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Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day

Lee's Bradmanesque Gabba average

A look at the stats highlights from the second day's play at the Gabba

George Binoy

November 24, 2006

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Australia finished the second day in an even more commanding position than the first. Cricinfo lists some of the significant numbers from the day's play.

Brett Lee continued his excellent batting form at the Gabba © Getty Images

9 for 602 dec - This is the third highest total at the Gabba. Before this Test, there have been three totals in excess of 600 at Brisbane and Australia have scored all of them: 8 for 645 for 601 against England in 1946 and 1954, and 6 for 607 against New Zealand in 1993.

106.5 - Brett Lee's batting average at the Gabba. In three innings prior to his unbeaten 43 today, Lee had scored 62 not out, 61 and 47 at this venue. He has the second highest average for an Australian at the Gabba behind Greg Chappell's 111.77.

209 - The partnership between Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey was the highest for the fourth wicket at the Gabba beating the 198 between Alvin Kallicharan and Lawrence Rowe in 1975.

32.08% - The percentage of Harmison's deliveries that the batsman left alone, an indication that he was clearly bowling far too wide. The Australian batsmen left alone 60 of the 187 balls that Harmison bowled.

20.11 - Adam Gilchrist's average in his last ten innings against England after his duck today. He's scored only 181 runs against them since the start of the 2005 Ashes with a highest score of 49 not out.

196 - Ponting's highest score against England, beating his match-saving 156 at Old Trafford in 2005. Before this innings he averaged 41.23 against England, he now averages 45.65.

George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo

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