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Top 10 shortest Test matches in history

  • Rain, wet outfields, dangerous pitches, Test cricket has been curtailed for a number of reasons. Some of these might shock you.
Kaushal Raj
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:51 IST

9) England vs New Zealand, Manchester, 15 – 19 August 1931

Old Trafford
A caricature of a match ending in a draw at Old Trafford due to rain

With the series in the balance at 1 – 0 in a 3 match Test series, the teams travelled to Manchester to decide the fate of the Test series in 1931. Any fan of Manchester United or Manchester City would know that it pours in Manchester, all the time. There was a similar story in this Test as rain absolutely battered down on the first couple of days, not allowing any play whatsoever.

Due to the heroic efforts of the ground staff, some cricket was played on day 3 where English batsmen Herbert Sutcliffe and KS Duleepsinjhi piled on the misery for the visitors, with the former recording a fine century. Rain intervened again and play had to be called off, with England taking the series.

Total balls bowled: 426 (71 overs)

Score: England – 224/3 in 71 overs, NZ – N/A

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Published 23 Aug 2016, 19:28 IST
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