This week marks 15 years since the Proteas deployed all 11 players with the ball against the West Indies in Antigua in 2005.
South Africa boasted an unassailable 2-0 series lead and the fourth and final Test yielded a high-scoring draw on a flat pitch at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St John’s.
The fixture delivered eight centurions, including West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who amassed a monstrous 317. He spent more than 10 hours at the crease, faced 483 deliveries and struck 37 fours and a trio of sixes.
Captain Graeme Smith had the entire team bowling during the West Indies’ 747 all out in the first innings.
Specialist batsman Herschelle Gibbs, Boeta Dippennaar and Ashwell Prince bowled. Wicketkeepers Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers bowled. Smith bowled all of 43 overs – the most in the innings.
Boucher snuck the dismissal of centurion Dwayne Bravo. This remains his only wicket in international cricket.
De Villiers got rid of tailenders Daren Powell and Tino Best. These remain his only wickets in Test cricket. De Villiers took seven more in ODI cricket.
This was the last time 11 bowlers were used in one Test innings. No team has done it since. England did so against Australia in 1884. The Aussies did it against Pakistan in 1980. India also did against the West Indies, in Antigua too, in 2002.
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