Lowest innings totals in Tests

After India could manage only 36 runs in the second innings of the Adelaide test match against Australia, it is worthwhile to look at the lowest innings totals in the history of test cricket.

26 – New Zealand vs England 

The embarrassment of scoring the lowest total in the history of test cricket is held by New Zealand who were bowled out for just 26 runs against England in 1955. In the second test match of the England tour of New Zealand being played at Auckland, New Zealand scored 200 runs in their first innings.

England, in reply, scored 246 on the back of a half-century from skipper Sir Leonard Hutton and took a lead of 46 runs. New Zealand went off the track in their second innings, getting dismissed for just 26.

Five of their batsmen scored noughts, with each of the last four batsmen getting dismissed for ducks. England won the match by an innings and 20 runs as they inflicted the embarrassment of a 26-run all out over New Zealand.

30 – South Africa vs England

South Africa have been bowled out for just 30 runs twice. The first of the two occasions came in February 1996 when they were bowled out for just 30 runs in the final innings at Port Elizabeth.

It was a repeat of their implosion when all the England bowlers took was 12.3 overs to dismantle South Africa for 30 runs in the second innings of the match. The collapse came at Birmingham in June 1924.

35 – South Africa vs England 

In April 1899, South Africa were bowled for just 35 runs on a spicy wicket at Cape Town against England. The innings lasted all of 22.4 overs with South Africa scoring 35 runs at a run rate of 1.84 in the final innings of the match.

36 – South Africa vs Australia

South Africa suffered another embarrassing collapse for just 36 runs against Australia at Melbourne in February 1932. The team could only last for 23.4 overs in the first innings of the match. Captain Jock Cameron was the top scorer with 11 runs. Their next best score was by number 10 Neville Quinn.

The collapse was caused by Laurie Nash and Bert Ironmonger who picked up four and five wickets respectively to dismantle the South African innings. Following on, South Africa were bowled out for just 45 in their 2nd innings as well as they suffered a massive defeat by an innings and 72 runs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button