It could have been worse! England's lowest Test totals

Being dismissed for 58 in a Test match is embarrassing, but there have been five occasions when England have fared even worse.

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England suffered a day of abject humiliation in Auckland on Thursday as they were bowled out for just 58 by New Zealand on the opening morning of the first Test.

Five batsmen recorded ducks, including skipper Joe Root, as the tourists' innings was wrapped up by Trent Boult (6-32) and Tim Southee (4-25) in just 20.4 overs, with New Zealand subsequently easing to 175-3 in reply.

Remarkably, England could have posted a much lower total; they were in total disarray on 27-9 before Craig Overton (33 not out) at least lifted his side past their record-low total of 45 - against Australia in 1887.

Overton's efforts meant England ultimately registered their sixth-lowest score in Tests. We take a look at the five occasions when they somehow mustered even fewer runs.


45 all out - 1st Test v Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground, January 1887

England's lowest Test total was recorded 131 years ago, yet they incredibly went on to win this match after being routed for 45 in the first innings.

Charlie Turner and J. J. Ferris took six and four wickets respectively for Australia - the same tallies recorded by Boult and Southee on Thursday - while George Lohmann (17) top-scored from number nine just as Overton did at Eden Park.

Australia could only muster 119 in reply and England sensationally claimed victory as they posted 184 in their second innings before dismissing Australia for just 97, thanks largely to Billy Barnes (6-28).


46 all out - 3rd Test v West Indies, Queen's Park Oval, March 1994

No living person will have recollections of the aforementioned encounter in Sydney, but England's second-lowest total will doubtless be firmly imprinted in the memory of many supporters.

Having been set 194 for victory in Trinidad, Mike Atherton's side were blown away by Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh - the former leading the way with figures of 6-24 from 10 overs.

Alec Stewart - Atherton's opening partner - made 18, but the second-highest score in the innings (seven) came courtesy of the extras column.


51 all out - 1st Test v West Indies, Sabina Park, February 2009

Fifteen years after their Trinidad horror show, England served up another shambles in the Caribbean as they crumbled to 51 all out against the Windies in Jamaica.

England were only 74 behind on first innings, but nevertheless failed to make their hosts bat again. Andrew Flintoff (24) was the only man to reach double figures as Jerome Taylor (5-11) and Sulieman Benn (4-31) wreaked havoc.


52 all out - 5th Test v Australia, The Oval, August 1948

The great Len Hutton must have watched on in horror as a succession of team-mates failed to provide him with any support in an Ashes dead rubber.

Opener Hutton made 30 from 124 balls before becoming the 10th and final batsman to fall in an innings dominated by Ray Lindwall (6-20). Australia duly cantered to victory to wrap up a 4-0 series win.


53 all out - 1st Test v Australia, Lord's, July 1888

Turner and Ferris - the bowlers who condemned England to their lowest Test score - were at it again 18 months on from their Sydney heroics, taking 5-27 and 3-19 respectively at Lord's.

In fairness to the England batsmen, it appears scoring was tricky throughout this match. Totals of 116 and 60 were enough for Australia to prevail by 61 runs as the hosts were dismissed for 53 and 62.

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