Stats: England bowl Ireland out for 38 to win the Lord’s Test

Stats: England bowl Ireland out for 38 to win the Lord’s Test

From England's greatest comeback to a new low for Ireland, here are all the major stats and numbers recorded during England’s record comeback at the Lord’s.

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England pulled off a 143-run win after getting bundled out for only 85 in the first session of the one-off Test against Ireland at the Lord’s. The visitors were cruising towards a big lead when they were 132/2 but England bowlers bounced back to bowl them out for only 207. Night-watchman Jack Leach’s 92 and Jason Roy’s 72 put England in a commanding position of 171/1 in the second essay.

However, the Irish pacers struck back to restrict the home team to 303. Sam Curran’s 37 and Stuart Broad’s 21 towards the end played a key role in extending their leading to 181. Defending a low total, Chris Woakes took 6/17 while his bowling partner Stuart Broad finished with 4/19 as Ireland were rattled for just 38 in only 15.4 overs.

All the major stats and numbers recorded during England’s record comeback at the Lord’s:

The greatest comeback:

1 – England became the first side to win a Test after being bowled out in the opening session of the match. Their innings of 23.4 overs comprise the shortest completed opening innings of a Test which resulted in a victory.

England batted 35.3 four-ball overs in the 1887 Sydney Test against Australia which translates into 143 balls; one more than what England played against Ireland. In terms of the number of overs batted, Australia’s 32.1 comes second which was during the 1907 Melbourne Test against England.


85 – England’s total of 85 is the lowest first innings total of a Test from which any team has won in the last 111 years. In this span, Pakistan (99 vs England in 2012) is the only other side to win a Test after getting bowled out under 100 in the first innings of a Test. England’s total is also the 5th lowest such total in Test history.


A new low for Ireland:

38 – Ireland’s total of 38 in the second innings is the 7th lowest total in the history of Test cricket. This is also the lowest Test total by any side since New Zealand recorded the lowest ever total of 26 in 1955. The total of 38 is also the lowest team total in a Lord’s Test surpassing India’s 42 in 1974 against the hosts.


94 – Ireland’s second innings lasted 94 deliveries (15.4 overs); the joint 2nd shortest innings in the history of Test cricket. South Africa bundled out in 12.3 overs (75 balls) in the 1896 Birmingham Test against England.

England lasted exactly 15.4 overs in the 1902 MCG Test against Australia while South Africa bundled out in 18.4 5-ball overs in the Port Elizabeth Test in 1896 against England which is equivalent to 94 deliveries. In the 1936 Brisbane Test, the Aussies bundled out for 58 against England in only 12.3 overs but each over consisted 8 balls meant the innings lasted 99 deliveries.


The game of ducks:

1 – All the four innings of this Test witnessed the No.6 batsman bagging a duck. This is the first instance of players batting at No.6 got out for a duck in all four innings of a Test. In fact, this is only the 2nd Test match in the history where all four innings witnessed a duck at the same position. The 1999 Port of Spain Test between Windies and Australia had four ducks at No.10 position.


1 – Both the wicketkeepers in this game bagged pair to record the first such instance in the history of Test cricket. England’s Jonny Bairstow and Ireland’s Gary Wilson were dismissed for a duck in both innings of this Test.


A Test of sub-100 totals:

10 – This Test was only the 10th in the history of Test cricket where both the teams got bowled out under 100 at least once in the same game. The last such instance was during the 2011 Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia.


123 – Collective runs from England’s 1st innings and Ireland’s 2nd innings in this game; the fewest in a Test match across first and 4th innings. The 1899 Test match in Cape Town between South Africa and England aggregated 127 runs across 1st innings and 4th innings of the match.


Sharing wickets:

1934 – Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes record only the 6th instance of opening bowlers sharing ten wickets bowling unchanged in an innings for England. The last of the previous five was in the 1924 Birmingham Test against South Africa.