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Teams who have won a Test after following on



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Out of over 2,000 Tests, only four times has a team won a Test match after following on. New Zealand, in February 2023, became the first team since 2001 to achieve the feat in a thrilling win over England.

Here is the list of teams who have won after following on.

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1. England beat Australia by 10 runs, Sydney 1894

The first happened way back in the 42nd Test in 1894 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia amassed 586 in the first innings, led by George Giffen (161) and Syd Gregory (201). England responded with 325 and then 437 when sent into bat again.

Defending 177, Bobby Peel produced a spell of 6/67, supported by Johnny Briggs’ 3/25. Australia were cruising at 130/2, only to lose their last eight wickets for 36 runs to fall short by ten runs.

2. England beat Australia by 18 runs, Headingley 1981

The next instance happened nearly 100 years later. It was England against Australia once again, this time at Headingley.

Australia, who hit 401/9 declared, blew England away for 174 thanks to Dennis Lillee (4/49), Terry Alderman (3/59) and Geoff Lawson (3/32). With England reeling again at 135/7 in the second innings, the legendary Ian Botham smashed 149* to give England a fighting 129-run lead.

It was another legend – Bob Willis – who then dismanted the Australia lineup with 8/43 to bowl them out for 111. The tourists were never able to bounce back after this defeat, losing the next two Tests to lose the 1981 Ashes series.

3. India beat Australia by 171 runs, Kolkata, 2001

One of the great Test wins in history. Australia, who came into the Test having won their previous 16 matches, including the first Test of the 2001 series against India, took a 276-run lead on the first innings.

However, not even the most optimistic of Indian fans could have dreamt of what would happen next. Still trailing by 44 at 232/4, VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) combined for a famous 376-run partnership that sent Eden Gardens into raptures.

Batsmen Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater and Justin Langer bowled 21 overs between them, as India amassed 657/7 in their second

For India to win, there was still the small measure of knocking over a great Australia team inside a day’s play with a target of 383 to defend. What was even more remarkable was that Australia still had seven wickets in hand at tea on day five. But, Harbhajan Singh ran riot, taking 6/73 in 30.3 overs, along with Sachin Tendulkar who showed his bowling prowess with 3/31.

4. New Zealand beat England by 1 run, Wellington, 2023

Without a doubt one of the greatest Tests of all time. Neil Wagner, who had gone to all parts previously in the series, fought back to deliver a memorable New Zealand victory.

After being blown away by Harry Brook and Joe Root, New Zealand then found themselves 103/7 in pursuit of England’s 435/8. Tim Southee (73) and Tom Blundell (38) helped bring the deficit down to 216 to keep their heads above water.

Surprisingly, England chose to enforce the follow on. Five of New Zealand’s top seven hit a 50+ score in the second dig, with the classy Kane Williamson top scoring with 132. However, the Black Caps lost their last four wickets for just five runs, leaving thoughts in the back of everyone’s minds that 258 might just be a little too short against England.

It seemed that way as Root and Ben Stokes took England to 201/5 after the depths of 80/5. But, Wagner and Southee rallied to pull off a victory by one run, after Ben Foakes (35) looked set to get England over the line. What a game.

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