Quiz about A Quickie World Tour
Quiz about A Quickie World Tour

A Quickie World Tour Trivia Quiz


Some famous quick bowlers from the world of cricket - with the aid of the clues, and a bit of Geographical knowledge, you should be able to score highly with these swift practitioners!

A multiple-choice quiz by huw27. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
huw27
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
292,835
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1500
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: Guest 1 (7/10), ozzz2002 (8/10), Guest 58 (9/10).
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1. This left arm quickie was born in 1966 in the Punjab - as well as taking 414 wickets, he also had a top score in tests of 257 not out. Don't mix him up with his right-armed partner! Who is he? Hint

Waqar Younis
Wasim Akram
Kapil Dev
Jason Gillespie

2. This fast bowler, rated by the ICC ratings as the most effective quickie of all times, made his Test debut whilst still playing club cricket, played all of his 27 Tests against only two countries, and ended up taking 49 wickets for Wales whilst he was in his 50's - who is this famous speedster? Hint

Dennis Lillee
Harold Larwood
Don Shepherd
S.F. "Syd" Barnes

3. This gentleman fast bowler was educated at Oxford University, and was married for a while to the daughter of a billionaire knight of the realm. He is now probably better known as a politician, although the high spot of his cricketing career was leading his country to their first ever World Cup victory in 1992 - who is he? Hint

Sir Gary Sobers
Imran Khan
Majid Khan
Merv Hughes

4. Born in Phalaborwa, he reached 100 wickets in only his 20th Test match, although he spent almost 2 years in the Test wilderness after his debut as a 21 year old in 2004. He played for Bangalore in the inaugural IPL, as well as having two stints in English county cricket - who is he? Hint

Lasith Malinga
Irfan Pathan
Dale Steyn
Mitchell Johnson

5. This quickie's given christian names are Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda. He was born in Mattumagala, has represented club/ state sides in three different countries - and scored his maiden Test century in his 97th Test! Who is he? Hint

Shane Warna
Zaheer Khan
Pat Pocock
Chaminda Vaas

6. Timed officially at over 160kmh, and unofficially at speeds approaching 180kmh, this speedy, slingy bowler born in Greenacre is part of a fearsome pair from the 1970's - he knocked off Viv Richards' cap in a Test match, and is infamous for his pre-Ashes clash with England quotation- "I like to see blood on the pitch". Hint

Jeff Thomson
Fred Trueman
Dennis Lillee
Michael Holding

7. As a youngster, he opened the bowling with Shoaib Akhtar in club cricket; his elder brother was an International cricketer, whilst his younger brother is a concert pianist. He's had a No 2. chart hit in both India and South Africa, and appeared in his first Bollywood movie in 2008. During his career, he has been known as one of the world's most feared fast bowlers - who is he? Hint

Zaheer Khan
Mohammad Asif
Brett Lee
Morne Morkel

8. Known as Dizzy, this quickie forms one half of the statistically most successful opening bowling pairs in Test cricket. He has a Test double century to his name, has made his second home in Wales, and his great grandfather was a Kamilaroi warrior, thus making him the first generally acknowledged indigenous player to repsresent his country - who is he? Hint

Jason Gillespie
Mark Gillespie
Simon Jones
Michael Kasprowicz

9. This knight of the realm was born in Heswall, played cricket for counties in the south west, the Midlands, and the north east, played for a state in the east of Australia, walked from one end of Britain to another for charity, and played league football in the north and in the south, as well as taking almost 400 test wickets for his country. Who is this "Beefy" character? Hint

Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Ian Botham
Sir Garfield Sobers
Sir Don Bradman

10. This last "quickie" would be equally at home in a quiz on Aussie Rules heroes or World War 2 flying heroes, as he surpassed the mediocre by a long way in all three disciplines. A larger than life character, known as "Nugget", as a bowler he took 170 Test wickets and scored almost 3000 runs as a batsman in his 55 matches for Australia - who is he? Hint

Richie Benaud
Ray Lindwall
Geoff Miller
Keith Miller


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This left arm quickie was born in 1966 in the Punjab - as well as taking 414 wickets, he also had a top score in tests of 257 not out. Don't mix him up with his right-armed partner! Who is he?

