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Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth

Warne's least-favourite Australian venue

Cricinfo staff

December 13, 2006

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Already 2-0 down in the series, England desperately need a win in the third Ashes Test at Perth to ensure the series remains competitive. The numbers, though, aren't very encouraging for an England supporter. Cricinfo lists some of the significant stats from Perth.



The pace and bounce of the Perth pitch has been just perfect for Adam Gilchrist's swashbuckling strokeplay © Getty Images
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11 - The number of Tests Australia have won at Perth since 1990. Of the 16 Tests during that period, they have lost just twice - to West Indies in 1993 and 1997.

60% - The loss percentage for England in Tests at Perth, which is the worst for them among all overseas venue in which they've played at least five Tests. In ten matches, they've lost six, with just one win and three draws.

2 - The number of wins for the team that won the toss and chose to bat first at the WACA since 1990; of the 11 Tests in which a team has done that, seven have been lost and two drawn.

49.55 - The average runs per wicket for spinners in Tests at Perth since 1990. Slow bowlers have only taken 67 wickets in this period, compared to 395 by the fast bowlers at 30.76.

18.62 - The average opening stand between Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer here. In eight Test innings at Perth, the pair have only added 149, with a highest stand of 43. Over their entire career, Hayden and Langer average 52.22 per partnership.

61.57 - Adam Gilchrist's Test average at the WACA, where he also has a strike-rate of 88.68. In ten innings, Gilchrist has scored one century and three fifties.

37.28 - Shane Warne's bowling average at Perth, which is his least successful venue in Australia. In 11 Tests at this venue, Warne has taken just 32 wickets at a strike-rate of 80.1.

48 - The number of wickets for Glenn McGrath in his 11 Tests here. They have cost him 23.81 apiece, which is slightly more expensive than his career average of 21.61, and he only has one five-for here.

44 - The strike rate for Brett Lee at Perth. In five Tests he has 30 wickets, at an average of 25.46, which is significantly better than his career average of 32.21. Two of his seven five-fors in Tests have come at this venue.

168 - Steve Harmison's strike-rate in his only Test at the WACA in which he took 1 for 86 off 28 overs. No other England bowler in the current squad has played a Test here before.

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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