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1 Sir John (Jack) Hobbs scored the most first-class hundreds of any cricketer. He played for Surrey (1905-1934). He was christened John B. Hobbs. What does the "B" stand for?
Answer: Berry

Jack was the eldest of 12 children and his parents were John & Flora Hobbs. His mother's maiden name was Berry.
He score 199 hundreds in 834 first-class matches.
  From Quiz: 100 Hundreds in First Class Cricket
2 It was on New Year's Day that Shahid Afridi's 17 year old record for the fastest century in ODIs was broken under quite bizarre circumstances. Who smashed this 36 ball century?
Answer: Corey Anderson

New Zealand faced the West Indies in the 3rd ODI of the series at Queenstown. The match was reduced to 21-overs-a-side game due to rain. Those who braved the inclement weather and stayed for the match were in for a treat as New Zealand posted 283 runs in just 21 overs with Corey Anderson scoring the fastest ODI century ever in 36 balls. His partner in crime was Jesse Ryder who hit the sixth fastest century in ODIs. West Indies could just manage 124 runs in reply, not even managing to score as much as Anderson did who ended up scoring 131 in just 51 balls. This was a fantastic beginning to the new year for the world of cricket.
  From Quiz: Memorable Events On The Cricket Field : 2014
3 I've just been bowled a "beamer." What part of my body should I be worried about?
Answer: Head

A "beamer" is a delivery that reaches the batsman at head height without bouncing. This delivery is illegal and will normally be called as a "no ball." If an individual bowler bowls two beamers in one inning, he can be barred from bowling for the rest of the innings.
  From Quiz: Googly, Wrong 'Un or Bosie
4 Jeff Crowe played cricket for New Zealand between 1983 and 1990. His younger brother also represented their country, with even greater success. What was his name?
Answer: Martin

Their father, Dave, had played first class cricket between 1983 and 1958, but was outshone by both his sons. Jeff had been playing in Australia, but returned to his home country to play for them. Martin represented New Zealand from 1982 until his retirement in 1996, having captained the team in the early part of the 1990s. The brothers are cousins to the actor, Russell Crowe.
  From Quiz: Flying to the Boundary
5 How many overs are there in each innings of a One Day International?
Answer: 50

One Day International matches are also called Limited Overs Internationals. One Day Internationals are played between two teams.
  From Quiz: Basic Cricket
6 Who was the 400th Australian Test cricketer to get the 'Baggy Green'?
Answer: Brad Haddin

A 'Baggy Green' is the green coloured cap that is given to an Australian cricketer on his Test debut. Bradley James Haddin got his cap in 2008, when he was called in as a replacement for Adam Gilchrist.
  From Quiz: Cricket Masala!
7 What is a leg-bye?
Answer: When the ball bounces off your pad and you run.

A leg-bye is added to your team's score but not to your personal score.
  From Quiz: The Dying Sport of Cricket?
8 All cricketing positions are defined in reference to one person. Who is this critical participant in the game?
Answer: batsman

As the batsman stands at one end of the pitch waiting to attempt to hit the ball, all field positions are defined in relationship to him. Leg (or on) side positions are on the same half of the field as his body, while off side positions are in the other half of the field. This means that the names for specific spots on the ground are not fixed - the batsman will sometimes be at one end of the pitch, sometimes at the other end, which reverses on and off sides. And a left-handed batsman stands on the other side of the stumps to bat, which again reverses the on and off sides. Confused yet? Wait, there's more!

Throughout this quiz, all players will be referred to as 'he' because 'he/she' is awkward, and I hate using 'they' when referring to a single person, however politically correct it is becoming to do so. This is not to ignore the many women who play cricket, and to whom all these comments equally apply.
  From Quiz: Where Is That, Captain?
9 Who was the first cricketer to surpass 17,000 runs in ODI Cricket?
Answer: Sachin Tendulkar

He achieved this feat against Australia in Hyderabad in November 2009. He went on to score 175 off 141 balls. But at the end, India lost that match by just 3 runs.
  From Quiz: Cricketing Firsts
10 Which team won the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2009 ?
Answer: Ireland

