August 6 2015; the day when Australia slumped to an embarrassing low. In a cricketing landscape where Twenty20 rules, Australia’s innings lasted less than a full T20 innings! (just 18.3 overs).
England consolidated with a lead of 214 by stumps, meaning they’ve all but won the Ashes.
To put things into perspective, where does last night rank in history?
Australia’s collapse last night is eighth on their lowest totals. Aside from the 47 against South Africa in 2011, Australia’s worst scores occurred in the late 1800s/early 1900s, when cricket scores resembled a high-scoring rugby league game.
Let’s rank Australia’s lowest team totals in the 21st century (under 100 runs)
1. 47 v South Africa (Cape Town) 2011 – fourth overall
2. 60 v England (Trent Bridge) 2015 – eighth overall
3. 88 v Pakistan (Leeds) 2010 – 29th overall
4. 93 v India (Mumbai) 2004 – 33rd overall
5. 98 v England (Melbourne) 2010 – 37th overall
So the Trent Bridge debacle ranks second in Australia’s 21st century lowest scores. It’s a damning stat.
While Australia will probably lose heavily at Trent Bridge, they still have the Oval Test to play. Luckily Australia have a practice match against Northants to regroup and make changes. Could Shane Watson be brought back for another quick 30? What of Michael Clarke? Will Fawad Ahmed win his first Test cap?
What about the psychological aspects? Darren Lehmann has worked hard to make his team competitive again after the “Homework-gate” saga. Boof is loved by the public, so he is likely to be given some leeway to rebuild against New Zealand and the West Indies this summer. If Australia do dine out on weak opposition, will it restore the confidence or just feel hollow after another Ashes humiliation? We’ll have to wait and see.