3 instances when teams won after following on in Tests
- It is not impossible to win after following on. Some teams proved just that
#2 England vs Australia, Leeds
Third Test, Ashes 1981
This Test is fondly called 'Botham Test' due to Ian Botham's exceptional performance with both bat and ball that set the tone for England's Ashes victory.
England were 0-1 down coming into the Third Test and the victory in the Third Test was not less than a miracle.
Batting first, Australia scored 401/9 and declared on the back of a ton by John Dyson and vital half-centuries by captain Kim Hughes and Graham Yallop.
England huffed and puffed throughout its first innings and eventually reached 176.
Leading by 227, Australian team did not waste time to enforce a follow-on.
England had a nightmarish start to their second innings too as they kept losing wickets from the word go. Opener Graham Gooch went for a 3 ball duck and soon England were reeling at 135-7. Still 92 behind and with only 3 wickets left, an Australian win was just a formality now.
But, Botham had some other plans. He added a 117 run eighth wicket partnership with Graham Dilley. Further, he added 67 runs with Chris Old for the ninth wicket and 37 runs for the last wicket with Bob Willis. England eventually ended up with 356 runs. Ian Botham remained unbeaten with 148 off 149 balls.
Chasing 130, Australia cruised to 56 for 1 and were still the clear favourites. But what followed was completely staggering. In a phenomenal display of swing bowling, Willis took 8 wickets as the Australian last 9 wickets tumbled for 55 runs and were eventually bowled out for 111 thus losing by 18 runs.Published 08 Oct 2018, 13:25 IST