Symonds in the spotlight
The second day of the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne was all about Andrew Symonds's maiden Test hundred and his stand with Matthew Hayden. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights of the day.
279 - The partnership between Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds was the second highest for the sixth wicket in Australia. The highest is 346 between Don Bradman and Jack Fingleton against England at the MCG in 1937. This stand between Hayden and Symonds is the sixth highest sixth-wicket partnership overall.
75.08 - Hayden's average at the MCG after 15 innings. His 153 today was his fifth century at Melbourne - the most he's scored at any venue. His last seven scores at the MCG have been 136, 53*, 9, 56*, 65, 137, 153.
3 - the number of times Michael Hussey has been dismissed for less than 20 in 25 Test innings. His 6 today broke a sequence of six consecutive fifty-plus scores (including two hundreds). The first time he was dismissed for below 20 was on debut, when he made 1 against West Indies at Brisbane.
9 - the number of hundreds scored by Australian batsmen this series. Seven different Australians have scored hundreds while England's batsmen have scored just three so far.
103.70 -Symonds's strike-rate against Matthew Hoggard. Hoggard bowled 27 balls to Symonds and conceded 28 runs with five boundaries.
18.47 - Symonds's Test average before the Boxing Day Test. After his unbeaten 154 on the second day - his maiden Test hundred - his average has risen to 27.52.
George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo