Numbers never lie
STAT: Australia have scored 939 runs at 23.75 runs per wicket in this Test series. That’s just marginally better than Zimbabwe’s 944 runs at 23.6 in the two-Test series on the 2001 tour to India.
Random related trivia: Current England Team Director Andy Flower had scores of 3, 8, 92 and 0 on that tour.
STAT: Aussie spinner Ashton Agar is the highest-scorer for the team with 130 runs while seamer James Pattinson has the best batting average of 36. When Australia blanked England 5-0 in 2006, seven of its batsmen averaged more than 40.
Random related trivia: Damien Martyn was the only frontline Aussie batsman in the series to average less than 40
STAT: The top six England batsmen have scored 951 runs in the two Tests. The entire Australian team has scored just 939. Of these, Agar, Pattinson, Siddle and Harris have scored 260.
Random related trivia: England’s two best batsmen, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook have scored just 85 and 83 runs respectively. The only two in the England top six to not make more than 100 runs.
STAT: Shane Watson’s strike rate of 71.24 comfortably beats that of any other front line batsman across both teams. Jonathan Trott is second with 60.91. Unfortunately for Australia, even James Pattinson (180) and Tim Bresnan (166) have managed to face more deliveries than Watson’s 153.
Random related trivia: Most runs scored in a Test innings by a batsman who faced the same number of deliveries as Watson:
28 in 14 balls by Shoaib Akhtar against India in 2004. Watson made 13 (1st Test, 1st innings)
83 in 74 balls by Kapil Dev against Australia in 1979. Watsdon made 46 (1st Test, 2nd innings)
61 in 42 balls by Ian Smith against Pakistan in 1990 and Matt Prior against Australia in 2009. Watson made 30. (2nd Test, 1st innings)
39 in 23 balls by Stuart Clark against England in 2006. Watson made 20 (2nd Test, 2nd innings)
STAT: Ashton Agar has a bowling average of 124 after two Tests having claimed just two wickets for 248 runs in four innings. In the history of Test cricket, and we are talking three centuries here, only England’s Min Patel (Have you heard of him before?) did worse. In his only two Tests, Patel had a bowling average of 180.
Random related trivia: After two Tests in the previous Ashes, left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty had three wickets at a SR of 151.6. Agar’s S/R is 252
STAT: In his first two Tests in England, James Pattinson has seven wickets in 91.1 overs at an average of 43.85. Zimbabwe all-rounder Andy Blignaut, known more for his big hitting than hitting the deck hard, bowled 49.1 overs in two Tests and claimed five wickets at an average of 38.
Random related trivia: England all-rounder Rikki Clarke claimed four wickets in two Tests against Bangladesh at an average of 15 in 2003 and was never picked again.
STAT: In the two Tests so far, Australia’s 10th wicket averages a jaw-dropping 73.75 with 295 runs and a best partnership of 163. The 10th wicket pairs have also survived more overs than any other Aussie pair this series, 69.5 overs, and have scored 31.41 per cent of the total runs. It’s also the second highest average of the series across both teams.
Random related trivia: In the first two games of the three-Test series in England last year that South Africa won 2-0, their top four of Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis combined for 1009 runs, that’s 70 runs more than what the entire Aussie team has managed so far.
STAT: In this series, Australia have averaged just 10.75 and 5.75 runs in four innings for the second and third wickets while the sixth wicket has scored 3.50 runs per innings.
Random related trivia: When India lost 0-4 to England in 2011, only the 10th wicket averaged in single figures, 6.75 while the opening partnership was the only one to average less than 20 runs per innings.
STAT: England have faced 2,552 deliveries and hit 173 boundaries in the series so far as compared to Australia, who have survived just 1,919 deliveries and scored 111 boundaries. That means England have already played 105.3 overs more than the visitors.
Random related trivia: In the first two Tests of the last series that Australia won, against Sri Lanka last year, they faced 2,054 deliveries in three innings and scored 1,136 runs at 55.30
STAT: After four innings, Australia are still to register a score of over 300 while England have already done it thrice.
Random related trivia: Replying to England’s first innings total of 505 in the first Test of their tour in 2010, Bangladesh made 282 in the first innings and 383 after following on.
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