Lowest Team Total in TEST: As a batsman, you have to be patient and use your time at bat. Most of the time, the team with the lead is the one that scores run in their first turn at bat. They can set the rules because high scores in the first innings make it less likely that they will lose the Test match. This is why teams that bat first try to score big and make it impossible for the other team to win.
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At the same time, there are times when a team’s poor performance with the bat means they lose the Test match on the first day of the game. Even though the Test match goes on for 5 days, there is no way for the team to win again after this.
Lowest Team Total in TEST Cricket
In the long history of Test match cricket, the lowest first innings totals are listed here:
1. New Zealand – 26/10 vs England:
The worst record in Test cricket belongs to the New Zealand cricket team, which has the lowest score ever. During the second Test of England’s 1955 tour of New Zealand, the Kiwis were only able to score 26 runs before they were all out. After beating Australia 3-1 in the 1954–55 Ashes, England went to New Zealand as the clear favorite. They were led by their rebellious captain Leonard Hutton, who has faced the most balls in a Test innings.
In the meantime, New Zealand was full of problems. Before the England series, they were beaten 4-0 in South Africa, and only a miracle could have saved a win against the powerful England team.
2. South Africa – 36/10 vs Australia, 12th-15th February 1932, Melbourne:
South Africa has the unfortunate record of having scored the fewest runs in the first innings of a Test. During the time when pitches were left open, the famous MCG was where the Australian bowler got the Proteas out for just 36 runs. Bert Ironmonger, an Australian left-arm spinner, caused a lot of trouble by taking 5 wickets for only 6 runs. As if that wasn’t enough, Bert took another 6 wickets in the second innings, when South Africa only scored 45 runs and was bowled out.
Australia won the game by an innings and 72 runs, giving them a 5-0 record in their five-game home series.
3. New Zealand – 42/10 vs Australia, 29th-30th March 1946, Wellington:
This list of the lowest 1st innings totals in Test Cricket includes yet another game that took place before World War II. New Zealand, one of the newest teams at the time, had a terrible time in both of their batting turns against a strong Australian attack. In their first innings, the Kiwis only scored 42 runs, and Bill O’Reilly took 5 wickets for 14 runs. Their second innings wasn’t any better, as they were all out for 54.
In the end, the Aussies won the only Test at the Basin Reserve by an innings and 103 runs in less than 2 days.
4. Bangladesh – 43/10 vs West Indies, 4th-6th July 2018, North Sound:
West Indies held Bangladesh to only 43 runs at the North Sound in Antigua. This is the most recent team to join the list. In the first session of the Test match, Kemar Roach took 5 wickets and 8 runs from Bangladesh’s top players. The Windies beat the visitors by a huge margin of an innings and 219 runs thanks to this amazing performance. They won the series by a score of 2-0.
5. England – 45/10 vs Australia, 28th-31st January 1887, Sydney:
To find the 4th lowest first innings total in Test history, we have to go back to the 25th Test match ever played at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This was the first game of the 1887 Ashes, and the Aussies were the ones to beat up the other team. This time, it was their biggest rivals, England, who were on the receiving end. The other team was knocked out after only 45 runs.
But unlike the other three games, England won this one by 13 runs because they scored 184 in the second innings while the Aussies could only score 119 and 97 in their two innings.
6. New Zealand – 47/10 vs South Africa, 2nd-4th January 2013, Capetown:
The second time the Kiwis got into the top five for lowest first innings Test total was in the 2013 traditional New Year’s Test at Newlands, Capetown. The Proteas bowlers, led by pacer Vernon Philander, ended New Zealand’s innings after they had scored only 47 runs. In response, South Africa batted and scored 347/8, which was enough to beat New Zealand by an innings and 27 runs.
Top 10 Lowest Team Total in Test Match:
|1||25/03/1955||New Zealand||England||Eden Park||26||England won by an innings and 20 runs|
|2||13/02/1896||South Africa||England||St George’s Park||30||England won by 288 runs|
|3||14/06/1924||South Africa||England||Edgbaston||30||England won by an innings and 18 runs|
|4||01/04/1899||South Africa||England||Newlands||35||England won by 210 runs|
|6||12/02/1932||South Africa||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||36||Australia won by an innings and 72 runs|
|7||17/12/2020||India||Australia||Adelaide Oval||36||Australia won by 8 wickets|
|8||24/07/2019||Ireland||England||Lord’s||38||England won by 143 runs|
|9||10/02/1888||Australia||England||Sydney Cricket Ground||42||England won by 126 runs|