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Australia's batting lows

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Australia folded like the proverbial pack of cards at Trent Bridge. 

Stuart Broad was England’s ace, taking 8-15, as the tourists tumbled to 60 all out on day one of the fourth Investec Ashes Test - but that total was far from the worst one recorded by the Baggy Greens at Test level.

Read on to learn about the six occasions they failed to pass 60 - and how they were once skittled for 36 at Edgbaston but DID NOT lose the game…

36 (v England, Edgbaston, 1902)

Replying to England’s 376-9 in the first Test, Australia made a right old hash of their innings. The Baggy Greens lasted just 23 overs as they were blown away for the joint fifth-lowest Test total of all time. Legendary batsman Victor Trumper (18) notched exactly half of the tourists’ runs, with Bert Hopkins (five) the next best. Destroyer-in-chief was England spinner Wilfred Rhodes (7-17), with Yorkshire colleague George Hirst (3-15) his support. The pair bowled 22 of the 23 overs, leaving Len Braund with relatively dismal figures of 0-1 from one over… Unbelievably, Australia avoided defeat - rain washing out England’s victory push - and went on to win the series 2-1, their fourth Ashes triumph in a row.

42 (v England, Sydney, 1888)

Fourteen years before their horrific 36, Australia had subsided against England in a one-off Test tussle. With no formal system then in place with regards to England touring overseas, two sides - an Arthur Shrewsbury XI and a George Frederick Vernon XI - joined forces to cream Australia by 126 runs. George Lohmann and Robert Peel - not the one of Prime Ministerial fame - both took five-fors and it was only due to a positively enormous 10 from No 9 batsman Tom Garrett that the home side scrambled into the thirties and beyond. Handed a second-innings promotion - up to the heights of No 7 - Garrett could only notch a 20-ball one as Australia collapsed again, slipping to 82 all out with Lohmann (4-35) and Peel (4-40) prospering once more.

44 (v England, The Oval, 1896)

The Aussies really do like capitulating against the English, don’t they? Another hapless performance came at Surrey’s ground and once again Mr Peel played a starring role. The Yorkshireman pocketed 6-23 as Australia - chasing 111 for victory in not only the third Test but also the series - crumbled. The tourists sunk to a staggering 25-9 and only reached 44 thanks to a top-scoring 16 from No 11 Tom McKibbin. England - who made just 84 themselves in their second dig - wrapped up the win when Bobby Abel proved he was very able by swallowing McKibbin one-handed at slip off the bowling of Jack Hearne (4-19). Was the take as good as Ben Stokes’ at Trent Bridge? We can't be sure but it did rubberstamp a 2-1 win so I doubt The Guv'nor would care.

47 (v South Africa, Cape Town, 2011)

As Thursday at Trent Bridge proved, staggering batting collapses are not just a pre-war issue for Australia - and they suffered another during a barmy Test match at the base of Table Mountain four years ago. They made 254 in their opening innings but it was only really Michael Clarke, with 151, who looked at home. South Africa certainly didn’t as they spiralled from 49-1 to 96 all out but Australia were then quite dreadful. With Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey among four duck-makers, the away side fell to 21-9 and indebted to bowlers Nathan Lyon (14) and Peter Siddle (12no) for not becoming just the second team - after New Zealand in 1955 - to be dismissed in the twenties. Still, their innings lasted just 18 overs and the Proteas subsequently eased to an eight-wicket victory.

53 (v England, Lord’s, 1896)

We’re going back into the annuls again for this horror show with the blade. Australia thoroughly disliked London in 1896, with their aforementioned disintegration at The Oval only marginally bettered by this paltry score at the Home of Cricket. Shell-shocked by Tom Richardson (6-39) - the England right-arm quick castling each of his victims - Australia lost five batsmen for ducks, including skipper Harry Trott, a distant relation of former England man Jonathan. Trott fared much better in his second knock, notching his one and only Test hundred and sharing a 221-run stand with fellow centurion Syd Gregory as Australia posted 347. England, however, would then seal a six-wicket triumph, despite the cult figure of WG Grace departing for a meagre seven.

58 (v England, Brisbane, 1936)

Australia had suggested they had a big collapse in them when they went from 166-2 to 234 all out in their first innings - the final seven batsmen adding just 27 runs between them - but few could have predicted the way they would wilt while chasing 381 to win. Jack Fingleton was bowled first ball and even the great Sir Don Bradman - who ended his career with 29 Test centuries and an average of 99.94 - recorded a duck, becoming one of Sir Gubby Allen’s five scalps. Australia were done and dusted in 12.3 overs - albeit overs of eight balls - to lose by 322 runs. Perhaps, though, their aim was to lull England into a false sense of security. After being beaten by an innings in the next Test, in Sydney, Australia found their mojo, coming storming back to take the series 3-2.

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