It appears that it was by Curtly Ambrose in the final test between
Australia and West Indies in Perth in the 1996-97 series - a 15 ball
over. However, do note the comment below that not all match reports
will contain that type of information.
This is an answer to a similar question posed to BBC?s cricket scoring
expert, Bill Frindall.
?Ambrose played in three Perth Tests and I eventually tracked down the
over you witnessed. According to the excellent Allan's Australian
Cricket Annual it was a 15-ball over (not 18) containing 9 no-balls
and it took 12 minutes to bowl. Allan Miller describes it as 'perhaps
the longest over in Test cricket'.
In terms of balls bowled I have no record of a longer one but such
things have not always been noted in match reports and only a detailed
examination of the score sheets of all Test innings would produce a
definitive table. The closest I have on record is the 13-ball over (3
wides, 4 no-balls) delivered by GOB 'Gubby' Allen v Australia at Old
Trafford in 1934.?
Corroborated by the ICC web site in Google cache only.
?Curtly Ambrose: The Long Goodbye - Curtly's last Test match
appearance on Australian soil, the Fifth Test at the WACA on February
3. So long, that he overstepped the mark to be no-balled nine times in
his final over - his fifteen-ball over believed to be the longest over
in Test cricket in modern times. Earlier, his final innings of the
series ended in a run out when he got his bat stuck in a crack in the
pitch trying to ground it behind the return crease.?
The West Australian newspaper (headline only, the full article can be
purchased for $2.95)
?Ambrose Bowls On ... And On
The West Australian, 4 February 1997, 262 words,
FEARSOME fast bowler Curtly Ambrose added another record to his
impressive list of achievements yesterday when he sent down what
surely must be the longest over in Test cricket.?
I have found no further references to a new record since Frindall?s answer in 2001.
This other comment may be of interest.
?For the record, the longest over I have noted is an 18-ball over by
GC Small for Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston in 1982 which
included 11 no-balls and 1 wide. The longest over I have noted for
limited overs cricket is a 14 ball over by GD McKenzie for
Leicestershire v Kent in 1971, but the 8 extra balls were all
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