England produced a brilliant display of bowling banking on Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad to create history as they wrapped off the one-off Test match series as fast as a Formula One car. Defending 181 runs, Broad and Woakes shared ten wickets between them in the morning session of day three to bowl out Ireland for a paltry 38 runs to complete their preparations for the upcoming Ashes.
Although England didn’t field their best XI, the batting needs to improve before the Ashes 2019 kick off from August 1 at Edgbaston. Batting first, England were all-out for 85 runs on an overcast Lord’s morning where the opponent bowlers shed fire. Joe Denly was the highest run-scorer with 23 runs before Ireland posted 207 runs to take a massive 122 runs lead. A fifty from Andrew Balbirnie and contributions from Paul Sterling and Kevin O Brien helped the visitors take a crucial lead.
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Trailing by 122 runs, England produced a much-improved batting effort. Jason Roy and nightwatchman Jack Leech made valuable contributions before the lower-order batsmen helped the host post a challenging total on the scoreboard. Ireland had all the time in their hand and ten wickets to chase down the target of 182 runs set by the English team, but the home side had some other plans in their mind. They came out all guns blazing in the morning session of the third day of the Test match to blow Ireland out of the game.
Chris Woakes provided the first breakthrough before Stuart Broad made his presence felt in the match. Woakes continued his outstanding form from the World Cup to claim six wickets while Broad picked four to skittle Ireland for just 38 runs, one of the lowest totals in the history of Test cricket. Moreover, this is also the lowest total at Lord’s and the lowest score in the last 64 years.
Here are the top 10 lowest totals in Test cricket:
|30||SOUTH AFRICA||ENGLAND||PORT ELIZABETH|
|35||SOUTH AFRICA||ENGLAND||CAPE TOWN|