Test wins after follow on: Test cricket is often called the purest format of the game. It is the oldest format in the world. Moreover, the cricketers enjoy playing Test cricket more than any other format.
Each team gets an opportunity to play two innings when the game is evenly poised. At times, we have witnessed so many one-sided contests.
In such scenarios, a team gets to play only once whereas the opposition team will be asked to follow on if they come up with a low-scoring total in the first innings.
Usually, when a team is asked to follow on, the chances of winning the game are merely low. However, on four occasions, some teams have pulled off the unthinkable.
Let’s take a look at the list of teams that have achieved the rare feat of winning a Test match after being asked to follow on.
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1. New Zealand
England declared the first innings at 435/8 and in reply, New Zealand posted 209 in the first innings. Kiwis were asked to follow on and they scored 483 runs.
Meanwhile, England fell short of the target by a whisker as they lost the game by 1 run. England scored 256 in the run-chase in the second Test on February 28, 2023.
Australia posted 445 runs in the first innings and in response, India were bowled out for 171 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2000-01. India were asked to follow on.
In fact, India responded with a humongous 657/7 and declared the innings. Australia were bowled out for 212 and lost the game by 171 runs.
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During Australia’s tour of England in 1981, Australia declared the innings at 401/9 and in reply, England were bowled out for 174. England were asked to follow on in Leeds.
England responded with 356 runs. On the other hand, Australia were bundled out for 111 runs, losing the game by 18 runs.
England’s cricket team gets featured twice on this list of rare feats. In 1894, Australia posted 586 runs in the first innings before England were bowled out for 325 runs.
England were asked to follow on and to which, they scored 437 runs in the second innings. Australia were bowled out for 166 runs and lost the game by 10 runs in Sydney.
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