Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is a Bangladeshi international cricketer who captains the Bangladesh national team in Test and T20I formats. Considered as the greatest cricketer to have played for Bangladesh, Shakib is acknowledged as one of the best all-rounders in the world, he holds the record for being ranked first as an all rounders for 8 years and is still in the highest current rankings in the Test format of the game. His aggressive left-handed batting style in the middle order, controlled slow left-arm orthodox bowling, athletic fielding has helped him win trophies in top leagues across the world. In 2015, Shakib became the first and only cricketer in history to be ranked the No.1 all-rounder by ICC in its Player Rankings in all three formats of the game. On 13 January 2017, he registered the highest individual score by a Bangladeshi batsman in Tests. In November 2018, he became the first bowler for Bangladesh to take 200 wickets in Tests, he is the one all rounder who scored 40 runs and took 5 wickets in a T20 International.
Born in Magura, Shakib started playing cricket at an early age. According to Prothom Alo sports editor Utpal Shuvro, Shakib "was proficient at cricket and was hired to play for different villages". In one of those matches, Shakib impressed an umpire who arranged for him to practice with the Islampur Para Club, a team in the Magura Cricket League. During the practice session, Shakib batted aggressively and bowled fast, as he did, but chose to experiment with spin bowling which proved to be not so effective, he took a wicket with his first ball. He spent six months training at Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Pratisthan, a government-run sports institute, and in 2004, at the age of 17, was drafted by Khulna to play in the National Domestic League. Shakib first represented Bangladesh at the U-19 level, debuting in August 2006 against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, he played an important part in Bangladesh's victory, where he scored 30 runs and bowled out Elton Chigumbura to get his first ODI wicket. In 2005, during the final of a tri-nation tournament involving England and Sri Lanka's Under-19 teams, Shakib scored an 86-ball century and took three wickets to lead his team to victory.
Between 2005 and 2006, Shakib played 18 youth One Day Internationals. Domestically Shakib has represented Khulna since 2004, in 2010 spent several months playing for Worcestershire in England, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to represent an English county cricket team. For the 2011 Indian Premier League, Shakib was contracted by Kolkata Knight Riders. Shakib was released by KKR and was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL personnel changes In the first season of Bangladesh Premier League, he captained Khulna Royal Bengals, in the second season he led Dhaka Gladiators to the tournament title. In 2015 season he played from 2016 season he is playing for Dhaka Dynamites. Shakib represented Uthura Rudras in the 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League. Shakib played for Barbados Tridents in the 2013 Caribbean Premier League, he played for Jamaica Tallawahs in both 2016 and 2017 season before returning to Barbados for 2018 Caribbean Premier League. He played for Adelaide Strikers in 2014 replacing the injured Johan Botha, thus becoming the first Bangladeshi to play in the Big Bash League.
For 2015 season he was picked up by Melbourne Renegades. For 2016 Pakistan Super League he was picked up by Karachi Kings and in 2017 season and he played for Peshawar ZalmiHe was supposed to play for the 2018 season but was injured at that time Shakib made his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe on 6 August 2006, where he scored 30 runs and bowled out Elton Chigumbura to get his first ODI wicket, he made his Test debut the following 6 May against India. From January 2009 to April 2011 and again from March 2012, Shakib was ranked first amongst ODI all-rounders by the ICC. In December 2011, he became the world's top-ranked Test all-rounder. In December 2014 Shakib became, he is the only all-rounder to be ranked in the top 3 of ICC Player Rankings across every format of international cricket. In 2008, Shakib took at that time the best bowling figures by a Bangladesh player in Tests, 7 wickets for 36 runs, against New Zealand. To date he is Bangladesh's highest wicket taker in Test Matches.
