Shai Hope just scored two unbeaten centuries against Bangladesh. Is this a record for the most runs without being out in ODIs? asked Jimmy Collymore from Barbados
Shai Hope’s undefeated innings of 146 against Bangladesh in Mirpur and 108 in Sylhet give him a total of 254 runs without being dismissed. That’s a long way down the overall list: Fakhar Zaman leads the way with 455 between dismissals, in Zimbabwe earlier this year. That broke the old record of 405, set by his fellow Pakistani Mohammad Yousuf in 2002.
But only two West Indians have done better than Hope: Desmond Haynes scored 346 ODI runs between dismissals in April 1985, while Brian Lara made 255 in June 2003. As he was not out in his most recent innings, Hope’s sequence is still continuing, so if he scores two runs in his next innings – probably against England early next year in the Caribbean – then he will pass Lara and have only Haynes to chase.
Is it true that Arthur Morris’ last over of the 1953 Ashes was used as a BBC test card? asked Will Elsom from England
It is true: the closing stages of the 1953 Ashes Test at The Oval were used for some time for BBC television test broadcasts during the day (there were no regular daytime programmes then). The clip showed England’s Denis Compton pulling the boundary that won the match – and reclaimed the Ashes urn after 19 years in Australia’s hands. You can see the final shot towards the end of this clip, although there’s no sign of the bowler, Arthur Morris.
A fine opener who averaged over 46, Morris didn’t get much chance to show off his left-arm wristspinners in Tests. He took only two wickets – but one of them did come earlier in that 1953 series, in the third match at Old Trafford. Amusingly, it was his old tormentor (and close friend) Alec Bedser, who got Morris out no fewer than 18 times in Tests, a record at the time, since surpassed only by Glenn McGrath, who dismissed Mike Atherton on 19 occasions.