Ireland won the World Cup Qualifier against Canada by nine wickets . This win helped Ireland to qualify for the 2011 World Cup .
    Your options: [ USA ] [ Scotland ] [ Ireland ] [ The Netherlands ]
  From Quiz: All About Cricket
11 The wicket-keeper is a key fielder in the game of cricket. The wicket-keeper usually stands behind the stumps. But can the wicket-keeper take his position in front of the stumps?
Answer: No

According to Law 40 (3) of the game, "The wicket-keeper shall remain wholly behind the wicket at the striker's end from the moment the ball comes into play.." The wicket-keeper has to remain behind the stumps and cannot take position before the stumps. He can come before the stumps after the delivery is bowled and either played or missed by the batsman.
  From Quiz: Fielding in Cricket
12 A is for Ashes. The test matches played between two nations are referred to as The Ashes. Which are these two teams?
Answer: England and Australia

The test series played between England and Australia is referred to as 'the Ashes'. When Australia first beat England in 1882, the frustrated English supporters burnt the bails and stored the ashes in an urn. A replica of this urn is awarded to the winning team whenever these two countries play test cricket.
    Your options: [ India and Pakistan ] [ England and Australia ] [ Australia and New Zealand ] [ England and West Indies ]
  From Quiz: A-Z Cricket
13 If a bowler bowls an unplayable ball at the batsman, it is often described as what sort of a fruity ball?
Answer: Jaffa

  From Quiz: The Secret Language of Cricket
14 Wasim Akram comes in and bowls to a tail end batsman, the ball comes zooming in at the batsman's toe breaking it. What kind of delivery did Akram bowl?
Answer: Yorker

The Yorker is a fast delivery bowled full length, which pitches on or very close to the popping crease (near to the batsman's bat). If it hits the toe, it can be very painful, as many a batsman who faced the yorkers bowled by Wasim Akram discovered. If the batsman misses a yorker, he is usually bowled.
  From Quiz: Cricketing Deliveries (Bowling)
15 The bowler bowls the ball, it hits the batsman's pads, and the bowler turns to the umpire and screams something that sounds like "Zaaaaart!". What is he actually asking the umpire?
Answer: How is that? (howzat)

Offically, under the laws of the game, the bowling team must "appeal" to the umpire to make a decision on whether the batsman is out or not. This appeal should be worded "How is that?", and the umpire then decides whether the batsman is out or not - usually in the case of an LBW, but also for some catches, run outs and stumpings.

"How is that?" has become shortened to "Howzat?" over the years, although to the casual listener, it probably sounds a lot more like a strangulated cry of pain - which can only be alleviated by the umpire's positive decision in his favour.
  From Quiz: The Sounds of Cricket
16 If the batsman hits the ball over the boundary, without bouncing, he scores "a maximum". What is the "maximum" runs that is scored when this happens?
Answer: 6

A six is scored if the ball is hit over the boundary without bouncing, or "on the full". If the ball bounces before crossing the boundary, a four is awarded. Otherwise, the batsmen can score runs (usually 1,2 or 3) by hitting the ball to the outfield, and completing a "run" - essentially, this means both batsmen running the length of the wicket.
  From Quiz: The Numbers of Cricket
17 Traditionally, before the advent of coloured clothing in one day cricket, both teams would wear kit of predominantly which colour?
Answer: White

Lots of good practical reasons for this - it's the easiest background to see a dark ball against, it's a sensible colour to wear in the sun (which is supposed to shine in the summer, when cricket is played!), and most shirts only came in white anyway in the early days of cricket.
    Your options: [ Black ] [ White ] [ Green ] [ Red ]
  From Quiz: The Colours of Cricket
18 Cricket is about hitting a ball with a bat. What material is the bat made of?
Answer: Wood

The main part of the bat has always been made of willow. These days, the handle is made of cane, spliced into the main body of the bat, and usually covered with a rubber or string "grip".
  From Quiz: Very Basics of Cricket: Pt. 1
19 In cricketing terms what is a leg stump?
Answer: The part of the wicket nearest to the batsman

