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Five ducks in a score of over 400

High team totals in which several batsmen made ducks and single-digit scores

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

July 4, 2012

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Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad head off satisfied men after sharing an unbroken 244-run stand, England v Pakistan, 4th npower Test, Lord's, August 27 2010
Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott led England to 446 at Lord's in 2010, after four of their team-mates made ducks © Getty Images

Four Sri Lankan batsmen were dismissed for ducks in the first innings of the recent Galle Test against Pakistan, and yet the hosts managed to score 472. Three of those ducks were by tailenders, so the bulk of the runs had been made before they were dismissed, but it was the second-highest total for an innings containing four noughts. This week's column is about teams that scored big despite several batsmen making ducks and single-digit scores.

The highest score in an innings with four ducks is West Indies' 501 against India in Georgetown in 2002. The hosts were 44 for 3, with Brian Lara caught for 0, before Carl Hooper made 233 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul 140. The most remarkable score, however, is England's 446 in the first innings of what is now an infamous Test at Lord's in 2010.

Mohammad Amir dismissed Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann for ducks, reducing England to 102 for 7. He also spoiled a jaw-dropping spell by overstepping on purpose. Then began England's riposte, with Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad scoring centuries during a record 332-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Pakistan were beaten by an innings and 225 runs.

Highest team totals including four ducks - Tests
Team Score Inns Ducks 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
West Indies 501 11 4 1 2 1 drawn v India Georgetown Apr 11, 2002 Test 1598
Sri Lanka 472 11 4 1 2 1 won v Pak Galle Jun 22, 2012 Test 2046
Pakistan 456 11 4 0 2 2 drawn v India Kolkata Nov 30, 2007 Test 1850
Australia 451 11 4 0 2 2 won v Pak Perth Nov 26, 1999 Test 1472
England 446 11 4 0 2 1 won v Pak Lord's Aug 26, 2010 Test 1971

Australia's 564 in the second innings of the timeless Test at the MCG in 1937 is among the top five scores that contain three ducks in the innings. It was a fascinating contest. Don Bradman declared Australia's first innings on 200 for 9 - declarations were unusual in timeless matches - to make England bat on an uncovered pitch made treacherous by rain. England collapsed to 76 for 9 and also declared, to return Australia the favour. It was the first time both teams had declared their first innings in a Test. Australia's openers were dismissed for ducks in the second innings, but instead of the usual pair of Jack Fingleton and Bill Brown, they had opened with tailenders Bill O'Reilly and Chuck Fleetwood-Smith. Bradman inverted his batting order to protect against the conditions. Australia were 97 for 5 before Bradman joined forces with Fingleton and added 346 runs, a sixth-wicket record that stood until 2009. Chasing 689, England were beaten by 365 runs.

In the second innings of another MCG Test, against Pakistan in 1979, Australia made one of the highest totals to contain five ducks. They lost this time, though. Chasing 382, Australia were 305 for 3, with Allan Border batting on a century. They were dismissed for 310. Sarfraz Nawaz got rid of Graeme Wood, Peter Sleep, Wayne Clark, Rodney Hogg and Alan Hurst for ducks. He claimed seven wickets for 1 run in 33 balls to finish with 9 for 86. The one that got away was Graham Yallop, who was run out.

Highest team totals including five ducks - Tests
Team Score Inns Ducks 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
South Africa 429 11 5 1 2 2 won v Ban Centurion Nov 26, 2008 Test 1895
South Africa 390 11 5 4 1 2 drawn v Eng Johannesburg Dec 24, 1938 Test 267
England 313 11 5 4 0 4 lost v WI Bridgetown Feb 6, 1954 Test 383
Australia 310 11 5 2 1 4 lost v Pak Melbourne Mar 10, 1979 Test 849
India 277 11 5 1 1 3 lost v Aus Adelaide Jan 23, 1948 Test 294

The first time six batsmen were dismissed without scoring in an innings was when West Indies skittled Pakistan for 128 in Karachi in 1980. It has happened twice since and remains the record for most ducks in an innings.

Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson became the first openers to score double-centuries in the same innings, in Barbados in 1965, and Australia amassed 650 for 6. Six West Indians were dismissed in single figures during the reply, but three made half-centuries, Rohan Kanhai made 129 and Seymour Nurse 201, to lead the hosts to 573. The match boiled down to a thrilling finish on the final day, with West Indies needing 28 runs in 16 minutes. Simpson deployed eight boundary riders, according to Wisden, and West Indies fell 11 short.

