David Hooks died in an accident in January 2004 at the age of 48. The Australian, who played only 23 Tests and 39 ODIs, was not a famous batsman whose name the common cricket fans of Bangladesh would know. But on the day of this former cricketer’s death, no cricket fan in Bangladesh had to introduce him.
Because six months ago, Hooks insulted Bangladesh cricket. Bangladesh visited Australia for the first time in 2003. Bangladesh played two Tests in Darwin and Cairns on July 18 and 25. By then it was clear that Bangladesh got Test status before it was ready. So the talkative Hooks said before the start of the series, Australia should aim to finish the Test in one day.
Hooks, who became known as a commentator, said, ‘Steve Waugh should send them in to bat first, get all out before lunch and declare the innings themselves by batting till the tea break. And again before the end of the day’s play they were all out. It is possible to complete the test in one day.’
He also called on the successors to demolish Bangladesh, ‘To be honest, Bangladesh does not deserve to play Tests. And it is not right to give them any advantage in the field. If the Australian team wants to show respect to Test cricket, it should aim to destroy Bangladesh.’ Bangladesh responded to that journey by taking both matches in three days against the then all-conquering Australian team.
But what Australia could not do by getting young Bangladesh, India and South Africa almost did it in Cape Town. The two teams played just 107 overs in the Cape Town Test, which ended in just one and a half days.
The match went to five sessions as the two teams batted four times and were all out at the end of the session almost every time. In terms of overs, the two teams have managed to spend only one day in Tenetun.
In the first innings yesterday, the host team scored 55 runs in 23.2 overs. India played 34.5 overs before being bowled out for 153 runs. Aidan Markram’s single-handed 106 couldn’t stop the collapse today, as the hosts were bowled out in 36.5 overs. And India crossed the target of 79 runs in 12 overs.
That means the match ended in 642 balls or 107 overs. The fielding team is usually penalized if less than 90 overs are played in Tests. Again, more overs than the specified quota were often seen on spin-supporting wickets. Sometimes 15 overs are bowled by extending 30 minutes to settle the match. That is, 105 overs are also seen to be bowled in a day. In that case, the Cape Town Test ended in one day.
The shortest Test match ever played was the 1932 Melbourne Test. Batting first, South Africa were bowled out for 36 runs. Australia did not fare well either, being bowled out for 153 runs on the first day. The Proteas lost 1 wicket after going to bat again on the first day. The game was not played the next day due to rain. 45 runs all out on the third day and lost the innings and 72 runs.
He was only able to go so close to the record in one Test. In 1935, West Indies were bowled out for 102 runs in 47 overs at Bridgetown. England announced the innings after 7 wickets fell for 81 runs in 29.3 overs on a deteriorating wicket.
Batting again, the host team lost 6 wickets to score 51 runs in 19 overs. Windies announced the innings hoping to test England on a tough wicket. Wally Hammond scored an unbeaten 29 in 16.3 overs to give the team a 4-wicket win in a target of 75 runs. In all, 112 overs were played in the odd Test.