Cricket is said to be a batsmen’s game. However, Test cricket has proven to be the toughest for the batsmen of the game itself. Bowlers make it tougher for the batsmen in Test cricket. Today’s cricket latest news is that in ongoing India’s tour of Australia in #BorderGavaskarTrophy India scored the lowest score in their history. Therefore this gives us another opportunity to list out the Top 10 lowest scores in Test Cricket History.
Top 10 lowest scores in Test Cricket History
#1 26 by New Zealand vs England in 1955
It takes us back to 1955 when New Zealand only managed to score 26 in their second inning against England on their home soil. The game was played in Auckland. Surprisingly New Zealand had taken 27 overs to score those 26 runs against England’s bowling. Bob Appleyard had a bowling figure of 6-3-7-4 in that inning for England. Bert Sutcliffe was the only batsman from New Zealand who managed to score a double-figure score with 11. This is still the lowest score in test cricket history.
#2 30 by South Africa vs England in 1896
In the early days of cricket England was one of the toughest teams to play. South Africa found that same as well. The game was a home match for the South African team at Port Elizabeth. However, it was one of the worst matches in their history. They had scored only 93 runs in the first inning. In the second inning, they had a target of 319 runs. But, they only could manage to score 30 runs in the second inning as well. Robert Poore was their highest scorer with a score of 10. George Lohmann had taken 8 wickets just for 7 runs for England in that inning.
#3 30 by South Africa against England in 1924
Now, in 1924 South Africa had another tough time to bat against the English bowlers. This time it was in Birmingham, England. With Arthur Gilligan talking 6 wickets for England, South Africa was bundled out for 30 in the first inning. Though they had managed to score 390 runs in the second innings after they were forced to follow on by England. England won that Test by an innings and 18 runs. This is third in the list of “Top 10 lowest scores in Test Cricket History”
#4 35 by South Africa vs England in 1899
South African batsmen had some affairs with English bowlers. In the second test of the 1899 England tour of South Africa, South Africa was fighting very hard to win over the English on their home soil. With the only target of 246 to win the test match South Africa only managed to score 35 runs in 27 overs. Albert Powell only had scored a double-digit score with 10 runs against his name. Schofield Haigh had taken 6 wickets for England.
#5 36 by South Africa against Australia in 1932
South Africa and lowest scores in test cricket are related just like controversy and Shane Warne. In the 5th test of 1932, the South Africa tour of Australia, South Africa had a very tough match. In the first inning of that test match in Melbourne they scored 36 with captain Jock Cameron scoring the highest score of that inning with his score of 11. In the second inning also they only managed to score 45 as Bert Ironmonger took 6 wickets for the Aussies.
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