The Ten Best Batting Collapses
Friday 13 February 2009
There is an unstoppable momentum about the great collapses in Test cricket. They become inevitable and like runs on banks can be triggered by the smallest incident: one thing leads to another.
Suddenly, bowlers take on a potent life force they may never have possessed before, the pitch begins to contain demons and there is nothing that can be done. It happened to England in the First Test in Kingston and there is an eerie fascination to see if it will happen again immediately.
Click on the image to the right to launch our guide to the best batting collapses in England v West Indies Test matches.
Collapses do that. But often feast follows famine – witness Bridgetown 1994 where immediately after the Trinidad debacle West Indies lost there for the first time in 59 years. England’s obliging fold in Kingston joins a spectacular elite. There was no rhyme or reason for it, it could not be seen coming but when it started there was quite obviously no stopping it.
Between them, England and the West Indies have fashioned some exemplary batting collapses in recent times. Kingston in 2009 may not be followed quickly but it will not be long.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Everton vs Wolfsburg match report: Tim Howard hands Everton clear advantage
Think before you ink: Manchester United fan gets Sir Alex Ferguson tattoo - and will regret it for the rest of his life
Paul Scholes column: Rio Ferdinand and John Terry row was bad but they could have kept playing for England
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
- 1 Scottish independence results live: Reunited kingdom - Scotland gives a clear 'No' in historic referendum
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'