Shakib was appointed Bangladesh's vice-captain in June 2009. During Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies the following month, the captain Mashrafe Mortaza was injured and Shakib took over the captaincy, he was 22 years old at the time. A temporary position, Shakib's success against the West Indies, securing his side's first overseas series win, ensured his retention of captaincy after Mort recovered. Shakib was named The Wisden Cricketer's "Test Player of the Year" in November 2009. In July 2010, he stepped down from the ODI captaincy to concentrate on his personal performance. Mortaza took over until he became injured again and Shakib was asked to resume leadership; this lasted. In 2015 after batting in the first match at 2015 Cricket World Cup, Hasan had a total of 4,040 runs in ODI matches and became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to score 4,000 runs in ODIs. Shakib was included in Bangladesh's senior squad to tour Zimbabwe in February 2006. Along with Farhad Reza and Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib was one of the three uncapped players to be included in the
Batting average (cricket)
In cricket, a player's batting average is the total number of runs they have scored divided by the number of times they have been out. Since the number of runs a player scores and how they get out are measures of their own playing ability, independent of their teammates, batting average is a good metric for an individual player's skill as a batter; the number is simple to interpret intuitively. If all the batter's innings were completed, this is the average number of runs they score per innings. If they did not complete all their innings, this number is an estimate of the unknown average number of runs they score per innings; each player has several batting averages, with a different figure calculated for each type of match they play, a player's batting averages may be calculated for individual seasons or series, or at particular grounds, or against particular opponents, or across their whole career. Batting average has been used to gauge cricket players' relative skills since the 18th century.
Most players have career batting averages in the range of 20 to 40. This is the desirable range for wicket-keepers, though some fall short and make up for it with keeping skill; until a substantial increase in scores in the 21st century due to improved bats and smaller grounds among other factors, players who sustained an average above 50 through a career were considered exceptional, before the development of the heavy roller in the 1870s an average of 25 was considered good. All-rounders who are more prominent bowlers than batsmen average something between 20 and 30. 15 and under is typical for specialist bowlers. A small number of players have averaged less than 5 for a complete career, though a player with such an average is a liability unless an exceptional bowler as Alf Valentine, B. S. Chandrasekhar or Glenn McGrath were. Career records for batting average are subject to a minimum qualification of 20 innings played or completed, in order to exclude batsmen who have not played enough games for their skill to be reliably assessed.
Under this qualification, the highest Test batting average belongs to Australia's Sir Donald Bradman, with 99.94. Given that a career batting average over 50 is exceptional, that only five other players have averages over 60, this is an outstanding statistic; the fact that Bradman's average is so far above that of any other cricketer has led several statisticians to argue that, statistically at least, he was the greatest athlete in any sport. Disregarding this 20 innings qualification, the highest career test batting average is 112, by Andy Ganteaume, a Trinidadian Keeper-batsman, dismissed for 112 in his only test innings. Batting averages in One Day International cricket tend to be lower than in Test cricket, because of the need to score runs more and take riskier strokes and the lesser emphasis on building a large innings, it should be remembered in relation to the ODI histogram above, that there were no ODI competitions when Bradman played. If a batter has been dismissed in every single innings this statistic gives the average number of runs they score per innings.
However, for a batter with innings which finished not out, the true average number of runs they score per innings is unknown as it is not known how many runs they would have scored if they could have completed all their not out innings. This statistic is an estimate of the average number of runs. If their scores have a geometric distribution this statistic is the maximum likelihood estimate of their true unknown average. Batting averages can be affected by the number of not outs. For example, Phil Tufnell, noted for his poor batting, has an respectable ODI average of 15, despite a highest score of only 5 not out, as he scored an overall total of 15 runs from 10 innings, but was out only once. A batter who has not been dismissed in any of the innings over which their average is being calculated does not have a batting average, as dividing by zero does not give a result. Highest career batting averages in Test matches. Table shows players with at least 20 innings completed. * denotes not out. Last updated: 14 October 2018.
Highest career batting averages in First-class cricket as follows: Source: Cricinfo Statsguru. Table shows players with at least 50 innings batted, note this table has no requirement for minimum number of runs scored. * denotes not out. Last updated: 10 November 2018. Alternative measures of batting effectiveness have been developed, including: Strike rate measures a different concept to batting average – how the batter scores – so it does not supplant the role of batting average, it is used in limited overs matches, where the speed at which a batter scores is more important than it is in first-class cricket. A system of player rankings was developed to produce a better indication of players' current standings than is provided by comparing their averages. Cricket statistics Batting average Bowling average
Walter Reginald "Wally" Hammond was an English first-class cricketer who played for Gloucestershire in a career that lasted from 1920 to 1951. Beginning as a professional, he became an amateur and was appointed captain of England. A middle-order batsman, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described him in his obituary as one of the four best batsmen in the history of cricket, he was considered to be the best English batsman of the 1930s by commentators and those with whom he played. Hammond was an effective fast-medium pace bowler and contemporaries believed that if he had been less reluctant to bowl, he could have achieved more with the ball than he did. In a Test career spanning 85 matches, he took 83 wickets. Hammond captained England in 20 of those Tests, winning four, losing three, drawing 13, his career aggregate of runs was the highest in Test cricket until surpassed by Colin Cowdrey in 1970. In 1933, he set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, surpassed by Len Hutton in 1938.
