of them.|
John Parker. Parker was Vice-captain to Turner in Pakistan and India in 1976-77, and led his country in one match, against Pakistan at Karachi. The only game in a 3 Test series that Pakistan didn't win. It was a draw.
|Arguably one of the greatest Pakistani cricketers in the history of the game, Imran Khan scored 137 and took 5 wickets in the only match where he opened the batting in 1989.|
f. Imran never opened the batting for Pakistan. The highest he ever batted was number four.
|This South African captain opened the batting for another country in the 80s before playing 16 Tests for his home nation in the 90s. He opened the batting in 5 of those matches.|
Kepler Wessels. Wessels opened for Australia in 17 Tests between 1982 and 1986. Hudson, Cronje and Pollock have never played for another country, and of those Hudson is the only recognised opening batsman.
|Muttiah Muralitharan was the first Sri Lankan to take 500 Test wickets. Is it True that Roshan Mahanama made a half century in each innings of Murali's debut Test in 1992 against Australia?|
n. No. Mahanama made 69 in the 2nd innings but only 14 in the 1st. His opening partner Hathurusingha 67 in the 1st and almost made the double scoring 49 in the 2nd innings.
|Who opened the batting for the West Indies in Clive Lloyd's last Test as Captain back in 1984/85?|
Gordon Greenidge & Desmond Haynes. Greenidge and Haynes were a dynamic opening pair in the West Indies halcyon days of the 80s. Unfortunately in Big Clive's last Test they could only manage partnerships of 26 & 7 as Australia won by an Innings and 55 runs.
|Which of the following players scored a double century for Zimbabwe in that country's historic first Test victory over Pakistan in 1995?|
Grant Flower. Grant Flower made an unbeaten 201 as Zimbabwe racked up a mamoth total of 4 (dec.) for 544. Grant's brother Andy was Captain and made 156, Guy Whittall made an unbeaten 113 and fellow opener Mark Dekker made 2. Pakistan lost by an innings and 64 runs. Grant & Andy Flower shared the Man of the Match award.
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