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SA-Aus 1st Test, Day 2: A day of numerous records

November 11, 2011 11:52 IST

Australia were in real danger of recording the lowest ever score in Test cricket on the second day of the Cape Town Test when they lost their ninth wicket with only 21 runs on the board. They, however, managed to escape from the ultimate humiliation and ended with 47-- their lowest ever against South Africa and their fourth lowest in Test cricket.

Oz Scoreboard- Australia's innings lasted for only 18 overs (108 balls). This is their second shortest Test innings and sixth shortest in all Test cricket. Australia were bowled out in 99 balls by England at Brisbane in 1936-37. The shortest ever innings in Test cricket is 75 balls by South Africa against England at Birmingham in 1924.

- Number 11 batsman Nathan Lyon top-scored in Australia's second innings -- only the 8th such instance in Test history.  Last time this happened for Australia was 115 years ago!

- The tenth wicket partnership between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon saved Australia from real embarrassment as the two took the score from 21-9 to 47.The tenth wicket partnership thus contributed 55.31% of Australia's total. This is the highest contribution by tenth wicket partnership in an all-out innings. Two Wasims- Raja and Bari had contributed 45.70% when they added 133 in Pakistan's total of 291 against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1976-77.

- As many as 23 wickets fell in the day -- fourth most in a day's play in Test cricket.

- The rarest of rare things happened at Cape Town on Tuesday. Part of all four innings took place in a single day  -- only the third such instance in Test annals.

The first took place during the England-West Indies Test at Lord's in 2000. On the second day West Indies' innings ended with the first ball, England were bowled out for 134, but then skittled West Indies for 54. England faced seven balls that evening. Walsh batted and bowled in all the four innings!

The second such instance involved India. At Hamilton in December 2002, India started the third day at 92 for 8 and were soon all out for 99. They, however, skittled out New Zealand for 94, but were then bowled out again themselves for 154. New Zealand then ended the day with 24 for no loss. Ashish Nehra and Tinu Yohannan batted or bowled during all four innings that day.

At Cape Town, Peter Siddle batted or bowled in all the four innings.

Australia's lowest ever all-out totals

Score Opposition Venue Season Result
36 England Birmingham 1902 Drawn
42 England Sydney 1887-88 Lost
44 England The Oval 1896 Lost
47 South Africa Cape Town 2011-12 To-be-seen
53 England Lord's 1896 Lost
58 England Brisbane 1936-37 Lost

Shortest completed Test innings (in terms of balls)

Balls Score For Opponents Venue Season
75 30 South Africa England Birmingham 1924
94 30 South Africa England Port Elizabeth 1895-96
94 61 England Australia Melbourne 1901-02
99 58 Australia England Brisbane 1936-37
102 42 India England Lord's 1974
108 47 Australia South Africa Cape Town 2011-12

Number 11 top scoring in a completed innings!

Runs Score Batsman Teams Venue Season
50 163 Fred Spofforth Aus v Eng Melbourne 1884-85
16 44 Tom McKibbin Aus v Eng The Oval 1896
62* 333 Bert Vogler SA v Eng Cape Town 1905-06
30* 199 Asif Masood Pak v WI Lahore 1974-75
34 215 Jayantha Amerasinghe SL v NZ Kandy 1983-84
31 124 Talha Jubair Ban v Ind Chittagong 2004-05
42 304 Steve Harmison Eng v SA Cape Town 2004-05
14 47 Nathan Lyon Aus v SA Cape Town 2011-12

Most wickets to fall in a single day

Wkts-Runs Teams Venue Season Day
27-157 England (17) v Australia (10) Lord's 1888 2nd
25-221 Australia (15) v England (10) Melbourne 1901-02 1st
24-255 England (14) v Australia (10) The Oval 1896 2nd
23-294 Australia (12) v South Africa (11) Cape Town 2011-12 2nd

Compiled by Rajneesh Gupta