Cricketing world erupts as England’s Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad blow Ireland away for just 38

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England bundled Ireland out for 38 to win the one-off Test against Ireland by 143 runs and avoid being on the end of a stunning upset.


Ireland, playing their third Test, were chasing 182 for a famous win, only to be demolished by Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad in perfect conditions for seam bowling.

In the damp and gloom and with the floodlights on at Lord’s, Woakes swung the ball both ways to claim 6-17 and Broad nipped it around for 4-19.


At one stage, three Irish wickets fell for no run and the last nine for just 18 as Ireland registered the seventh-lowest total in Test cricket history and the lowest at Lord’s.

Woakes and Broad bowled unchanged through an innings that took only 94 deliveries, the joint-second shortest in Test history.

Also, from England’s perspective, it was a bowling performance that masked the deficiencies of their batsmen, who collapsed in each innings and were reliant on 92 from nightwatchman Jack Leach on Thursday.


Indeed, their first-innings total of 85 was the lowest to win a Test match for 112 years.

Here’s how the cricketing world reacted on Twitter:

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