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Instances When 11 Bowlers Were Used in an Innings

There have been 4 instances in test cricket when all the 11 players of the side found their name in the bowling cards. The first match of such a record happened in 1884 and the latest one was in 2005. All those matches were high-scoring ones and ended up in a draw.


England Vs Australia, The Oval (1884)

 It was the third test of Australia's tour of England. Batting first, Australia piled up 551 runs with Billy Mudroch scoring a double century and Percy McDonell and Tup Scott scoring centuries. In reply, England was all out for 346 runs. England was made to follow on, and the game ended in a draw. England were 85/2 in their second innings.

It was in the first innings of Australian batting, that the English team had used 11 bowlers. It was the first time in the history of test cricket. Interestingly, the best bowling figures of 4/19 in the innings for England was achieved by their wicketkeeper Alfred Lyttelton. Lyttelton was also the first man to play both cricket and football for England.


Australia Vs Pakistan, Faisalabad (1980)

The second test of Australia's tour of Pakistan took place on a flat track of Faisalabad. Winning the toss, Australian captain Greg Chappell elected to bat first. He led from the front scoring a double century. Australia reached a mammoth score of 617 runs. In reply, Pakistan reached 382/2, and the match ended in a draw. For Pakistan Taslim Arif scored a double century and Javed Miandad scored a century. The Australian captain used all his available members to throw down some overs. Even the Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh sent down 10 overs for 51 runs. He went wicketless.

Rod Marsh

India Vs West Indies, St. Johns (2002)

It was the fourth test of India's tour of WI, in 2002. It was the first time in a test match when Wicketkeepers from both sides has scored a century. Winning the toss, West Indies opted to field first. India declared their innings at 513/9. VVS Laxman and Ajay Ratra scored centuries for India. In reply, West Indies scored 629 for the loss of 9 wickets in the first innings. Carl Hooper, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and Ridley Jacobs scored centuries for the West Indies. India used 11 bowlers in the West Indies innings. Indian wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra bowled 1 over, while Rahul Dravid kept wickets.

Ajay Ratra

South Africa Vs West Indies, St. Johns (2005)

It was the fourth time a team has used 11 bowlers in the history of test cricket. Interestingly it was the second time this has occurred in this venue of St. John’s ground. Batting first South Africa declared their innings at 588/6. AB De Villiers, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, and Ashwell Prince scored centuries for South Africa. In reply, the West Indies scored a mammoth score of 747 runs! Chris Gayle scored a triple century and Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and Dwayne Bravo scored centuries. South Africa used 11 bowlers. Their wicketkeeper Mark Boucher sent down 1.2 overs and picked the wicket of Dwayne Bravo. He was the last man to be dismissed in the West Indies innings. In their second innings, South Africa reached 127/1 and the match ended in a draw.

Mark Boucher



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