Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History

Cricket is played by very few countries in the world, and one of the main reasons, perhaps, is how time-consuming they can be. Let’s think about the Test Matches: it takes 5 whole days to complete one single match, and even after that, some matches might just end in a frustrating draw. That cricket is a very complex sport with many rules to remember and understand is beside the point, for the time being. The whole pace of a cricket match is rather slow.

Even if we consider the shortest format, i.e. the T-20 cricket, one match takes 4 hours to complete. Still, this format has brought in many new viewers. The cricket fans who have more traditional bend of mind still prefer the test matches. But, on some instances, the test matches have been seen to end rather quickly. Here is a list of Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History. Let’s take a look at these.

Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History

10. Australia vs. South Africa (1912)

Top 10 Shortest Test Matches
Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History

The 1st Test Match of the 1912 Triangular Tournament was played between Australia and South Africa on 27th May 1912, at the Old Trafford Ground, Manchester. This match continued for just 2 days and lasted till the very next day 28th May. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first and reached a whopping 448 runs while losing all of their 10 wickets in 122.3 overs. South Africa, in their first innings of batting, lost all their 10 wickets with 265 runs in 116 overs. The South African team, in their second innings of batting after follow-on, again lost all their 10 wickets with just 95 runs in 28.2 overs and failed to achieve the target set by Australia’s innings. Australian bowler TJ Matthews scored hat-trick in each innings both on the same day of the test match. Australia emerged victorious in the test match by an innings and 88 runs.

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9. South Africa vs. England (1896)

Top 10 Shortest Test Matches
Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History

The 3rd Test Match of the 1896 England in South Africa Test Series was played between South Africa and England on 21st March 1896, at the Newlands Ground, Cape Town. It was a 5-ball/over test match which lasted for just 2 days and English player EJ Tyler made his test debuts in this match. England won the toss and opted to field first, South Africa and scored just 115 runs with all their 10 wickets gone in 48 overs. England, on their first innings, scored 265 runs with all their 10 wickets gone in 101.4 overs. South Africa, in the second innings, again lost their all 10 wickets with just 117 runs in 64 overs and failed to meet the target set by England’s first batting innings. England earned their victory in the test match by an innings and 33 runs.

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8. South Africa vs. England (1896)

Top 10 Shortest Test Matches
Top 10 Shortest Test Matches in Cricket History

The 1st Test Match of the1896 England in South Africa Test Series was played between South Africa and England on 13th February 1896, at the Crusaders Ground, St George’s Park. It was a 5-ball/over test match which continued for just 2 days till the very next day 14th February, and SMJ Woods made his debut for England after playing for Australia in this match. South Africa won the toss and chose to field first, and England made 185 runs losing all their 10 wickets in 70.4 overs. South Africa, on their first innings, scored 93 runs, losing all their 10 wickets in 30.4 overs. England, in the second innings, again lost their all 10 wickets with 226 runs in 80.4 overs. South Africa, in the final innings while chasing, failed to achieve the required run to win the match and lost all 10 wickets with 30 runs in just 18.4 overs. England won the match by 288 runs.

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