The Cricket Writer Special Edition Weekend Quiz – March 11th 2017
Answer: The 5 part answer from Kersi Meher-Homji is as follows:
1) Andy Ganteaume of WI. Played only one Test v. England at Port-of-Spain in
February 1948, scored 110 and never was selected again.
2) India’s Karun Nair. Till this February end, he averaged 160.00 with the
bat in three Tests and a top score of 303 not out. Then this March against
Australia at Bengaluru he scored 26 and 0 and his average dropped to 86.50.
3) Australia’s fast-medium bowler and a tail-end batsman Bill Johnston
averaged 102.00 on the tour of England in 1953. This was made possible by
skipper Lindsay Hassett declaring when Johnston batted. He played 17 innings
on that tour, was not out 16 times, scored 102 runs at an average of 102.00,
top score 28 not out. Stats can be funny, eh?
4) Australia’s opening batsman Michael Slater. In 74 Tests he bowled only 25
balls and took 1-10 at an average of 10.00. He scored 5312 runs at 42.83 and
hit 14 centuries, highest score 219.
5) South Africa’s current fast-medium bowler Andile Phehlukwayo. In 14 ODIs
he has batted six times has remained unbeaten five times scoring 125 runs at
an average of 125.00. Beware, this average may drop anytime.
Winner: Kersi and I are overwhelmed by the number of people who had a go at this quiz and separately sent in their appreciation, even if they did not post answers. This was not an easy one to get completely right without cross checking (which we are so glad you did not) so we have decided to jointly award it to Somasunderam Vedula and Chinmoy Jena who answered all 5 questions between them, Soma answering two and Chinmoy answering three correctly..
Kersi sends special pats on the back to both of you all the way from Sydney with his incredibly long arms!
Congrats Soma and Chinmoy for being such loyal supporters of Cricket Writer and you both get to be Quiz Masters on www.cricketwriter.com any week each of you chooses before April 30th 2017. Drop us a line at email@example.com and we can get you all set up!
The next quiz will be up on Saturday 18th March 2017 and on every Saturday thereafter! The Quizmaster for next week’s quiz will be Rahul Navin, one of the winners of the Quiz of 4th March.
Keep the participation and love coming and hope you are enjoying your time on www.cricketwriter.com
Welcome to the Weekend Quiz on www.cricketwriter.com !
We put up a quiz every Saturday which will stay up for 48-hours or when the right answer is posted in the comments section. Either way, the question stays up at least for 24-hours.
The Winner will be invited to send in their own Weekly Quiz question to the Cricket Writer for future inclusion in this section, and of course her/his name and picture will be displayed in the Image section where the Quiz Photo (if any) is usually displayed!
Come on folks, close that google window, and brush away the cobweb between your ears, and go for it!
This weekend we have a Special Guest Quizmaster – Kersi Meher-Homji with an unique Quiz.
Quiz Questions for Weekend of 11th March 2017
By Kersi Meher-Homji
Just as well that cricket statisticians use qualifications before judging their superiority based on averages of batsmen and bowlers.
Unless one uses qualifications like playing a minimum of 20 innings for batsmen and 2000 balls bowled for bowlers, howlers rather than great bowlers will be unearthed.
To quote Prof. Aaron Levenstein, “Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive but what they conceal is vital.”
For instance, Don Bradman is numero uno in batting stats, averaging an iconic 99.94 in 52 Tests and 80 innings with the bat. Number two on the batting average is another Australian, Adam Voges, way behind the Don with an average of 61.87 in 20 Tests and 31 innings.
But do you know a batsman who has Test batting average of 112.00, if qualification of minimum Test innings of 20 is NOT applied? Who is he? This is my Quiz question number one.
Quiz question 2: Till end of February 2017, a batsman averaged 160.00 with
the bat after playing three Tests. But in March 2017 his batting average
dropped to 86.50. Can you name him?
There are more quirky queries to test your knowledge over this weekend.
Cheating by referring to the current Wisden or clicking on CricInfo and other cricket websites won’t help because these records without minimum qualifications of 20 innings or 2000 balls bowled are not listed there.
Quiz question 3: A tail-end Australian batsman averaged 102.00 with the bat
in first-class matches on the tour of England in 1953. Can you name him?
You will get an extra point if you give me the story behind this stat.
Quiz question 4: An Australian batsman who played 74 Tests has a Test
bowling average of 10.00. Who is he?
And now to the fifth and final question: Who averages 125.00 with the bat in
The usual Cricket Writer prize for the winner/s who gets all 5 questions right, that gives you the opportunity to be a future weekend Quizmaster, accompanied by pats on the back from Kersi, all the way from Sydney!
Answers this time on Tuesday.