Test Cricket: South Africa is without doubt one of the best cricket teams in the world, irrespective of the format. The Proteas are always known for their consistency and, despite being called the underdogs, they surprised other strong teams with their performance. South Africa started their cricketing journey in test cricket in 1888-89. However, they are not that strong in the early days.
But as they gained experience, they became among the best teams in the world. However, after a ban by the ICC, South Africa made their comeback in cricket in 1991. And since then, they have been among the best in the industry. But every team goes through some bad days. Notably, South Africa had four of the five lowest innings totals in test cricket. So, in this article, we will discuss the lowest innings total for the Proteas in test cricket.
3. South Africa (35 all out) against England at Cape Town
The lowest innings total for South Africa came in a match against England in 1899 at Cape Town. Batting first, England got all out for 92 in 48 overs in their first innings. Jimmy Sinclair took six, while Bonnor Middleton picked up four wickets. In reply, the Proteas made 177 runs and took a lead of 85 runs in their first innings. After taking six wickets, Jimmy Sinclair scored 106 runs with the bat as well.
But in the second innings, England batted really well. They scored 330 runs and gave South Africa a target of 245 runs to chase. Johnny Tyldesley scored 112 for England. Chasing the target, the African team went through a horrible start and kept losing wickets. In the end, they were bowled out for just 35 runs and lost the match by 210 runs.
2. South Africa (30 all out) against England at Birmingham
This was the first match of the tour between South Africa and England at Birmingham in 1924. After winning the toss, the African team chose to bowl first. England batted really well in the first innings and scored 438 runs in 124 overs. In that innings, five English batters reached the half-century mark.Africa, George Parker picked up six wickets. But in response, it was the totally opposite batting performance.
South Africa were all out for just 30 runs in 12.3 overs. None of the batters reached the 10-run mark; only the extras were 11 runs. They batted again as per the follow-on with a lead of 408 runs. However, the Proteas batted decently in the second innings and scored 390 runs, but that was not enough. As they lost the match by an innings and 18 runs.
1. South Africa (30 all out) against England (Second lowest every in Test cricket)
Notably, all three of the lowest score in Test Cricket for South Africa have come against England. They have been dismissed for 30 runs twice by England, which is the second lowest ever by any team in history. It was a match way back in 1896. Batting first, England made 185 runs in their first innings. In response, South Africa were all out for 93 runs in 30.4 overs and gave away a lead of 92 runs.
With a healthy lead of 92 runs, England scored another 226 runs in their second innings. They set a target of 318 runs to chase, which was a big target in those days. However, South Africa made the blunder of the chase and got all out for even less as compared to their first innings total. The whole team got out for just 30 runs and lost the match by a huge margin of 288 runs.
List of Lowest Test Score of South Africa
|30||18.4||4||England||Gqeberha||13 Feb 1896|
|30||12.3||2||England||Birmingham||14 Jun 1924|
|33||22.4||4||England||Cape Town||1 Apr 1899|
|36||23.2||1||Australia||Melbourne||12 Feb 1932|
|43||28.2||3||England||Cape Town||25 Mar 1889|
|45||31.3||3||Australia||Melbourne||12 Feb 1932|
|47||47.1||2||England||Cape Town||25 Mar 1889|
|58||26.1||1||England||Lord’s||10 Jun 1912|
|72||50.1||4||England||Cape Town||1 Jan 1957|
|72||33.4||4||England||Johannesburg||24 Dec 1956|