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1 In 1979, at the WACA ground in Perth, Western Australia, fast bowler Dennis Lillee came out to bat. What was unusual about the bat that he had in his hand?
Answer: It was made of aluminium

Cricket bats are usually made from willow, but Dennis decided to use one made of aluminium. It was lighter than usual, and did not work as well, and when the opposing captain, England's Mike Brearly complained that it was damaging the ball, the fireworks started. Lillee refused to back down, and the umpires were bound by the rules (or lack thereof). When Greg Chappell, Australian captain, told his bowler to use a 'real' bat, Lillee threw the 'ComBat' towards the boundary and grudgingly prepared to face the next delivery.

There was no rule specifying the composition of cricket bats at the time, but that oversight was rectified in rather quick time!
  From Quiz: International Cricket, Down Under Style
2 Who was the first player to accumulate 100 runs and take 10 wickets in the same Test match?
Answer: Alan Davidson (AUS)

Alan Davidson scored 44 and 80 plus took 11 wickets in the tied Test between Australia and the West Indies in Brisbane in the 1960-61 series. Ian Botham became the first player to actually score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test match which was against India in 1980. W.G. Grace was the superstar of the late 19th century playing first-class cricket for 44 seasons (1865-1908). Garfield Sobers is considered by many as the greatest all-rounder in Test history with 8032 runs with a top score of 365 not out and taking 235 wickets.
  From Quiz: Aussie Test Cricket History
3 This captain, the first in charge of the national team, led Australia in two 'series' against England in Australia from 1876 to 1879. Who is this captain?
Answer: Dave Gregory

Gregory was born into a cricketing family in 1845 at Fairy Meadow in New South Wales. Primarily a right-hand batsman, he also bowled fast right-arm. England being the only other Test-playing nation at the time and the boat journey taking months, he played only 3 Tests scoring a modest 60 runs at 20, and taking no wickets from 20 balls bowled. Modest statistics indeed, but the first of a line of greats.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket Captains
4 His International debut came on 10th November 1998 against Pakistan in Lahore. Although he was born in England he chose to play for Australia. His nickname is 'Roy'.
Answer: Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds was involved in sledging against Harbhajan Singh (India) during the 2nd Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on 2nd January 2008. Singh was alleged to have called Symonds a 'Monkey'. Singh received a 3-match ban. He was the second most expensive player of the Indian Premier League in 2008-09, playing for the Rajasthan Royals. The other 3 players are born in England and have actually played for England.
    Your options: [ Ray Illingworth ] [ Geoffrey Boycott ] [ Andrew Symonds ] [ Jim Laker ]
  From Quiz: Aussie Cricket Legends
5 Matthew Hayden: 380 v Zimbabwe at the WACA Ground, Perth (2003): This was a world record at the time. How many boundaries (fours and sizes) did Hayden hit in his 622 minute innings?
Answer: 49

Hayden hit 49 boundaries (38 fours and 11 sixes) on his way to 380. He surpassed Brian Lara's previous world record of 375 by 5 runs. Haydens innings and an unbeaten 113 by Adam Gilchrist helped Australia to an enormous total of 6/735 declared and an eventual victory over the Zimbabweans by an innings and 175 runs.
Hayden was the obvious choice for the man of the match award.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket: Ten Classic Innings
6 Glenn McGrath has terrorized many sides, especially England with his bowling skills, but how many ODI runs did McGrath score against England in his career?
Answer: 15

In 33 matches vs England, McGrath has taken 53 wickets and scored 15 total runs (highest 10, average 3). Unlucky for England, he doesn't open the batting.
  From Quiz: Aussie Cricket
7 Which former Australian batsman said the following quote during the 1932-33 "Bodyline" series: "There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not?
Answer: Bill Woodfull

The "Bodyline" series would be a good one to forget about if you support Australia in cricket and if you have heard about this series. Bill Woodfull got hit in the ribs and Bert Oldfield (former Australian wicketkeeper) suffered a fractured skull from a Harold Larwood bouncer. Before the 1970-71 Ashes series in Australia, this series was the last time that England regained the Ashes on Australian soil.
    Your options: [ Bill Woodfull ] [ Archie Jackson ] [ Don Bradman ] [ Jack Fingleton ]
  From Quiz: Australian Test Cricket History
8 What is George Hogg's middle name?
Answer: Bradley