Answer: Wasim Akram

Brian Lara, multiple world record holding batsman, has gone on the record numerous times saying that Wasim Akram was the most difficult bowler he ever faced. His bowling was noteworthy for the fact that he constantly attacked the stumps, therefore the batsman had very little room for error or respite.

As well as being one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, Akram was no slouch with the bat either, as his Test top score proves.
2. This fast bowler, rated by the ICC ratings as the most effective quickie of all times, made his Test debut whilst still playing club cricket, played all of his 27 Tests against only two countries, and ended up taking 49 wickets for Wales whilst he was in his 50's - who is this famous speedster?

Answer: S.F. "Syd" Barnes

Barnes was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire in 1873, and although he played a handful of county games with first Warwickshire and then Lancashire, he was first selected for England whilst playing league cricket, mainly because this gave him a steady wage without too much travelling and insecurity.

He took an amazing 189 wickets in just 27 Tests, all of which were against Australia and South Africa - the only other two Test playing nations at the turn of the 20th Century. He took 12 wickets for Wales against the touring West Indians in 1928, at the age of 55, and continued to play a high standard of league cricket way into his 60s.
3. This gentleman fast bowler was educated at Oxford University, and was married for a while to the daughter of a billionaire knight of the realm. He is now probably better known as a politician, although the high spot of his cricketing career was leading his country to their first ever World Cup victory in 1992 - who is he?

Answer: Imran Khan

I had the pleasure of meeting Imran Khan back in the 80s, when he was at the height of his cricketing prowess - what an erudite, deep thinking, intelligent, sensitive but also fun individual he came across as. In following his career both on and off the cricket pitch since then, it comes as no surprise that he has continued to succeed in all that he has turned his hand to. 362 wickets, and almost 4000 Test runs (including 6 centuries) mark him down as one of the great all rounders that the cricket world has seen. Majid Khan, who is Imran's cousin, also captained Pakistan.
4. Born in Phalaborwa, he reached 100 wickets in only his 20th Test match, although he spent almost 2 years in the Test wilderness after his debut as a 21 year old in 2004. He played for Bangalore in the inaugural IPL, as well as having two stints in English county cricket - who is he?

Answer: Dale Steyn

By the end of 2007, Dale Steyn had the second best strike rate (ie. balls bowled per wicket taken)in the history of Test cricket behind 19th Century bowler George Lohmann. One wicket every 35.8 balls is quite a fearsome record. He also overtook the legendary Allan Donald to became the fastest South African to take 100 wickets, he took 78 wickets in the year at an average of 16 runs per wicket in 12 Tests in four different countries, and he also took the four top prizes at the South Africa Cricket Awards.

He bowls often at speeds of over 90mph, with a skiddy action, moving the ball both ways off the pitch and in the air - quite a fearsome prospect if you're a batsman!
5. This quickie's given christian names are Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda. He was born in Mattumagala, has represented club/ state sides in three different countries - and scored his maiden Test century in his 97th Test! Who is he?

Answer: Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas has taken well over 300 Test wickets, nearly 400 ODI wickets and scored nearly 3000 Test runs. He has played domestic cricket in England and India as well as in his native Sri Lanka, and has represented the Asian XI. He was the first person to take 8 wickets in an innings in an ODI (against Zimbabwe), and also took a hat trick with the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup.

He relies on swing and seam rather then out and out pace for his penetration, with his late "in-dipper" being his trademark ball.
6. Timed officially at over 160kmh, and unofficially at speeds approaching 180kmh, this speedy, slingy bowler born in Greenacre is part of a fearsome pair from the 1970's - he knocked off Viv Richards' cap in a Test match, and is infamous for his pre-Ashes clash with England quotation- "I like to see blood on the pitch".

Answer: Jeff Thomson

The clues were all there - it could only have been Thomson or Lillee, the fearsome Aussie pace duo of the 70s - Trueman is English, and Holding a West Indian team mate of Viv Richards' - but Thomson had the slingy action (compared to Lillee's more classical action) - and if you were really struggling, Thomson was born in Greenacre, New South Wales, whilst Lillee came from Subiaco, in Western Australia.
7. As a youngster, he opened the bowling with Shoaib Akhtar in club cricket; his elder brother was an International cricketer, whilst his younger brother is a concert pianist. He's had a No 2. chart hit in both India and South Africa, and appeared in his first Bollywood movie in 2008. During his career, he has been known as one of the world's most feared fast bowlers - who is he?

