Cricket is a game where anything may happen. Now and again, the rivals employ unusual strategies. Four times during Test matches, a captain used his entire squad to bowl out the opponent. The game of cricket has seen several memorable moments. Fans have watched some spectacular moments that lighted up the game, whether it was Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century or Yuvraj Singh’s six-sixes in one over. These records will undoubtedly be broken at some point in the future.
Cricket fans have witnessed rare situations in which all eleven players bowled in a Test inning. Within the rules of the game, this achievement is unbreakable. The achievement of having the most bowlers bowl in a test inning contributes to Test cricket’s status as the greatest format in the game.
Australia vs. England – 3rd Test, 1884
From the 11th to the 13th of August in 1884, this test was held. The Australian squad on tour was playing England. This was the first time a captain bowled out a Test team with all of his men. Three historical events are associated with the Test. Choosing to bat first, Australia amassed a massive 551 runs, aided by a deft double century from captain Billy Murdoch, the first double century in Test cricket. The Test was later remembered for another rare incident, in which the English employed all eleven of their players to bowl against the powerful Australians. The entire squad, including the wicketkeeper, had to roll their arms for the first time in Test cricket. England fought back valiantly but could only muster 346 runs before being invited to continue by the opponents. In their second innings, England scored 85 runs in 26 overs, resulting in a tie.
Australia vs. Pakistan – 2nd Test, 1980
It took another ninety-six years to see another Test inning in which all eleven players bowled. It happened again in 1980, during a Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Faisalabad. This Test match was placed at Faisalabad from the 6th to the 11th of March, 1980. Choosing to bat first on a hot field, the Aussies hammered the hosts, scoring 617 runs. The Australian bowling lineup was the center of attention in a Test match where the batsmen dominated most of the time. The game came to a close without a clear winner.
West Indies vs. India – 4th Test, 2002
The fourth Test of India’s 2002 tour of the West Indies was the following occurrence. India was on a tour of the West Indies at the time. The series was deadlocked at one game apiece, and both sides were desperate for a win. On the other hand, the Antigua pitch was a belter, and the batsmen relished their time in the middle. Before declaring their inning, Team India racked up a massive 513/9. The Caribbean side destroyed the subcontinent bowlers, who were struggling really badly, and then Ganguly made his whole team bowl. In the end, the West Indies declared their innings at 629/9, resulting in a tie.
South Africa vs. West Indies – 4th Test, 2005
When South Africa toured the West Indies in 2005, all 11 players bowled in the match. The match featured the West Indies cricket team once again. The Proteas batted first in the fourth Test against South Africa and amassed a massive 588 runs. AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith achieved the century in the first two innings, scoring 114 and 126 runs. With 588/6 runs, South Africa declared their innings. In response, the West Indies batsmen got off to a great start, with Chris Gayle setting a new record by hitting a triple century. The South Africans attempted every bowler in the book to take the West Indies wickets.