Friday, November 11, 2011

The Bowler's Day in a century

A stunning day of Test Cricket in Cape Town produced Twenty-three wickets, which is the highest in the last hundred years, and a rare day of Test Cricket during which all four innings were featured.

In fact, only three times have more batsmen been dismissed in a day, and all of them before 1903. The record stays at twenty-seven (27), in a Test at Lord's between England and Australia in 1888. The same two teams were involved in the other two matches also when more than twenty-three (23) wickets fell: in Melbourne, when twenty-five (25) went down on the opening day in 1902, and at The Oval in 1896, when 24 wickets went down on the second day. 

Earlier in the day, Australia skittled South Africa for 96 and then suffered a horrendous collapse, falling to 21 for 9 on a pitch that was not as bad as the figures suggest. The lowest total in Test history was New Zealand's 26 against England in Auckland in 1955, and only some late fight from Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon pushed Australia past that humiliation. 

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