Answer: Brett Lee

His brother Shane Lee played for Australia, whilst Brett's younger brother, Grant, played for New South Wales as a youngster before becoming an accountant and a concert pianist. Along with brother Shane, he plays guitar in a band called "Six and Out", which also comprises ex NSW cricketers Gavin Robertson, Richard Chee Quee and Brad McNamara - not sure if Brad sings, but I hope he's improved from his days when I used to play with him at Teddington Cricket Club in London if he does!

Brett had a number 2 hit in India and South Africa in 2006 when he dueted with Indian diva Asha Boshle on a song called "You're the one for me". He also filmed scenes for the Bollywood movie "Victory" in 2008.

But don't let this entertaining side of Brett Lee's character fool you - he is one of the world's most feared and respected fast bowlers, regularly topping the 90mph mark on the speed gun!
8. Known as Dizzy, this quickie forms one half of the statistically most successful opening bowling pairs in Test cricket. He has a Test double century to his name, has made his second home in Wales, and his great grandfather was a Kamilaroi warrior, thus making him the first generally acknowledged indigenous player to repsresent his country - who is he?

Answer: Jason Gillespie

"Dizzy" Gillespie has graced the cricket fields of India, Yorkshire and Glamorgan as well as appearing in 71 Tests and almost 100 ODI's for Australia before announcing his retirement from international cricket in 2008.

He set the world record for the highest score by a nightwatchman in Test cricket - a marathon, nine and a half hour unbeaten 201 against Bangladesh. He is a self confesed wrestling and heavy metal fan, and often celebrates his batting successes with a bat ride he's "adapted" from the movie "Happy Gilmore".

Along with Glenn McGrath, he is part of Australia's most statistically successful opening bowling pair. His greatest trait as a bowler is the way he can move the ball through the air and off the seam. I had the privilege of watching him bowl for Glamorgan early in 2008, where he bowled an over of 6 completelydifferent balls, - outswingers, inswingers, off cutters, leg breaks and a bouncer - he beat the batsman with all six balls, and I don't think I've ever seen such a display of complete control over a ball moving at over 80mph.
9. This knight of the realm was born in Heswall, played cricket for counties in the south west, the Midlands, and the north east, played for a state in the east of Australia, walked from one end of Britain to another for charity, and played league football in the north and in the south, as well as taking almost 400 test wickets for his country. Who is this "Beefy" character?

Answer: Sir Ian Botham

Larger than life in every way, Ian Botham is one of the great heroes of British sport. In an era where cricket started to become an all year round game, Botham still managed almost a dozen, high quality football league matches with Scunthorpe, as well as a few games with Yeovil - whilst his son, Liam, managed to play first class cricket, rugby union and rugby league - a real all round family.

As well as taking 383 Test wickets, "Beefy", or "Guy the Gorilla", also scored 5200 Test runs, including 14 centuries, 145 ODI wickets along with 2113 runs, and 120 Test match catches.

He now commentates on cricket on the TV, as well as doing huge amounts of charity work. A real cricketing quickie legend!
10. This last "quickie" would be equally at home in a quiz on Aussie Rules heroes or World War 2 flying heroes, as he surpassed the mediocre by a long way in all three disciplines. A larger than life character, known as "Nugget", as a bowler he took 170 Test wickets and scored almost 3000 runs as a batsman in his 55 matches for Australia - who is he?

Answer: Keith Miller

Where do you begin to try and tell the story of Keith Miller? As an Aussie Rules footballer, and as World War 2 flying ace, there are two novels to be written alone - and that's before you start to talk about probably his main claim to fame as a Test cricketer.

Stories about his maverick approach to life are manifold, some apocryphal, most true, every one causing a smile. Regarded by most cricketing afficionados as the all rounder of his generation (the post war 1940's and 1950's), Miller really is a throwback to the times when cricket was a "sport blokes play" - epitomised by his reply when asked if he felt pressure playing test cricket, Miller replied with typical belligerence "Pressure? I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse - cricket is not!".
Source: Author huw27

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