The term 'wicket' can be very misleading in cricket. In this case it refers to the five pieces of wood which the bowler is trying to hit and the batsman is trying to defend. The three uprights are called stumps and the two shorter pieces across the top are called bails. The stump nearest the batsman's legs is called the leg stump. the one furthest away is called the off stump and the one in the middle is called (imaginatively) the middle stump. 'Wicket' can also mean the dismissal of a batsman e.g, "The bowler has taken five wickets today", and confusingly can also mean the 22 yard strip of pitch that most of the action takes place on. A wicket can be said to be either fast or slow depending on the speed that the ball bounces off it after hitting the surface.
  From Quiz: Do You Know Cricket Terms?
20 What was special about B.S. Chandrasekhar's hand?
Answer: He had Polio

Even though he had polio, he became one of the best bowlers for India and took 242 wickets in his illustrious career.
  From Quiz: Cricket Facts
21 When we speak of a batsman getting a 'ton', what does it mean?
Answer: He has scored 100+ runs

100+ runs is also called a 'century'.
  From Quiz: Cricket Jargon
22 Who was the first batsmen to score 30 Test match centuries?
Answer: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar scored 34 centuries for India over the course of his 17 year career. Don Bradman was the previous record holder, scoring 28 centuries for Australia in 52 Test matches. Sachin Tendulkar has scored 33 centuries, and Lara holds the record for highest individual Test innings scoring 400 not out against England at St. John's, Antigua.
  From Quiz: The Game of Cricket
23 When he scored a century in his last test appearance, who became the first person to score a century on debut and in his last test match?
Answer: Greg Chappell

He scored 182 against Pakistan in his last test appearance in Sydney in 1984. Australia won the match by 10 wickets.
  From Quiz: Cricket History: Part 2
24 How many wickets did Kumble take in his test debut?
Answer: Three

He took 3/105 in the first innings and none in the second. He took the wickets of Lamb, Fraser and Morris.
  From Quiz: Cricket Mania #2
25 For which international team has batsman Mahela Jayawardene played for?
Answer: Sri Lanka

Probably the most technically correct batsman on the Sri Lankan team, Jayawardene is also able to bowl handily, especially in one-day internationals.
    Your options: [ Sri Lanka ] [ Pakistan ] [ India ] [ Bangladesh ]
  From Quiz: Average Cricket
26 Cricket legend Don Bradman, and considered by many to be the best our sport has seen, was born in which city?
Answer: Cootamundra

Born in Coodamundra, Don moved to Bowral at an early age, and was later known as the boy from Bowral.
    Your options: [ Mittagong ] [ Bowral ] [ Cootamundra ] [ Sydney ]
  From Quiz: Cricket: The Sport of Gentleman
27 What sport involves teams of 11 (and a 12th man), and two sets of stumps on a pitch?
Answer: Cricket

Of course the answer is cricket, considering my quiz is about cricket. It originated in England and has a following in many of the Commonwealth countries such as Australia.
  From Quiz: Assorted Cricket
28 Which two players had the highest scoring partnership at the Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka in 2000?
Answer: M S Atapattu and S T Jayasuriya (SRL)

Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya opening the batting with a partnership of 193 runs.
    Your options: [ D P M Jayawardene and A Ranatunga (SRL) ] [ M S Atapattu and S T Jayasuriya (SRL) ] [ Saeed Anwar and Yousaf Yohana ] [ Younis Khan and Wasim Akram (PAK) ]
  From Quiz: Cricket Fun
29 Who was the first Australian bowler to take 400 test wickets?
Answer: Shane Warne

A famous player, the best bowler of spin ever and someone who can come through adversity with flying colours. Shane Warne bowled Jacques Kallis at the SCG, the same match which he bowled his 300th wicket, and ended up with 11 wickets for the match.
  From Quiz: Famous Cricketing Records
30 An attempt at a cut shot, which hits the bottom edge of the bat and travels into the area behind square leg.
Answer: French Cut

Also known as a 'Chinese Cut' or a 'Harrow Drive'. Usually an attempted attacking shot, which will leave the fielding side looking at you with 'admiring' glances.
    Your options: [ Spanish Cut ] [ French Cut ] [ Italian Cut ] [ Portuguese Cut ]
  From Quiz: Cricketing Terms
31 Who set a record for the highest individual score in one day cricket when he finished with 194?
Answer: Saeed Anwar (Pakistan)