George Hogg is well known was Bradley Hogg. George Hogg was born on 6th February 1971 in Narrogin WA. George Hogg's Test debut was Australia v India at Delhi, 1996/1997.
  From Quiz: Middle Names of Aussie Cricketers
9 Steve Waugh captained the Australian test team from February 1999 through to January 2004. Who took over the captaincy when he retired?
Answer: Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting scored a 96 in his first test innings, the match was between Australia and Sri Lanka in the 1995-96 season.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket Down Under
10 What was remarkable about Keith Miller's first and last Tests?
Answer: They were the only Tests he played against New Zealand and Pakistan

Keith Miller made his debut in Wellington, in 1946 in Australia's only Test match against New Zealand for 27 years. Australia won by an innings. His last Test was against Pakistan in 1956. Australia lost.
  From Quiz: Awesome Aussie All-rounders
11 Which team did Australia play against in the first one-day international cricket match, back in 1971?
Answer: England

The first ODI match was watched by 46,000 spectators in Melbourne in 1971. Australia won by five wickets.
    Your options: [ China ] [ West Indies ] [ India ] [ England ]
  From Quiz: Australian ODI Firsts
12 Which two players opened the West Indian innings throughout the 3 tests against Australia?
Answer: Greenidge and Fredericks

Fredricks scores 224 runs at an average of 37 for the three test series, while Greenidge scores 150 runs at an average of 30.
    Your options: [ Greenidge and Richards ] [ Greenidge and Fredericks ] [ Greenidge and Haynes ] [ Fredericks and Rowe ]
  From Quiz: WSC Super Tests
13 Steve Waugh became famous for getting out when in the 90s. In Perth in 1995 against England however, he wound up 99 not out when tail ender Craig Mcdermott was run out. Mcdermott had a runner. Who was it?
Answer: Mark Waugh

Ironically it was his brother who was running for McDermott.
  From Quiz: The Aussies through the 90s
14 This gangly off-spinner had a great Test debut taking 8 wickets against England in 1986 and scoring 46 not out in Australia's 2nd Innings.
Answer: Peter Taylor

One of Peter's great moments was taking a great one-handed catch to dismiss a rampant Sachin Tendulkar in the 1992 World Cup. Commentator Richie Beanaud's words, "What a catch, what a catch".
    Your options: [ Peter Taylor ] [ Peter Sleep ] [ Tim May ] [ Trevor Hohns ]
  From Quiz: Lesser Known Cricket Greats
15 In which Australian city is the famous Boxing Day test held?
Answer: Melbourne

The Boxing Day test is held every year at the MCG in Melbourne, against the country that is touring Australia at the time.
    Your options: [ Perth ] [ Sydney ] [ Melbourne ] [ Brisbane ]
  From Quiz: The Australian Cricket Team
16 Who set a record when he scored 173 in a one day international for Australia?
Answer: Mark Waugh

Yes, Mark Waugh holds the record at 173 against the West Indies at the MCG, one of the great innings of one day history.
  From Quiz: Aussie Tests/ODI Highest Scores
17 What is Mark and Steve Waugh's birthday?
Answer: 2nd June

Steve and Mark were born on the 2nd June 1965. Steve was born 4 minutes before Mark.
  From Quiz: Aussie Cricketers Birthdays
18 Which team won the 1995-96 Sheffield Shield?
Answer: South Australia

Even though the Final was a draw that's all they needed.
    Your options: [ South Australia ] [ Queensland ] [ New South Wales ] [ Victoria ]
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket
19 Born in 1948, I played 87 tests, scored 7110 runs and took 47 wickets.
Answer: Greg Chappell

And none of his wickets were with under arm deliveries. He just instructed his little brother to bowl those.
    Your options: [ Peter Clark ] [ Ian Chappell ] [ Greg Chappell ] [ Ian Craig ]
  From Quiz: Cricket's ABC: Who Am I?
20 What is Matthew Hayden's middle name?
Answer: Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence Hayden was the opener for this Australian side at this time.
  From Quiz: Middle Names of Players
21 Who was the first cricketer to play Sheffield Shield cricket for 3 different states?
Answer: Graeme Watson

