28 March 1955: England Restrict New Zealand to Lowest Ever Total

It is really hard to imagine that any cricket team can be bowled out for just 26 runs in a Test innings. But, it actually happened!

28 March 1955: England Restrict New Zealand to Lowest Ever Total

It is hard to imagine that any cricket team can be bowled out for just 26 runs in a Test innings. But, it actually happened!

All the way back in 1955, on this day, a Geoff Rabone-led New Zealand meekly surrendered against Leonard Hutton's England team. The Test match was also the last Test of Hutton's career.

The occasion was the second Test between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland.

New Zealand, who opted to bat in the first innings, had put 200 runs on the board and then bowled out England for 246 conceding a 46-run lead to the visitors.

Kiwis started their second innings trailing by 46 runs.

England's Bob Appleyard (4/7) and Brian Statham (3/9) wrecked havoc on the New Zealand batting line-up and destroyed the Kiwis for a meagre 26 runs to register a resounding victory by an innings and 20 runs.

The score of 26 is still the lowest total by a team in Test history.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
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