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Where England’s collapse against Ireland ranks in their shortest innings

England’s shortest innings lasted just 94 balls against Australia in 1902.

Olly Stone was last man out to the 142nd ball of England’s innings (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Olly Stone was last man out to the 142nd ball of England’s innings (Bradley Collyer/PA)

England were bowled out inside a session by Ireland in their one-off Test at Lord’s.

The innings lasted just 23.4 overs and here, PA looks at how it compares to the Three Lions’ shortest completed Test innings.

61 all out v Australia, 1902 – 94 balls

(PA Graphic)

Only South Africa, against England in 1924, have been bowled out quicker in a Test match. Monty Noble took seven for 17 and Hugh Trumble three for 38 as England failed to surpass their hosts’ 112, Gilbert Jessop top-scoring with 27. Australia won by 229 runs after making 353 in their second innings.

46 all out v West Indies, 1994 – 115 balls

Pace duo Curtly Ambrose (six for 24) and Courtney Walsh (three for 16) did the damage in Port of Spain as England collapsed in pursuit of a seemingly manageable target of 194. Michael Atherton, England’s captain who was dismissed by Ambrose from the first ball of the innings, was on commentary duty for the latest calamity against Ireland.

58 all out v New Zealand, 2018 – 124 balls

You do not have to look back too far for the last example of England being bowled out in the first session of a match. Number nine Craig Overton, in his third and so far last Test, scored more than half of England’s runs with an unbeaten 33 as Trent Boult took six for 32 and Tim Southee four for 25.

101 all out v Australia, 1904 – 137 balls

Another fourth-innings collapse as England came up well short of a target of 320, Trumble this time taking the central role in the destruction with seven for 28. Tip Foster top-scored with 30 as England only lost nine wickets on this occasion, with opener Tom Hayward absent hurt.

85 all out v Ireland, 2019 – 142 balls

“I didn’t think I’d be on the away honours board,” quipped Ireland’s London-born Middlesex stalwart Tim Murtagh after exploiting his knowledge of Lord’s to pick up five for 13. Debutant Mark Adair and former England import Boyd Rankin took the other wickets as only Joe Denly, Sam Curran and England debutant Olly Stone reached double figures.

45 all out v Australia, 1887 – 143 balls

Adair’s final wicket got Ireland into the top five, one ball ahead of a loss to Australia 132 years previously which saw England bowled out in 35.3 four-ball overs. Charlie Turner took six for 15 and JJ Ferris four for 27 as George Lohman, with 17 from number nine, posted England’s only double-figure score.



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