Graeme Watson played for Victoria from 1964-71, then moved to WA for a few seasons before playing his final games for NSW in 1976-77.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket
22 Ricky Ponting is also known as what?
Answer: Punter

It is no secret he doesn't mind a bet or two.
  From Quiz: Nicknames of Cricketers
23 When did Tasmania join the Sheffield Shield competition?
Answer: 1977-78

Tasmania was admitted on a restricted basis (5 games) in 1977-78.
  From Quiz: Australian Domestic Cricket
24 The two top wicket takers for Australia (as of December 2000) share the same middle name, what is it?
Answer: Keith

Pretty easy one to get you started.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket
25 Which player is known as Junior?
Answer: Mark Waugh

Mark is called junior because he is the younger twin.
    Your options: [ Steve Waugh ] [ Mark Waugh ] [ Michael Slater ] [ Brett Lee ]
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket
26 Which player holds the record for having the highest average in Test cricket?
Answer: Don Bradman

In his last Test ever, Don Bradman required four runs to retire with an average of 100 runs per innings. He was dismissed for a duck and retired with an average of 99.94 - 6996 runs in 80 innings!
    Your options: [ Jack Hobbs ] [ Sachin Tendulkar ] [ Garfield Sobers ] [ Don Bradman ]
  From Quiz: That's Not Cricket!
27 Name the player who was run-out by Joe Solomon to record the first tied Test in 1960?
Answer: Ian Meckiff

Ian Meckiff is better known for being called for throwing by Umpire Col Egar during the first Test against South Africa in the 1963-64 series. Benaud was the 8th wicket to fall being caught by the wicket-keeper Gerry Alexander. Grout was the 9th wicket to fall being run-out, and Kline was the not out batsman.
  From Quiz: Aussie Test Cricket History
28 This player captain from 1899 played 34 Tests for Australia, mostly as an opening batsman. He made 4 tours to England, 3 of them as captain, ending his career in 1905. Who is this captain?
Answer: Joe Darling

Joseph "Joe" Darling CBE (21 November 1870-2 January 1946) scored 1657 runs at 28.56, including 3 centuries. His highest score was 178. He played against a new Test cricketing nation at the time, South Africa. His career was interrupted several times, owing to his duties as a farmer. There were no full-time cricketers in those days.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket Captains
29 This Sagittarian was called the 'Fruitfly'. He was mostly famous for sledging during the early 1990s. Can you guess the Aussie?
Answer: Mervyn Hughes

"The National Hero", as we call him. His most notable sledging came in the year 1991 during the Adelaide Test against Javed Miandad of Pakistan. Miandad called Hughes a "Fat Bus Conductor". Hughes dismissed Miandad the very next ball and replied "Tickets Please" while passing by the batsman. Now that's exactly how you reply in cricket. :-)
  From Quiz: Aussie Cricket Legends
30 The opening pair must work as a team within a team. Who is the second opener? I was born in 1900 in Victoria. I am a right hand bat who scored 7 centuries at an average of 48.22 in 29 Tests. My highest score was 267.
Answer: Bill Ponsford

Cricinfo Australia state that Ponsford's brilliant concentration and fitness allowed him to score so heavily. He scored a then record of 437 playing for Victoria, and on one occasion he made 300 in a day contributing to Victoria's record score of 1127. Ponsford was the first player to score two quadruple centuries, and scored many more triple centuries.
  From Quiz: My Australian Test Cricket Team
31 This fast bowler played 70 tests for Australia and took 355 wickets at an impressive average of 23.92. Post-retirement he is known for his work in training young fast bowlers. Who is this great pace bowler?
Answer: Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee is known as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the world. He played for Australia from 1970-1984, playing 70 tests and taking 355 wickets. He had 23 five-wicket hauls and has 7 times taken ten wickets in a match. During his career he had a formidable partner in Jeff Thompson. He reportedly bowled an apple in a first class match in England. Post-retirement, he has worked with the MRF pace foundation in India and has mentored a number of fast bowlers.
  From Quiz: Australian Cricketers
32 In the first innings of the Centenary Test (March 1977) between Australia and England, no Australian batsman reached 50. Which Australian batsman was closest to making 50 and what was the score?
Answer: Greg Chappell, 40

