One Test Wonders

3rd December 2013

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks

Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:

“The 2nd Ashes Test between Australia and England begins tomorrow evening in Adelaide at 8pm ECT. England are 1-0 down after being thrashed in the 1st Test.”

This week’s question: Who scored a century in his only innings in his only Test Match for the West Indies?

“On Thursday India’s short tour of South Africa gets under way with the 1st of 3 ODIs, to be followed by 2 Test Matches. The tour was originally slated to have 3 Tests, 7 ODIs and 2 T20s – it is estimated the reduction in matches has cost Cricket South Africa somewhere in the region of US$20m.

“The 3 ODIs against India follows SA’s 2-1 home ODI series defeat by Pakistan which concluded this week.

“The ICC have announced the nominations for the International Cricketer of the Year – they are: Hashim Amla; James Anderson; Michael Clarke; Alastair Cook; MS Dhoni and last year’s winner, Kumar Sangakkara. Amla, Anderson and Clarke are also nominated for Test Cricketer of the Year alongside Ravi Ashwin, Dale Steyn and Chets Pujara.

“Did You Know, Andrew that West Indies could be playing Nepal in the T20 World Cup? They, along with Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands have qualified for the preliminary stage of the ICC’s T20 World Cup in March next year.

“And Did You Know, Andrew that on this day in 1986, Courtney Walsh took the cheapest 5-wicket haul in international history? His figures of 4.3-3-1-5 helped WI to a 193 run win over Sri Lanka in an ODI in Sharjah.

“And Did You Know, Andrew, ahead of West Indies’ 1st Test v New Zealand this week, that December is the wettest month of the year in Dunedin?

“Finally, Did You Know, Andrew that NZ’s no. 3 Aaron Redmond is the son of Rodney Redmond, who scored 107 & 56 in the only Test Match he ever played in?”

The answer to this week’s quiz question: Andy Ganteaume – who scored 112 v England at Port-of-Spain in 1948.

The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live on Tuesday’s from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15-midnight GMT)  on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm and can be heard via numerous internet tune-in services.

David Oram

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