England cricketers have been having a hard time in the last few days. There is a lot of time difference with Australia, this time it seems more. They had to watch the first three Tests after midnight, and had to endure the terrible performance of England in the middle of the night. Many have woken up early in the morning to watch the end of the day (Australia) game.
After a long time, England smiled on the faces of the supporters yesterday. England were bowled out for 165 in Melbourne by Jimmy Anderson to stop Australia at 26. Yesterday, however, Mitchell Stark and Pat Cummins took away the smile on their faces. England lost 4 wickets and scored only 31 runs. Yet who thought of the fate of this match? Today, the third day’s game rolled 61 balls. At the end of one hour, the two teams got a break from drinking water. Shortly after returning from the break, the two teams were back in the dressing room.
England lost by an innings and 14 runs after being all out for 6 runs. When the match was over, it was a little over half past one in the clock in England.
Being bowled out for 6 runs means the birth of various records. Let’s say the first record. Scott Boland, who made his Test debut in the second innings, took 6 wickets for 6 runs in just 4 overs. At the end of the match, his figure stood at 6 for 55. In other words, Boland got 1 wicket for every 7.75 runs.
The minimum number of matches played, if not taken into account; Boland is now the best bowler of all time to take at least 5 wickets in Test history. Charles Smith had this record for so many days. The English fast bowler took 6 wickets in two innings against South Africa in 189. He averaged 7.61 in just one Test career.
Smith bowled 36.2 overs in the Test at Port Elizabeth. However, as the length of the over was 4 balls, his strike rate was 22. This is what kept him ahead for so many days. But Boland is the best here in Melbourne with one wicket per 14.5 balls.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Usually 6 wickets for 6 runs guarantees any bowler the next Test. But fortunately both of the three Australians who took five wickets in this year’s Ashes have played. Zhai Richardson got a chance in the second Test because Cummins and Hazlewood were not there. Cummins has been ruled out due to a minor injury. And Boland got that opportunity. It is normal for Boland to be dropped when Hazlewood returns in the next Test. The 32-year-old pacer has never played a Test before, so it’s no surprise.
Better a poor horse than no horse at all. Boland got 6 wickets for 6 runs today. The record of 6 wickets for less runs in a Test innings is only one. This is something that cricket fans in Bangladesh should remember. In the Dhaka Test in 2002, Bangladesh were all out for 60 runs for 3 wickets. Jermaine Lawson, who took 6 wickets for 3 runs, played a role in this. However, he took 8 wickets in 15 balls, without spending any runs!
England will not be relieved if they go from personal record to team record. The Melbourne Test ended with 1064 balls as England could not last even 27 overs. No match has been played on Australian soil in the last 60 years.
Australia won the innings by 27 runs. No team has won a Test with so few runs since 198. Something like that was seen in Ashes 133 years later! In all, no team has ever won an innings by scoring less than seven runs in Test history. And that is another record. Despite a 72-run lead in the first innings, Australia won by an innings. There is a record of winning twice with such a low lead in history and only twice.
In 1955, England won by an innings after a 48-run lead. Because New Zealand made history by scoring only 26 runs in the second innings in Auckland. The memory of the second incident is not so old. The West Indies took a 74-run lead against England in Jamaica in 2009. Jerome Taylor’s remarkable spell reduced the English to just 51 runs.
Four English batsmen returned empty-handed in the second innings against Starc and Boland. In 2021, England got 54 ‘ducks’ in Tests. England have reached their previous record of zero at most in a calendar year. However, the record was set by England in 1998 when they played one more match (18 Tests). This is a new record from there. And in 2021, the total number of all versions was zero in Bangladesh (6). Today, England is sitting next to him in the record.