Greg Chappell was the highest scorer on either side in the first innings. He was also Derek Underwood's 250th test wicket in this match. Australia only made 138 in its first innings. Funny enough, everyone thought that England would have had a massive first innings lead, but unbelievably, they only scored 95 in their first innings being behind by 43 runs.
    Your options: [ Greg Chappell, 40 ] [ Rod Marsh, 28 ] [ David Hookes, 25 ] [ Doug Walters, 16 ]
  From Quiz: Australian Test Cricket History
33 Which two Aussie Cricketers have Scott as their middle name?
Answer: Michael Kasprowicz and Darren Lehmann

Michael Kasprowicz was born on 10th February 1972 in South Brisbane, Qld. His Test debut was Australia v West Indies at Brisbane, 1996-1997. Darren Lehmann was born on 5th February 1970, in Gawler SA. Darren's Test debut was Australia v India at Bangalore, 1997-98. Darren Lehmann won the State Player of the Year award at the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Allan Borders Medals.
    Your options: [ Michael Kasprowicz and Darren Lehmann ] [ Nathan Bracken and Simon Katich ] [ Simon Katich and Darren Lehmann ] [ Michael Kasprowicz and Nathan Bracken ]
  From Quiz: Middle Names of Aussie Cricketers
34 Which Australian cricketer was banned from competing at the 2003 one day World Cup?
Answer: Shane Warne

Shane Warne was selected as one of five Wisden cricketers of the century, in 2000.
    Your options: [ Damien Martyn ] [ Michael Clarke ] [ Shane Warne ] [ Jason Gillespie ]
  From Quiz: Australian Cricket Down Under
35 In 2005, Australia A played their first Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Adelaide. Who was in the side but didn't get to bat OR bowl during the match?
Answer: Dominic Thornely

Australia A lost 5 wickets, Thornely was due to come in at the fall of the 6th. Haddin made only 2 runs, Hopes made 8 and bowled 4 overs. Hopes was the only bowler used who did not take a wicket. Williams was not selected.
  From Quiz: Cricket - All about Australia A
36 Three of the four awesome Aussie All-rounders made scores of 99 in Tests. Which one didn't make a 99?
Answer: Richie Benaud

Keith Miller and Mark Waugh made 99's against England and Steve Waugh scored 99 not out also against England. Richie Benaud never made a Test 99, but he did have scores of 100 and 97. Pretty close!
    Your options: [ Richie Benaud ] [ Steve Waugh ] [ Mark Waugh ] [ Keith Miller ]
  From Quiz: Awesome Aussie All-rounders
37 Who, in 2003, became the first Australian to take seven wickets in an ODI match?
Answer: Glenn McGrath

McGrath took seven wickets against Namibia on February 27th. This match was part of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Just four days later, Andy Bichel also took seven wickets against England.
  From Quiz: Australian ODI Firsts
38 The series sees some of the greatest bowlers of the 1970s in action. Which bowler claimed the most wickets in the three Australia versus West Indies Super Tests?
Answer: Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts claims 15 wickets for the series, in addition to removing David Hookes from the series with a broken jaw. Dennis Lillee and Max Walker both claim 10 wickets for the Australians.
    Your options: [ Joel Garner ] [ Andy Roberts ] [ Michael Holding ] [ Dennis Lillee ]
  From Quiz: WSC Super Tests
39 Australia defeated the West Indies in Kingston in 1995, to become the best cricket team in the world. Who took the final catch to mark the victory?
Answer: Mark Taylor

A simple catch at first slip of Shane Warne's bowling.
  From Quiz: The Aussies through the 90s
40 What former milkman became a Test Tearaway?
Answer: Rodney Hogg

He captured 41 England scalps in the 1978-79 Ashes series at 12.85, including 6 dismissals of England veteran Geoff Boycott.
  From Quiz: Lesser Known Cricket Greats
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