Cricket is a sport in love with statistics and records - but which ones will last, and which will be surpassed?
1. HIGHEST TEST CAREER AVERAGE: 6996 runs at 99.94
Don Bradman (pictured), Australia
Bradman's end-of-career average is the stuff of legend; a figure as close to perfection as is possible for a human being. Statistician Charles Davis, in his book 'The Best of the Best', used Bradman's career figures to argue that someone of his calibre would appear only once in every 184,000 players - which sounds a lot, but it is actually slightly fewer players than the England selectors gave Test caps to in the 1990s. Sadly, the experiment failed to unearth England's very own Bradman, with Aftab Habib and Alan Wells falling some way short of expectations.
2. MOST CONSECUTIVE TESTS: 153
Allan Border, Australia
With the ICC's Future Tours schedule packed tighter than Kevin Pietersen's wallet, it is certainly conceivable that someone will win 153 or more Test caps in the future. But it seems unlikely that a batsman will ever play that many Tests without getting a toe in the way of a Lasath Malinga yorker, or that a bowler will manage a decade of back-to-back Tests without suffering a stress fracture of some extremity or other.
3. YOUNGEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER: 14y 227d
Hasan Raza, Pakistan
Although doubts about his official date-of-birth led to the Pakistan Cricket Board withdrawing their record claim, it is thought Hasan's actual age was around 15 at the time of debut, which still makes him younger than any other Test cricketer. If this record is to be beaten, it will almost certainly be a short-trousered squirt from the sub-continent who does so; of the 30 youngest players to play Test cricket, only two have come from outside India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.
4. HEAVIEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER: 19st, 4lbs
Dwayne Leverock, Bermuda
If cricket ever takes off in the USA, this record could seriously be under threat. But as it is, I'd say the chances of it being broken are fairly slim... (geddit?)
5. LONGEST CELEBRATORY BENDER: 32 hours
Andrew Flintoff, England, post 2005 Ashes triumph
For a long while, it seemed that the days of the post-series celebratory bender had been consigned to cricket history. When England reclaimed the Ashes from Australia after 18 years, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff admirably revived the tradition. Sadly, the nation's sanctimonious reaction to the 'Fredalo' affair at the World Cup suggest that it may be some time before anyone feels brave or jolly enough to make an attempt on Flintoff's 32-hour effort.
6. MOST CONSECUTIVE TESTS WITHOUT A WIN: 44
New Zealand, 1930 to 1956
Let's be honest, 44 Tests without a win is a pretty shoddy effort. But as long as the current Bangladesh and Zimbabwe sides are playing, there's always a good chance this one will go. Seriously, those are two dreadful cricket teams.
7. LONGEST THE ICC WILL MAKE TEAMS TOUR A COUNTRY RAN BY A GRUBBY DICTATOR:
15 years and counting...- - -
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Tim has had a couple of tough games and he will be disappointed he hasn't scored more runs in the series," England coach Peter Moores tells everybody that the keeper is crap in spin.
FEEDBACK OF THE DAY: "HE SHOULD BE BANNED FOREVER FOR THAT DISGUSTING DISPLAY OF UN SPORTSMANSHIP IM ASHAMED TO BE ENGLISH AFTER THAT," chrishardy1 puts down the Daily Mail for a few moments to shout his way into the Paul Collingwood debate.
TALKING POINT: What records will never get broken and what is the most bizarre record in your local league?
COMING UP: The County Championship is back - will Andrew Flintoff get another nought, find out!
- Don Bradman
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