In all first-class cricket, he scored 50,551 runs and 167 centuries the seventh and third highest totals by a first-class cricketer. With the ball, he took 732 wickets. Although Hammond began his career in 1920, he was required to wait until 1923 before he could play full-time, after his qualification to play for Gloucestershire was challenged, his potential was spotted and after three full seasons, he was chosen to visit the West Indies in 1925–26 as a member of a Marylebone Cricket Club touring party, but contracted a serious illness on the tour. He began to score after his recovery in 1927 and was selected for England. In the 1928–29 series against Australia he scored 905 runs a record aggregate for a Test series, he dominated county cricket in the 1930s and, despite a mid-decade slump in Test form, was made captain of England in 1938. He continued as captain after the Second World War, but his health had deteriorated and he retired from first-class cricket after an unsuccessful tour of Australia in 1946–47.
He appeared in two more first-class matches in the early 1950s. Hammond was married twice, divorcing his first wife in acrimonious circumstances, had a reputation for infidelity, his relationships with other players were difficult. He was unsuccessful in business dealings and failed to establish a successful career once he retired from cricket, he moved to South Africa in the 1950s in an attempt to start a business. As a result, he and his family struggled financially. Shortly after beginning a career as a sports administrator, he was involved in a serious car crash in 1960 which left him frail, he died of a heart attack in 1965. Hammond was born on 19 June 1903 in Dover, his parents, William—a corporal in the Royal Garrison Artillery—and Marion Hammond, lived in the married quarters at Dover Castle where Walter was born. They had wed the previous December. Hammond spent his early years in Dover playing cricket; when he was five years old, his father was posted to Hong Kong to serve on the China Station and promoted to sergeant.
The family remained there until 1911, followed by a posting to Malta until 1914. Hammond recalled playing cricket in Malta using improvised equipment, including a soldier's old bat which he believed taught him to strike the ball powerfully; when the First World War broke out, the Hammonds returned to England with the rest of the 46th Company of the Royal Garrison Artillery. William was subsequently posted to France where, promoted to major, he was killed near Amiens in 1918. Marion settled in Southsea and sent Walter to The Portsmouth Grammar School, before moving him in 1918 to board at Cirencester Grammar School, believing that he would benefit from living away from home and hoping to encourage a career in farming, he did not enjoy an easy relationship with his mother staying with friends during holidays in preference to returning home. At both Portsmouth and Cirencester, Hammond excelled at sports including cricket and fives. At Cirencester, he played football for the school first eleven in his first term.
He reached the school cricket first eleven, where he outperformed the other players and became captain in his second season. His first century was scored in a match against a parents' team from the school. In an inter-house match, he scored 365 not out, albeit against weak bowling; these achievements brought him some local acclaim. Hammond enjoyed less success in the classroom. Leaving Cirencester in July 1920, Hammond planned to go to Winchester Agricultural College, following the path into farming mapped out by his mother. However, his plans changed when his headmaster wrote to the captain of Gloucestershire, Foster Robinson, reporting Hammond's school cricket record and suggesting that they take a look at him. Hammond, who scored a century in his first appearance in adult cricket days after leaving school, played in a trial match for the Gloucestershire Club and Ground, scoring 60 runs, taking two wickets and impressing the local press. Subsequently, two members of Gloucestershire's committee visited Hammond's mother in an attempt to sign him for the club.
