I noticed that seven Kiwi bowlers took a wicket in the second innings at Centurion in April 2006. Was this a record? asked Keenan Bradley from South Africa
That match in Centurion in 2005-06, in which seven New Zealand bowlers took at least one wicket in South Africa’s second innings of 299, was actually the fourth (and most recent) instance of this. The first was in Melbourne in 1897-98, when seven Englishmen took wickets as Australia amassed 520; Johnny Briggs claimed three, six other bowlers managed one apiece, and there was also a run-out. It happened again in Durban in 1922-23, with seven South Africans combining to dismiss England for 281, then not till 1966-67, in Johannesburg, when seven Australian took wickets, but couldn’t prevent South Africa reaching 620 in their second innings.
There are also four instances of 13 different bowlers taking wickets in the same Test; only the 1966-67 Jo’burg game features on both tables.
With reference to last week’s question about batsmen being dismissed six times running by the same bowler – didn’t Shane Warne get Ashwell Prince eight times in a row? asked Ashok Kumar, and others
You’re right that Shane Warne dismissed Ashwell Prince in eight successive innings in Tests between Australia and South Africa, but those were in two different series – in 2002-03 and 2005-06 – and Prince played some other Tests in between.
Six in a row by the same bowler remains the overall record. If you consider only matches between the same teams, ignoring other Tests played in the meantime, then eight is near the top. However, the eminent Melbourne statistician Charles Davis pointed out: “The England offspinner Jim Laker dismissed Clyde Walcott of West Indies in nine consecutive innings in which he bowled to him, between 1953-54 and 1957. Walcott played other innings against England during this period in which he was dismissed by others or not out, but Laker did not bowl to him in those innings. Similarly, Rangana Herath got Azhar Ali eight times in a row, when he actually bowled to him.”
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