Test cricket, also known as the longest format of the game is all about patience and resilience. This format, which is admired by true cricket fans spans five days and 450 overs (90 overs per day) across four innings.
The batters as well as bowlers get to play and bowl many quality deliveries. Batters take time to set themselves at the crease. They do so by leaving/ dodging the quality wicket-taking deliveries and only going attacking when they see the delivery is worth smashing for runs. During that course, the batting team tends to leave deliveries or doesn’t score runs on scores of deliveries they face. If the bowling team is good enough, they get the reward for bowling the most consecutive dot balls in a Test match.
Sri Lanka holds the record for playing the most consecutive dot balls
This unique record is held by Sri Lanka who bowled consecutive 154 balls against the Australian team. The Lankan team bowled dot balls starting from 64th over and bowled dot balls and went on to bowl dot balls until the third ball of the 89th over. This record was made back in 2016 in a test series.
After deciding to bat first, Sri Lanka had a terrible start to the game, being bowled out for 117. They fought back, however, and in their first innings, they bowled out their opponents for 203. After that, the hosts put up a valiant 353 in their second innings, helped by an exceptional 176 from Kusal Mendis. Australia had to win by chasing down 268 thanks to his knock.
Most Consecutive Dot balls in a Test Match
With the exception of Smith’s half-century, the Australian batting order buckled under the pressure. No other batsmen showed up. The lower order struggled to earn a draw as a result of the top order’s failure, scoring a total of four runs from over 57 to the finish of their innings. Between the final ball of the 56th over and the fourth ball of the 63rd over, there was a similar dry spell that lasted for 41 balls. The difference between the two spells was closed by a Stephen O’Keefe boundary in the fourth ball of the 63rd over.
The dry barren period was upsetting for Sri Lanka because they were on the verge of defeating Australia in the first Test. With the victory, they defeated Australia for the second time in Test cricket, handing visiting captain Steven Smith his first Test loss. Additionally, the Australians suffered their sixth straight loss on Asian soil after losing 2-0 to Pakistan in 2014 and 4-0 to India in 2013.
In a time where Strike rates are a very important part of the game, Test cricket still stands apart. In a format where the strike rate is not given too much importance. The focus is still on patience, average, and understanding the match situation. There have been many times when it was important not to give a wicket and just spend the day in the middle and for which players have batted the whole day with scoring close to none. We will now look at the slowest innings of all time.
Most Consecutive dot balls played by Batters in Test cricket
5. Ab de Villiers (14.47)
The proteas legend who is well known for his hitting abilities has a unique record to his name, his innings against India in Delhi. Ab scored at just a 14.47 strike rate. The innings are of the finest innings from the veteran. In the fourth innings, South Africa had to chase down 481. The South African squad merely wanted to tie the game because they couldn’t win.
In the fourth innings, AB de Villiers faced 297 balls and scored 43 runs. His 14.47 strike rate in this game places him at number five on our list.
4. Aarvinda de Silva (14.13)
The Sri Lankan veteran had to grind all day on the pitch to make sure his team doesn’t lose the crucial match. Zimbabwe finished their first innings at 362/9 when Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe faced off in the second test match at Bulawayo. Andy Flower, the captain of Zimbabwe, encouraged the visitors to bat once again after Sri Lanka was dismissed for 218 in retaliation.
Sri Lanka was once again off to a terrible start after returning to the batting after losing both of their openers early. To rescue the exam, Sanjeev Ranatunga earned an unbeatable 100, and Aravinda de Silva made a key contribution. Before being out, De Silva faced 191 balls in his 27-run innings. The game was a draw in the end.
3. Jos Buttler (12.56)
The most unexpected name on the list is Jos Buttler. The wicketkeeper-batsman from England is famous for his power-hitting but Australia tasked England in the recently finished Ashes 2nd test match chasing a total of 468 runs in the 4th innings. Haseeb Hameed, England’s opening batsman, was out for a duck, and wickets fell often.
Jos Buttler, an English wicketkeeper, produced a knock of 24 runs in 207 balls (strike rate: 12.56) solely to bat all day. He did, however, give the Australians his wicket with a struck wicket.
Australia defeated its opponent by 275 runs.
2. Jack Rusell (12.34)
South Africa set a goal of 479 for England in a thrilling match played in Johannesburg in 1995. At the end of Day 5, England’s response score was 351/5, and the game finished in a draw.
Jack Russell was named the “Player of the Match” for helping his team win the test as he remained unbeaten at 29* in 235 balls with a strike rate of 12.34.
1. Hashim Amla (10.24)
Another South African legend on the list is Hashim Amla, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers participated in this endurance test in the same 2015 match where AB de Villiers played with a strike rate of 14.47 to save the test. Amla had a strike rate of 10.24 and managed just 25 runs off of the 244 balls he was confronted with.
To save an inevitable loss, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers also put up a partnership of 27 runs in 253 balls. India ended up winning the game by 337 runs.
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