Hammond's mother was reluctant, but his eagerness convinced her and he signed a professional contract. Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucester
Michael Jonathon Slater is an Australian television presenter and former cricketer who played in 74 Tests and 42 ODIs for the Australian cricket team from 1993 to 2001. He subsequently became a cricket commentator and he worked on rugby league coverage with The Footy Show where he was co-host with Paul "Fatty" Vautin. Slater's nickname is "Slats"; the son of Peter and Carole, Slater was born in the New South Wales rural city Wagga Wagga after his parents and two elder siblings had emigrated from the north-eastern coast of England in 1966. They migrated to Launceston, Australia by boat, after deciding against moving to Canada. In Launceston, Slater's father taught agriculture and science at high school, as he had done since graduating from college. After three years in Launceston, the Slaters moved to Wagga Wagga, Peter became a lecturer in agriculture at what is now known as the Charles Sturt University. Slater lived in Wagga Wagga for his entire childhood leaving with only fond memories, he wrote: "Wagga Wagga was a great place to grow up, for many reasons.
It was a good size — it had a population of around 50,000 when we moved there — and it was in the country, with a great Australian climate. My family was always involved in sport, so from an early age it just seemed natural for me to play any game, on offer."When still in primary school and aged 11, Slater was selected in the New South Wales Primary School Sports Association cricket and hockey teams, something he described as "a big thing" and "totally unexpected". A left-inner, he made the state hockey team at Under–12 level in 1981, before going on to be selected in the Under–13, −15 and −17 teams. Slater's mother unexpectedly left the family in 1983, he wrote about the tough personal times that followed. After his mother left for good, Slater's education standards slipped, with sport becoming the "only thing could focus on properly". School bullying accentuated his academic difficulties in Years 9 and 10, he once ran home after it was suggested among fellow pupils that some bullies "were planning to get after school".
As cricket and hockey began to overlap in his early teenage years, Slater turned the majority of his sporting appetite towards cricket. He joined an inner-western Sydney Under–16 side over the Christmas holidays. Despite not being fond of Sydney, Slater knew that he would have to move to the metropolis if he wanted to further develop his cricketing career. After topping the batting averages in the Under–17s in the following season, Slater was subsequently chosen as captain for the New South Wales Under—16 team; the carnival was not a personal success for the captain. An accident at school when he was seventeen saw, he played a couple of hockey games following the accident, but had to limp off the field and have consequent surgery in the lead-up to the Under–17 national cricket carnival. Soon after, Slater was informed that, because of his injury, his "dream of playing cricket for Australia was over". After an operation, though, he returned to cricket and was selected in the Under–19 state team for the national championships in Brisbane.
After an injury to the captain, Slater once again captained his state, although he and his team under-performed. He returned as vice-captain the following year for the Under–19 carnival in Canberra, scored a century in the opening match. In a victorious final against Victoria, Slater scored another century, becoming one of the leading run-scorers in the series. A specialist right-handed batsman as well as a occasional bowler, Slater represented the New South Wales Blues in Australian domestic cricket and played English county cricket with Derbyshire, his Australian club was the University of NSW Cricket Club playing first grade scoring 3873 runs in 77 innings with a high score of 213*. Known for his swashbuckling style of play and front-foot pulls, Slater went on to open the batting with success in Test cricket, scoring 5,312 runs and 14 centuries at an average of 42. Throughout his career, Slater was infamous for his susceptibility to the "nervous nineties": he was dismissed in the nineties 9 out of the 23 times.
He was a product of the AIS Australian Cricket Academy before appearing for New South Wales in the 1991/92 Sheffield Shield season. He made quick progress to the Australian Test team, was selected for the Ashes tour of England in 1993, when he was just 23 years of age, narrowly beating Queenslander Matthew Hayden to the opening berth alongside Mark Taylor, who grew up in Wagga Wagga. In his debut match, he scored a half-century, before compiling his maiden century in the following Test at Lord's, he continued his good form into the subsequent home series against New Zealand in 1993–94, netting 305 runs at an average of 76.25. In the 1994–95 return Ashes series in Australia, the right-hander was the leading run-scorer in the series with 623; the following season saw Slater notch his first double-century, against Sri Lanka at the WACA in Perth. Slater's matchwinning 123 against England at Sydney in the 1998–99 Ashes series comprised 66.84 per cent of his team's entire total. This remains the greatest proportion since Charles Bannerman made 165 not out in the first test innings of all, 67.34 per cent of his team's total.