Saeed Anwar scored 194 against India in the 1997 Independence Cup, breaking the previous record of 189 by Vivian Richards.
  From Quiz: Cricket Landmarks
32 Who became Australia's wicket keeper after the retirement of Ian Healy?
Answer: A. Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist took over the wicket keeping job from Ian Healy, and became Australia's one day and test wicket keeper.
  From Quiz: New Age World Cricket
33 What is Anil Kumble's nickname?
Answer: Jumbo

Anil Kumble is the Indian who can display the 'Googly', very well.
  From Quiz: Cricket
34 Who was the first cricketer from the sub-continent to score 100 hundreds in first class cricket.
Answer: Zaheer Abbas(PAK)

Zaheer Abbas spanned a first-class cricketing career from 1965 - 1987. He scored 108 first-class hundreds and finished with a first-class average of 51.54. Mohammad Azharuddin scored 54 hundreds and Majid Khan 73. Sachin Tedulkar made 81 first class hundreds (and 100 international hundreds).
    Your options: [ Majid Khan (PAK) ] [ Sachin Tendulkar (IND) ] [ Zaheer Abbas(PAK) ] [ Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) ]
  From Quiz: 100 Hundreds in First Class Cricket
35 Who is the New Zealand medium pace bowler that played four Test matches for his country and, as a result of his name, earned the sobriquet "Senator"?
Answer: Robert Kennedy

Robert John Kennedy made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 1996 and acquitted himself well in their opponent's first innings, taking three wickets for 28 runs. A miserly bowler, he was able to extract movements both ways through the air. However, the pressures of playing at the highest level soon impacted on his control and he faded from New Zealand's senior team after only four Tests and seven One Day Internationals. He retired with 91 first class wickets to his name with a best haul of six wickets for 61 runs.

Robert Francis Kennedy was the brother of US President, John F. Kennedy and was the Democratic senator for New York. He was assassinated in June 1968.
  From Quiz: Mission Impossible
36 Graeme Swann made his debut in England's Test cricket team in 2008. What was his primary role?
Answer: Spin bowler

Since making his debut, Swann has established himself as a key member of England's squads in both Test matches and one day matches. He played in the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, which England won. Swann also played in the Ashes Test series (against Australia) of 2009 (in England) and 2010/11 (in Australia) both won by England. In the official ICC Player Rankings, Swann was placed at number two in December 2010, with only South Africa's fast bowler Dale Steyn ranked above him.
  From Quiz: Flying to the Boundary
37 In the One Day Internationals, a bowler can bowl a maximum of __________ overs.
Answer: 10

In Tests, a bowler may bowl unlimited overs, and in T20 a bowler may bowl a maximum of 4 overs.
    Your options: [ 25 ] [ 10 ] [ 5 ] [ Unlimited ]
  From Quiz: Basic Cricket
38 One of the most common modes of dismissal for a batsman in cricket is to have hit the ball into the air, and have it caught by a fielder before it hits the ground. When this happens, how is the batsman said to have been dismissed?
Answer: Caught

For the batsman to be out "caught", he must have hit the ball with his bat or with his hand (including the batting glove) while holding the bat, and the ball must be caught before it has touched the ground. Batsmen playing a defensive stroke often try to hit the ball down into the ground near their feet, to avoid being caught. Fielders close to the wicket can often be seen making spectacular leaps through the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
  From Quiz: Howzat?
39 Only one fielding player wears gloves, as he crouches to field near the batsman. What is the name for his position?
Answer: wicketkeeper

The wicketkeeper must stand behind the stumps, to field the balls that the batsman misses (and sometimes those that he deflects, rather than hitting them properly). It is up to him to decide exactly how close he will stand, and whether he is going to crouch or stand in his position; the decision is based on his judgment about how the next ball is going to be delivered. There is a position called long stop, but it is a long way behind the keeper, on or near the boundary of the field. Catcher and shortstop are baseball positions.
  From Quiz: Where Is That, Captain?
40 Who was the first players to take 700 test wickets?
Answer: Shane Warne

Though Muttiah Muralidaran surpassed Warne's record of most test wickets (708), it was Warne who was the first one to take 700 wickets. His 700th wicket was Andrew Strauss, who had got bowled to Warne.
  From Quiz: Cricketing Firsts
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