Eng, SA now share 'record'

2012-02-06 18:27
Dejected England captain Andrew Strauss (AP)
Herman Mostert

Cape Town - England joined South Africa by becoming only the second team in the last 105 years to lose a Test after bowling the opposition out for less than 100 in the first innings of the game.

Pakistan on Tuesday defeated England by 71 runs in the third and final Test at the Abu Dhabi Stadium in Dubai to claim a 3-0 series whitewash.

Pakistan won the first Test by ten wickets and the second by 72 runs.

England bowled Pakistan out for 99 in the first innings, only to be shot out for 141 themselves. The Pakistanis then replied with 365 in their second innings before dismissing the tourists for 252 on Tuesday.

The last time a team won a Test after being bowled out for under 100 in the first innings of the match was way back in 1907 when England beat South Africa at Headingley in Leeds.

On that occasion the touring South Africans, led by wicketkeeper Percy Sherwell, skittled England out for 76 in the first innings.

However, South Africa could only reply with a score of 110. England scored 162 in their second attempt before dismissing South Africa for 75 to claim a relatively comfortable 53-run victory.

England's 3-0 series loss to Pakistan also added further incentive for the current crop of Proteas a few days before they embark on a tour to New Zealand. Should the South Africa beat New Zealand 3-0 in the Test series they will be the new No 1 ranked Test team.


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