After commentating for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom during the 2005 Ashes series, he joined Nine's Wide World of Sports cricket commentary team in January 2006. Slater appeared as a contestant on the Aus
Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE is a British cricket commentator and former cricketer. Regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history, Botham represented England in both Test and One-Day International cricket, he played most of his first-class cricket for Somerset, for Worcestershire and Queensland. He was an aggressive right-handed batsman and, as a right arm fast-medium bowler, was noted for his swing bowling, he fielded close to the wicket, predominantly in the slips. In Test cricket, Botham scored 14 centuries with a highest score of 208, from 1986 to 1988, he held the world record for the most Test wickets until overtaken by fellow all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee, he took five wickets in 10 wickets in a match four times. In 1980, he became the second player in Test history to complete the "match double" of scoring 100 runs and taking 10 wickets in the same match. Botham has at times been involved in controversy including a publicised court case involving rival all-rounder Imran Khan and an ongoing dispute with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
These incidents, allied to his on-field success, have attracted media attention from the tabloid press. Botham has made effective use of the fame given to him by the publicity because he is concerned about leukaemia in children and has undertaken several long distance walks to raise money for research into the disease; these efforts have been successful and have realised millions of pounds for Bloodwise, of which he became president. In recognition of his services to charity, he was awarded a knighthood in the 2007 New Years Honours List. On 8 August 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Botham has a wide range of sporting interests outside cricket, he had to choose between cricket and football as a career. He chose cricket but so, he did play professional football for a few seasons and made eleven appearances in the Football League for Scunthorpe United, he is a keen golfer and his other pastimes include angling and shooting. Ian Botham was born in Cheshire, to Herbert Leslie Botham and Violet Marie, née Collett.
His father had been in the Fleet Air Arm for twenty years spanning the Second World War. The family moved to Yeovil before Botham's third birthday after his father got a job as a test engineer at Westland Helicopters. Both his parents played cricket: his father for Westland Sports Club while his mother captained a nursing services team at Sherborne. Botham developed an eagerness for the game before he had started school: he would climb through the fence of the Yeovil Boys' Grammar School to watch the pupils play cricket. At the age of around four, he came home with a cricket ball and asked his mother "Do you know how to hold a ball when you're going to bowl a daisy-cutter?" He subsequently went away to practise bowling it. Botham attended Milford Junior School in the town and it was there that his "love affair" with sport began, he played both football for the school's teams at the age of nine. Playing against the older boys forced Botham to learn to hit the ball hard, improve to their standard.
At the same age he went to matches with his father, who played for Westland Sports Club, if one of the teams was short, he would try to get a match. His father recalled that though he never got to bowl, got to bat, he received praise for the standard of his fielding, he joined the Boys' Brigade. By the time he was nine, he had begun to "haunt" local recreation grounds with his kit always ready, looking to play for any team, short of players. By the age of twelve he was playing occasional matches for Yeovil Cricket Club's second team. Botham went on to Bucklers Mead Comprehensive School in Yeovil, where he continued to do well in sport and played for the school's cricket and football teams, he became captain of their under-16 cricket team. His performances for the school drew the attention of Somerset County Cricket Club's youth coach Bill Andrews. Still thirteen, he scored 80 runs on debut for Somerset's under-15s side against Wiltshire, but the team captain Phil Slocombe did not call on him to bowl as he considered him to be a specialist batsman.
Two years Botham had the opportunity to choose between football and cricket: Bert Head, manager of Crystal Palace offered him apprentice forms with the First Division club. He had a contract with Somerset and, after discussing the offer with his father, decided to continue to pursue a cricket career, as he believed he was a better cricketer; when informed that he wanted to be a sportsman, Botham's careers teacher said to him: "Fine, everyone wants to play sport, but what are you going to do?" In 1972, at the age of 16, Botham left school intent on playing cricket for Somerset, who retained his contract but felt he was too young to justify a full professional deal. So, Botham joined the ground staff at Lord's; as a ground boy, he had numerous tasks such as "cleaning the pavilion windows, pushing the roller on matchdays, selling scorecards, pressing electronic buttons on the scoreboards and rushing bowling analyses to the dressing-room". He received coaching and plenty of time in the practice nets, was the first to arrive and the last to leave practice.
