Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 2nd day December 15, 2006

An uncanny coincidence

Australia finished the second day in a strong position, leading by 148 runs with nine wickets in hand. England began the day on 51 for 2 but were restricted to 215. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights of the day

Australia finished the second day in a strong position, leading by 148 runs with nine wickets in hand. England began the day on 51 for 2 but were restricted to 215. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights of the day.



Monty Panesar was part of the most productive partnership of England's innings © Getty Images

119* - The current partnership between Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting. It is seven runs short of equalling the highest Ashes partnership for the second wicket at the WACA. The record is held by Dean Jones and Geoff Marsh who added 126, incidentally, after David Boon was dismissed for a duck off the first ball of the innings (like Justin Langer today) in 1986.

40 - The last-wicket partnership between Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar, which was the highest of England's innings. It is the second-best last-wicket stand for England at Perth after Norman Cowans and Derek Pringle's 66-run stand in 1982.

13.75 - Geraint Jones's average in 2006, after his duck at Perth. In 17 innings this year, Jones has passed 20 twice.

10 - The number of batsmen who were caught in England's innings. The last time all the English batsmen were caught in an innings was against West Indies in March 1998.

16.57 - Andrew Flintoff's average in ten innings since the start of the English summer. He's got into double figures just thrice with a highest score of 38 not out.

6.80 - Shane Warne's economy-rate against Kevin Pietersen, who hit him for 17 runs off 15 balls. Pietersen was most subdued against Andrew Symonds - 8 runs off 19 balls.

George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo.