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While he only played 12 tests with limited success, Alfred 'Tich' Freeman is possibly the greatest first-class bowler ever. A short leg-spin googly bowler, he took 3,776 first-class wickets (second only to Wilfred Rhodes) and is the only bowler to take 300 wickets in a single-season (in 1928). He took over 200 wickets in the next seven seasons, and remains the only man to take all 10 wickets in an innings thrice and 17 wickets in a match twice.
One of the greatest all-rounders in the true sense was CB Fry. He captained England at cricket, played for England in football an equaled the world long-jump record. Away from sport he was offered the Kingship of Albania, he represented India at the League of Nations, and Hitler consulted him when he was developing the Youth Programme in Germany.
Sir Donald George Bradman must surely be the greatest batsman of all time. In his last test innings at the Oval in 1948 he needed 4 runs to end with an average of 100. He was bowled by Eric Hollies for a duck. His test average of 99.94 and first-class average of 95.14 are both world records. His 974 runs in a single test series is also a record. He scored two triple centuries and 12 double centuries in test cricket and was once left stranded on 299*.
Brian Lara of the West Indies is the only other man to score two test triple centuries. He is also the only man to claim the test world record twice. He first set the world record in 1994 scoring 375 versus England at Antigua. In 2004, 6 months after Mathew Hayden had broken his world record, Lara reclaimed his record with 400*, again versus England at Antigua. That's not all, he also holds the world record first-class score of 501* for Warwickshire against Durham.
Bill Ponsford is the only other man to score two first-class quadruple centuries.
Playing for Maharashtra vs. Kathiawar in 1948-49, Bhausaheb Nimbalkar had scored 443* by the end of Day 2 in a 3-day match. He was just 9 short of Bradman's first-class world record of 452* but the Kathiawar had had enough punishment and conceded the match to Maharashtra. Another theory doing the rounds is that Nimbalkar himself had to go get married and so would not have been able to bat on Day 3 anyway.
While Sir Don Bradman is regarded by most as the greatest batsman of all time there is still debate about who is the greatest bowler in test history. A strong contender to the title is Sydney Barnes of England who took 189 wickets in just 27 tests. He also took 24 five-fors and still holds the world record for 49 wickets in a test series (he played just 4 matches in the series). He ended his career with a bowling average of 16.43 (number 5 on the all time list) and a strike rate of 41.65 (3rd best ever). He remains the only player to be regularly picked for England while playing League cricket - for Stafforshire.
Another contender for the greatest test bowler title is another Englishman, George Lohmann. He has the best bowling average (an astonishing 10.75 per wicket) and the best strike rate (a wicket every 34.1 balls). He also has the third best bowling analysis of 9/28, after Laker's and Kumble's ten-fors.
At the Lord's test match in 1990 Graham Gooch of England scored 333 and 123 - the only time in the history of first-class cricket that a batsman scored a triple century and a century in the same match. Mark Taylor of Australia came very close to equaling this record when he scored 334* in the first innings and was dismissed for 91 in the second versus Pakistan.
Arthur Fagg who played for Kent is the only man to score two double centuries in the same first-class match.
In the same test match, India needed 454 to avoid the follow-on. At 430/9 Kapil Dev took strike against Eddie Hemmings and after two dot balls hit the next four balls for six - a record in test cricket. Next ball Narendra Hirwani was dismissed by Angus Fraser.
Maurice Turnbull actually was a triple international. He played cricket for England and hockey and rugby for Wales and he also won the South Wales Squash Championship! He was killed in in WW-II aged just 38.
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