Despite his time in the nets, Botham was only considered by Marylebone Cricket Club coach Harry Sharp to have the potential to become a "good, average county cricketer." Botham travelled to play for Somerset under-25s a number of times during the season, but failed to excel i
Allan Robert Border AO is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer. A batsman, Border was for many years the captain of the Australian team, his playing nickname was "A. B.". He played 156 Test matches in his career, a record until it was passed by fellow Australian Steve Waugh. Border held the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances of 153, before it was surpassed in June 2018 by Alastair Cook, is second on the list of number of Tests as captain, he was a left hand batsman, but had occasional success as a part-time left arm orthodox spinner. Border amassed 11,174 Test runs, he hit 27 centuries in his Test career. He retired as leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs, his Australian record for Test Match runs stood for 15 years before Ricky Ponting overtook him during the Third Ashes Test against England in July 2009. Border was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Allan Border was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend".
In 2016, Border was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards. Born in Cremorne, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Border grew up with three brothers in the nearby suburb of Mosman, his father John, from Coonamble in rural New South Wales, was a wool classer and his mother Sheila was the proprietor of a corner store. The family had a spacious backyard for playing games, Mosman Oval, the home of district cricket and baseball clubs, was across the street. Border attended North Sydney Boys High School, earned his leaving certificate in 1972. Throughout his early years, Border played in cricket teams two or three years older than his age group, he played for Mosman Baseball Club, where he developed his fielding and horizontal-bat shots. Aged sixteen, he made his début for Mosman in Sydney Grade Cricket as a left arm orthodox spinner and batted at number nine, he won selection for the 1972–73 Combined High Schools team in the intrastate carnival. During this time, he was coached by a former England international.
Border accumulated more than 600 runs in grade cricket in 1975–76, at the start of the following season, he made two consecutive centuries to earn selection for NSW. In the absence of a number of Test players, Border made his debut against Queensland at the SCG in January 1977, he took the last three catches of the match, as his team claimed victory. Border resigned from his job as a clerk in the film library of BHP to spend the 1977 English season playing for Downend in the Gloucestershire Western League; the highlight of his stay was 159 not out in an invitational match against Cambridge University. In Australia, Border compiled 617 runs at 36.29 average during the 1977–78 Sheffield Shield season. He returned to England and played for East Lancashire Cricket Club in the Lancashire League, scoring 1191 runs at 56.71 and taking 54 wickets at 18.60. In 1977, the breakaway professional competition World Series Cricket signed many players who were banned from first-class and Test cricket, thus leaving many vacancies in the Australian team.
Border started the 1978–79 season with his maiden first-class century, 135 against Western Australia at Perth, followed up with 114 against Victoria at the SCG. After Australia lost the first two Tests in the Ashes series, Border was selected for his Test debut at the MCG. Making a nervous start, he took more than half an hour to score three runs, he was run out for a duck in the second innings while attempting a single. In the following Test at Sydney, he was in a "lonely class of his own" by top-scoring in both innings with 60 not out and 45 not out as Australia lost the match and the Ashes, he used his feet to the spinners. However, after scores of 11 and 1 in the Fifth Test at Adelaide he was dropped for the Sixth Test. Recalled for the First Test against Pakistan at the MCG, Border batted at No. 3 and hit his maiden Test century as Australia reached 3/305, chasing 382 for victory. Border's dismissal for 105 triggered a major collapse of seven wickets for five runs as the other batsmen were unable to cope with the swing of Sarfraz Nawaz.
Australia lost by 71 runs. Border made 66 not out as Australia squared the series with a victory in Perth. In his second Test series, he had topped the batting aggregates and averages with 276 runs at 92.00. In May 1979, the ACB announced an agreement with WSC, which allowed the WSC players to return to international cricket at the start of the 1979–80 Australian season. In the meantime, Australia made two tours, giving the incumbent players an opportunity to press for places in a reunited team; the first tour, to England for the 1979 Cricket World Cup, ended with Australia being eliminated in the first round. Border scored 59 runs in two innings; this was followed by a three-month-long, six-Test tour of India, on which Australia failed to win a single match. Border scored 521 runs at 43.42 in the Test series, including 162 in the First Test at Madras, where he displayed excellent footwork and handled the Indian spinners much more than his teammates. As a result of his performances in India, he was one of only three players to retain their places for the 1st Test against West Indies at Brisbane in December 1979, the 1st Test when the WSC players returned to the official Australian team.
