Cricket: Just how bad is 45 all out?

New Zealand's total of 45 was their worst against South Africa. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealand's total of 45 was their worst against South Africa. Photo / Getty Images

The Black Caps were bundled out for 45 in their first innings in Cape Town last night. Where does that rank in cricket history?

The Black Caps score of 45 is New Zealand's third worst in test cricket and the 12th worst in test history.

It is New Zealand's lowest total in 66 years since the 1946 side were bowled out for just 42 against Australia at the Basin Reserve.

It is the worst team total in all of test cricket in the last 39 years since India were bowled out for 42 in 1974.

It is also New Zealand's lowest ever against South Africa.

The Black Caps batted for just 19.2 overs and 100 minutes - their shortest innings of all time. New Zealand's lowest ever total is 26 against England in 1955, however that side batted for 27 overs.

According to Cricinfo it was the shortest innings by a side after winning the toss and deciding to bat in 116 years. Australia were bowled out in 22.3 five-ball overs against England in 1896.

It was the 23rd time in test cricket that New Zealand has failed to pass 100. The fifth time since 2002. Chris Martin has played in four of those five innings - scoring a total of zero runs. Brendon McCullum played in three of those matches.

Kane Williamson was the only batsman to reach double figures and top-scored for New Zealand with 13. It's only the 30th time in test cricket where 10 of the 11 batsmen failed to reach double-figures.

Daniel Flynn was the only batsman to spend more than 30 minutes out in the middle, batting for 72 minutes.

The Black Caps scored just five boundaries.

Extras had the third highest score with seven.

In reply three South African batsmen have already passed New Zealand's total - Alviro Petersen (103 not out), Hashim Amla (66), Jacques Kallis (60).


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