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Steven LynchAugust 13, 2014
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India were 8 for 4 in the fourth Test. How many worse starts than this have there been? asked Krish Menon from India.

There have been only eight worse starts in Tests than India's 8 for 4 at Old Trafford (by which I mean the score at the fall of the fourth wicket).

India were famously 0 for 4 at Headingley in 1952, thanks to Fred Trueman and Alec Bedser, and later in the same series were 6 for 4 (and then 6 for 5) at The Oval.

England were 2 for 4 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1999-2000, in Michael Vaughan's first Test, almost a century after being 5 for 4 against Australia in Melbourne in 1903-04.

There have been four instances of a Test team being 7 for 4: by Australia against England at Old Trafford in 1888, at The Oval in 1896, and again in Brisbane in 1936-37; and more recently by Bangladesh against India in Mirpur in 2007.

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