Five in­fa­mous bat­ting col­lapses by Aus­tralia

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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

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