Tahir creates new record for worst Test bowling

SA captain Graeme Smith consoles Tahir during the Adelaide Test.

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has recorded the worst bowling figures in a Test match.

His match figures of 0-260 in just 37 overs against Australia in the second Test in Adelaide has surpassed the previous worst ever by Pakistan's Khan Mohammad, who posted figures of 0-259 against the West Indies in 1958 - all from one innings.

Tahir's figures came from two innings in Adelaide, after 0-180 in Australia's first innings, he recorded 0-80 in the second dig completed on Sunday.

Adding to his insult, the Pakistan-born tweaker thought he had escaped the inglorious record by taking a wicket on Saturday when Australia opener Ed Cowan was caught at cover from his bowling.

Tahir again went wicketless and finished his nightmare with an average of 7.02 runs being scored from his 37 overs in the game. He managed just one lonely maiden.

Tahir's woes have drawn sympathy from his teammates, with former leg-spinner turned commentary doyen, Richie Benaud being blunt in his assessment.

"You have got a guy there ... who can't bowl," he said.


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