England's dismal 81 is their lowest Test total EVER against India

TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: England’s dismal 81 all out in second-innings is their lowest Test total EVER against India… and this is the first time they’ve played four innings in a two-day Test match in 100 YEARS!

  • England’s 81 all out beats their record from 1971 of their lowest total against India
  • It was the shortest completed Test since Australia beat New Zealand in 1945-46 
  • Joe Root’s 5-8 were the best Test figures by an England captain since 1982 

England’s second-innings 81 was their lowest total in 125 Tests against India, undercutting 101 at The Oval in 1971.

The last time England were bowled out for fewer than 200 in five successive Test innings was back in the 19th century, when – across three series against Australia between January 1887 and July 1888 – they were dismissed for 45, 184, 151, 154, 113, 137, 53 and 62.

This was the first two-day Test England have played in since beating West Indies at Headingley in 2000 – and the first to involve all four innings since they lost to Australia by ten wickets at Trent Bridge in 1921.

England’s second-innings 81 on day two was their lowest total in 125 Tests against India 

England captain Joe Root shakes hands with Indian counterpart Virat Kohli after an extraordinary Test completed within two days

In terms of deliveries (830), it was the shortest completed Test since Australia beat New Zealand in 872 balls at Wellington in 1945-46.

Joe Root’s career-best five for eight were the best Test figures by an England captain since 1982, when Bob Willis took six for 101 against New Zealand at Lord’s. 

Only Gubby Allen and Arthur Gilligan among England captains have done better.

England skipper Joe Root celebrates one of his five wickets on a dramatic second day of action

Eight runs are also the fewest any Test spinner has conceded while taking a five-for, beating Australian Tim May’s five for 9 against West Indies at Adelaide in 1992-93.

When Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Jofra Archer for a duck, he became the second-quickest bowler to take 400 Test wickets, in just his 77th game. 

Only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who needed only 72 Tests, got there faster.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin became the second-quickest bowler to take 400 Test wickets

When Ishant Sharma, playing his 100th Test, launched Jack Leach over long-off, it was the first six he had hit in nearly 14 years as an international cricketer. 

Only Australia’s Glenn McGrath, whose first six came in his 102nd Test, has taken longer to clear the ropes.

Later, Jack Leach hit his first six too, launching Axar Patel down the ground – though this is only his 15th Test. 




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