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The recent story of England batting collapses

The home side’s defeat by Pakistan at Lord’s showed a familiar pattern of frailty in front of the stumps.

Lord's brought a familiar tale of woe for England and Joe Root, left
Lord's brought a familiar tale of woe for England and Joe Root, left

England’s first-Test defeat to Pakistan wrapped up with a further reminder of their worrying habit of batting collapses.

England lost their last four wickets for six runs on Sunday morning at Lord’s, adding just seven in all to their overnight 235 for six as Jos Buttler and Dom Bess’ century stand on day three went to waste.

It was not even the first collapse of the innings – Buttler and Bess came together at 110 for six despite England earlier reaching 91 for two – while they also lost five for 16 and six for 35 in the first innings.

Defeat put England up against it in the two-Test series, as they were after an innings of 58 all out in the first of two matches against New Zealand in the winter, while a 4-0 Ashes defeat saw the lower order repeatedly crumble.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at England’s recent history of batting collapses.

Bangladesh v England, October to November 2016

Shakib Al Hasan

The pattern goes back more than 18 months and began against the most unlikely of opposition. Even in winning the first Test, England lost five second-innings wickets for 26 before being rescued by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. They lost five for 59 in the first innings of the second Test and worse was to follow – from 100 without loss chasing 273, they lost all 10 second-innings wickets for a further 64 to spinners Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan to draw the series.

India v England, November to December 2016

Sub-continental conditions continued to trouble England’s batsmen, aside from the first Test on a Rajkot road. They lost six wickets for 40 and all 10 for 83 in their second innings in Visakhapatnam, five for 51 in Mohali and six for 15 in Mumbai to lose the series before all 10 fell for 104, seven of them to Ravindra Jadeja, in the final Test in Chennai following a century opening stand in a high-scoring match which saw Karun Nair hit 303 not out in India’s 759 for seven declared.

England v South Africa and England v West Indies, July to September 2017

Keaton Jennings is bowled by South Africa’s Vernon Philander at Trent Bridge

A return to home conditions last summer eased England’s malaise slightly, but they still lost nine for 94 in winning the first Test against South Africa and lost the second at Trent Bridge after runs of seven wickets for 62 in the first innings and 10 for 129 in the second. They recovered to win that series 3-1 and beat the Windies 2-1, though the latter series saw England lose four wickets for 23 in an admittedly low-scoring decider at Lord’s.

Australia v England and New Zealand v England, November 2017 to March 2018

Australia celebrate Mark Stoneman's wicket on day one of the Ashes

The Ashes opener saw England lose their last six first-innings wickets for 56 and their first four in the second innings for 74 at Brisbane’s “Gabbatoir” to set the tone. They lost seven for 64 in Adelaide followed by six for 35 and six for 85 in their two innings in Perth to fall out of contention at 3-0 down and finished the series in fitting style by losing their last seven for 87 in an innings defeat in Sydney. New Zealand offered no respite, with all 10 falling for a meagre 52 in Auckland while even in the drawn second Test, England’s first innings lurched from 93 for two to 94 for five.

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