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By the numbers: A truly awful Test for Australia

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15th November, 2016

Australia slumped to another heavy defeat against South Africa, their fifth Test loss in a row. There’s no sugar coating the demolition job in Hobart as these numbers show.

With no play on day two due to rain, the match was essentially over in two and a half days.


Australia’s combined total over two innings. Australia’s 85 was the lowest total in the history of Hobart Tests.

558 balls

That’s how long Australia’s two innings lasted. The last time Australia faced so few balls in a home Test loss was Don Bradman’s debut in 1928.


The number of Australian wickets to fall for single figures in the match. It equals the most number of single figure scores in a match by an Australian team. The last occurrence happened in 1912 against England.

8 for 32


Australia’s second collapse in the game.

After being bowled out for 85 in the first innings, Australia appeared to be fighting back thanks to a 79-run partnership between David Warner and Usman Khawaja and a 50-run partnership between Khawaja and Steve Smith.

However, once Khawaja fell the batting crumbled once again to inexplicably go from 2 for 129 to all out for 161.


The third highest partnership by Australia. It came between Joe Mennie and Steve Smith.


Australia’s overall run-rate for the match. It showed South Africa’s complete domination over the Aussies who struggled to break free even in the two 50-run parterships.



Kyle Abbott’s match figures. He tied the record for most wickets taken by any bowler in a Hobart Test. The guy was brought in for the injured Dale Steyn. Not a bad way to replace the side’s number one bowler!


The number of losses Australia has recorded in all international formats (T20, ODI and Tests) in 2016. One more loss would break the record.