Five infamous batting collapses by Australia
Five batting collapses by Australia, who lost the second Test against South Africa by an innings and 80 runs yesterday:
Cape Town, November 2011
Australia crash to their worst total in more than a century as they collapse to 47 all out in the second innings against South Africa in Cape Town. Bowlers Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon are the only players to reach double figures as Australia lose the first Test by eight wickets. It clocks in as Australia’s fourth lowest total, the other three coming against England in a 14-year span from 1888 to 1902. “Yes, it’s Australia and not Austria,” jokes former Australia legspinner Bryce McGain.
Trent Bridge, August 2015
Australia make just 60 in 18.3 overs, the shortest completed first innings in history, to lose the fourth Test against England and surrender the coveted Ashes trophy. Only two players-captain Michael Clarke, and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson-reach double figures, and Australia’s highest single scorer is extras, with 14. Social media makes hay as Australia’s entire innings, ball by ball, can be repeated in a single, 140-character tweet, with room to spare. For England, fast bowler Stuart Broad takes an astonishing eight wickets for just 15 runs. It isn’t Australia’s first collapse in the series, after they lost 5-25 and 6-50 in the first Test, and 5-60 and 4-30 in the third. Clarke announces his retirement after the ‘Terror at Trent Bridge’, handing the baton to Steve Smith.
Galle, August 2016
Australia lose nine wickets for 52 runs in the first innings before slumping to a 229-run defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka. The visitors are on 54 for 1 before Usman Khawaja is bowled by Dilruwan Perera, precipitating their rapid demise to 106 all out. The eventual defeat hands Sri Lanka an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, and the hosts later win the third Test to complete a 3-0 sweep.
Perth, November 2016
Australia reach 158 without loss, well placed to overhaul South Africa’s first innings 242 when David Warner is dismissed for 97, the first of 10 wickets to fall for 86 as they finish just two runs ahead on 244, despite strike bowler Dale Steyn’s departure with a broken shoulder. The visitors then slam 540 in their second innings and canter to victory by 177 runs.
Hobart, November 2016
A collapse in each innings sets the seal on South Africa’s series victory and indicates a crisis for Australia, who suffer their fifth straight Test defeat. In the first innings, Smith’s unbeaten 48 accounts for more than half of Australia’s 85 all out. Vernon Philander takes 5-21 for South Africa.
There’s no improvement from Australia in the second innings as they lose their last eight wickets for 32 runs to go down by an innings and 80 runs in just two days and one session of play, after the second day was washed out. —AFP