After the humiliation of Lord’s, England have come roaring back into this Ashes series at Edgbaston and now following Steven Finn’s terrific bowling in Australia’s second innings, the tourists are facing the possible humiliation of a two-day Test defeat.
But what are the shortest ever completed Test matches? And if England were to complete a remarkable victory before the close today, where would this humiliation rank for Australia in cricketing history?
If England manage to wrap up the third Test in two days, it would be the first two-day Test since 2005, when New Zealand thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 294 runs in Harare, with the darling of earlier in this summer, Brendan McCullum, scoring 111.
England haven’t won a Test inside two days since 2000, when they beat the West Indies by an innings and 39 runs, Andy Caddick taking 5/14 as the visitors were bowled out for 61 in the second innings.
If Australia were to lose inside two days it would be the first time in 125 years they have done so and only the third in their history, the last defeat coming at The Oval in 1890, a match in which WG Grace played in.
Following their dominant performance in the last Test, it would mark a drastic turnaround in fortunes, yet another twist in this impossibly unpredictable Investec Ashes series.Reuse content