In the next test against England at Perth Border scored 115 in the second innings to secure victory and in doing so passed 1,000 Test runs. He had done so in only 354 days, the fastest by an Australian, made more runs in his
Charles Thomas Studd known as C. T. Studd, was a British missionary, a contributor to The Fundamentals, a cricketer. In 1888, he married Priscilla Stewart, their marriage produced four daughters, two sons; as a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge Seven, was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade. As a cricketer, he played for England in the 1882 match won by Australia, the origins of The Ashes. A poem he wrote, "Only One Life,'Twill Soon Be Past", has become famous to many who are unaware of its author. Studd's wealthy father Edward Studd became a Christian during a Moody and Sankey campaign in England, a visiting preacher to the Studd home at Tidworth converted C. T. and his two brothers to the faith while they were students at Eton. According to his conversion narrative, the preacher asked him if he believed God's promises to give believers eternal life, as Charles would only go so far as to profess he believed Jesus Christ died, the guest pressed the point, Charles believed on the Lord Jesus for salvation.
Charles recalled the moment: "I got down on my knees and I did say'thank you' to God. And right and there joy and peace came into my soul. I knew what it was to be'born again,' and the Bible, so dry to me before, became everything."Studd continued from Eton to Trinity College, where he graduated in 1883. In 1884 after his brother George was taken ill Charles was confronted by the question, "What is all the fame and flattery worth... when a man comes to face eternity?" He had to admit that since his conversion six years earlier he had been in "an unhappy backslidden state". As a result of the experience he said, "I know that cricket would not last, honour would not last, nothing in this world would last, but it was worthwhile living for the world to come." Studd emphasised the life of faith. His father died while he was in China, he gave away his inheritance of £29,000, specifying £5,000 to be used for the Moody Bible Institute, £5,000 for George Müller mission work and his orphans, £5,000 for George Holland's work with England's poor in Whitechapel, £5,000 to Commissioner Booth Tucker for the Salvation Army in India.
Studd believed that God's purposes could be confirmed through providential coincidences, such as a sum of money being donated spontaneously at just the right moment. He encouraged Christians to take risks in trusting in God to provide, his spirituality was intense, he read only the Bible. Another work that influenced him was The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life. Although he believed that God sometimes healed physical illnesses through prayer and the anointing of oil, he accepted that some ailments were chronic, in his last years he took morphine, causing some controversy. Studd believed in plain speaking and muscular Christianity, his call for Christians to embrace a "Don't Care a Damn" attitude to worldly things caused some scandal, he believed that missionary work was urgent, that those who were unevangelised would be condemned to hell. Studd wrote several books, including The Chocolate Soldier, or, Heroism: The Lost Chord of Christianity and Christ's Etceteras. Studd's essay The Personal Testimony of Charles T. Studd became part of the historic The Fundamentals: A Testimony To The Truth, R. A. Torrey and A. C.
Dixon. Studd continues to be best remembered by many for the poem, "Only One Life,'Twill Soon Be Past", its memorable verse states: Only one life'twill soon be past. Only what's done; this poem inspired the song "Only One Life" written by Lanny Wolfe in 1973. Studd began as an evangelist, among those he influenced were Wilfred Grenfell and Frederick Brotherton Meyer; as a result of his brother's illness and the effect it had upon him, he decided to pursue his faith through missionary work in China and was one of the "Cambridge Seven" who offered themselves to Hudson Taylor for missionary service at the China Inland Mission, leaving for there in February 1885. Of his missionary work he said, Some want to live within the sound of chapel bell. While in China he married Priscilla, in a ceremony performed by a Chinese pastor, four daughters were born. Studd believed that God had given him daughters to educate the Chinese about the value of baby girls. On returning to England he was invited to visit America where his brother Kynaston had arranged meetings which had led to the formation of the Student Volunteer Movement.
He here influenced John Mott Between 1900–1906 Studd was pastor of a church at Ootacamund in Southern India and although it was a different situation to the pioneer missionary work he had undertaken in China, his ministry was marked by numerous conversions amongst the British officials and the local community. However, on his return home Studd met a German missionary named Karl Kumm, he became concerned about the large parts of Africa that had never been reached with the Gospel. In 1910 he was concerned by the lack of Christian faith in central Africa. Out of this concern Studd was led to set up the Heart of Africa Mission, his speaking on the subject inspired Howard Mowll, Arthur Pitts-Pitts, Graham Brown. As an HQ for the venture, the Studds chose 17 Highland Road in South London. Like Hudson-Taylor