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Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 5th day

The winning streak, and Clarke's golden arm

Stats highlights from the fifth day of the Sydney Test between Australia and India

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

January 6, 2008

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Stats highlights from the fifth day of the Sydney Test between Australia and India.



Michael Clarke's nine Test wickets against India have cost him 5.11 runs each © Getty Images
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  • Australia's 122-run win was their 16th in a row, which equalled their world record for the most number of successive Test wins. Under Steve Waugh they had won 16 at a stretch, from October 1999 to March 2001. The next Test against India, in Perth, will give the Australians a chance to win their 17th and create a new record.

  • Michael Clarke's golden arm against India has fetched him nine wickets at an average of just 5.11. He has bowled just 16.1 overs for his wickets, which means a strike every 10.7 balls.

  • There were five centuries in the Test, one on each day of the game. Only twice have more hundreds been scored in a Sydney Test - in 1924-25 there were six in a game between England and Australia, while West Indies and Australia combined to give as many in 1968-69.

  • Michael Hussey's unbeaten 145 lifted his average back into the 80s. After his first-innings 41, his average had dropped to 79; it's now gone up to 84.80.

  • Andrew Symonds' 162 not out and 61 was the tenth instance of an Australian scoring a hundred and a half-century in the same Test against India. The last player to do this was Damien Martyn, who scored 114 and 97 in Nagpur in 2004-05.

  • Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar became only the fourth pair in Tests to bring up a century of partnerships. In 100 innings, the two have added 5048 runs at an average of 52.58. The three other pairs who have batted together on more occasions have predominantly been openers.

  • Yuvraj Singh's poor run overseas continues. In his last nine Test innings outside home, he has only scored 59 runs at an average of 7.37, with three ducks.

  • The two catches for Dravid in Australia's second innings lifted his tally to 163. Only Mark Waugh (181) and Brian Lara (164) have taken more catches in Tests (excluding wicketkeepers).

  • Adam Gilchrist's two catches on the fifth day means he now has 367 catches in Tests, one more than Ian Healy. Only Mark Boucher, with 391, has more catches in Tests.

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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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