Forty years later, in St John's, six West Indian batsmen were out in single digits while replying to South Africa's 588. Chris Gayle made 317, though, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul 127 each, and Dwayne Bravo 107 as the hosts piled up 747. The draw contained the most centuries in a Test - eight.

Highest team totals including six single-figure scores - Tests
Team Score Inns 0-9 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
West Indies 747 11 6 0 4 2 drawn v SA St John's Apr 29, 2005 Test 1750
Australia 617 11 6 2 2 1 drawn v Pak Faisalabad Mar 6, 1980 Test 878
Australia 575 11 6 3 2 2 won v Pak Brisbane Nov 5, 1999 Test 1467
West Indies 573 11 6 3 2 2 drawn v Aus Bridgetown May 5, 1965 Test 589
Pakistan 570 11 6 0 2 1 won v India Bangalore Mar 24, 2005 Test 1743

The only non-Ashes entry in our table of highest totals with seven single-figure scores is Sri Lanka's performance in Faisalabad in 2004. In the first innings, six Sri Lankan batsmen did not make it to double figures, but Thilan Samaraweera made 100 to lead his team to 243. In the second innings, Sri Lanka had seven single-digit scores. They also had Sanath Jayasuriya's 253, though, and ended up with a total of 438. Pakistan were beaten by 201 runs.

Highest team totals including seven single-figure scores - Tests
Team Score Inns 0-9 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
England 494 11 7 2 1 1 drawn v Aus Lord's Jun 24, 1938 Test 264
Sri Lanka 438 11 7 2 1 3 won v Pak Faisalabad Oct 20, 2004 Test 1716
Australia 433 11 7 1 2 1 drawn v Eng Brisbane Nov 27, 1970 Test 674
Australia 426 11 7 1 2 1 won v Eng Brisbane Nov 25, 1994 Test 1275
Australia 419 11 7 0 2 2 won v Eng Melbourne Dec 26, 2006 Test 1824

Three of the five highest totals in which eight batsmen made single-figure scores were made in Sri Lanka. The first and highest is West Indies' 390 in 2001, when Brian Lara made 221 but eight others made 18 in total. Lara made 130 in the second innings but seven of his team-mates were dismissed in single figures and Sri Lanka won by ten wickets.

Highest team totals including eight single-figure scores - Tests
Team Score Inns 0-9 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
West Indies 390 11 8 2 1 1 lost v SL Colombo (SSC) Nov 29, 2001 Test 1572
Pakistan 345 11 8 2 1 2 won v WI Karachi Nov 15, 1990 Test 1154
India 329 11 8 1 1 1 won v SL Galle Jul 31, 2008 Test 1884
Pakistan 320 11 8 1 1 3 lost v SL Colombo (PSS) Jul 12, 2009 Test 1924
England 313 11 8 1 2 2 won v SA Johannesburg Dec 24, 1927 Test 168

The top three innings containing nine-single digit scores were by Australia, and two of them in Test victories. During the timeless SCG Test against England in 1882, Charles Bannerman and Percy McDonnell were the only Australians to go past 10 in the first innings. Bannerman made 70, McDonnell 147 and Australia 262. It was enough to set up a six-wicket win. In 1999, also at the SCG, Australia were in trouble in their second innings after taking a lead of 102. Michael Slater made 123 and Mark Waugh 24 and they dragged Australia to 184, setting a target that was 98 too many for Pakistan.

Highest team totals including nine single-figure scores - Tests
Team Score Inns 0-9 50 100 Inns# Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
Australia 262 11 9 1 1 2 won v Eng Sydney Mar 3, 1882 Test 7
Australia 198 11 9 2 0 3 lost v India Mumbai Nov 3, 1979 Test 860
Australia 184 11 9 0 1 3 won v Eng Sydney Jan 2, 1999 Test 1439
West Indies 181 11 9 2 0 2 lost v Aus Melbourne Dec 30, 1960 Test 500
England 176 11 9 2 0 1 lost v WI Port of Spain Mar 7, 1986 Test 1039

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Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for ESPNcricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I am this list is incomplete. Was there not an innings with 10 single digit scores? Can anyone provide the list? -- gsr

Posted by amumtaz on (July 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

A couple of interesting facts. The MCG Test in 1979 (Aus vs Pak) in which Sarfraz Nawaz dismissed Australia for 310 by taking 9 wickets was also the match in which Dave Whatmore made his Test Debut for Australia. The Karachi Test (Pak vs WI) in 1980 was where a rising bouncer from Holding (I need correction here) hit Zaheer on the helmet and knocking him out. He had to be taken off the field. He returned later but was not the same in the game.

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