4th Test, Australia v England, Statistical Highlights

Rajneesh Gupta

August 22, 2001

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  • It was the 1556th Test match in cricket history.

  • It was England's 785th and Australia's 618th match- 300th between these two sides.

  • It was the 400th Test match on English soil.

  • Simon Katich was making his Test debut for Australia. He became 384th player to represent Australia.

  • David Shepherd and Srinivas Venkataraghavan were officiating in their 57th and 47th Test respectively.Talat Ali,the former Pakistani Test cricketer, was officiating as ICC match referee for the ninth time in his career.

  • Adam Gilchrist, who was captaining Australia in place of injured Steve Waugh, became only second wicketkeeper to lead Australia on more than one occasion after Jack Blackham who captained Australia in eight matches. Gilchrist's other assignment as Australia's skipper was against West Indies at Adelaide in December 2000.Australia went on to win that match by five wickets.

  • When he scored 12 in first innings, Mark Waugh reached 2000 runs in Tests against England. He was playing his 28th Ashes Test (and 50th innings). He became the 26th batsman and 15th Australian to reach this landmark.Incidentally Don Bradman heads the table with 5028 runs from just 37 Tests and 63 innings against England.

  • When he caught Shane Warne, Alec Stewart moved ahead of Wasim Bari (228 dismissals) to become fifth most successful wicketkeeper in Test history. At the end of this match, Stewart has 231 dismissals to his name (including 36 catches when not keeping wicket). Now only Ian Healy (395 dismissals in 119 matches), Rod Marsh (355 in 96), Jeff Dujon (272 in 81) and Alan Knott (269 in 95) have made more dismissals than Stewart.

  • The duck in first innings was 25th for Shane Warne in his 91st Test. Now only Courtney Walsh (43) and Curtley Ambrose (26) are ahead of Warne in all Tests.

  • The wicket of Alan Mullally was 350th for Glenn McGrath. He became third Australian after Shane Warne and Dennis Lillee and 11th bowler overall to do so. By taking 74 Tests for his 350 wickets, McGrath became third quickest after Richard Hadlee (69) and Dennis Lillee (70) to accomplish this feat. However McGrath is second quickest in terms of balls taken as he needed 17581 balls for his 350 wickets (calculated upto the end of the innings). West Indian Malcolm Marshall remains the fastest having taken only 16340 balls for his 350 wickets.

  • McGrath (7-76) was achieving a five wicket haul against England in England for the fifth time. His first was 8 for 38 at Lord's in 1997,followed by 7 for 76 at The Oval in 1997,5 for 54 at Lord's and 5 for 49 at Nottingham in this series.Among Australian bowlers , McGrath's performances in England put him level with Charlie Turner and Ray Lindwall behind the six of Dennis Lillee , the seven of Clarrie Grimmett and the nine of Terry Alderman

  • Overall this was McGrath's 21st five wicket haul in a Test innings which puts him at level with Clarrie Grimmett. Now only Dennis Lillee (23) is ahead of McGrath for Australia.

  • When England scored 309 in first innings, it was the first time England reached 300 in this series and after nine innings against Australia at home. The last time England scored 300 against Australia was at Nottingham in 1997,the fifth Test of that series.

  • When Mike Atherton fell to Glenn McGrath in England's second innings , he equalled a world record, though of dubious nature. Atherton has now fallen to McGrath on 18 occasions which puts him at level with Australia's Arthur Morris who was a bunny of England's Alec Bedser. Interestingly Atherton has also been dismissed on 17 occasion apiece by West Indians Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose. The following table lists batsmen who have been dismissed on 15 or more occasions off the bowling of a particular bowler.

Occasions

Batsman

Bowler

18

Arthur Morris (Aus)

Alec Bedser (Eng)

18

Mike Atherton (Eng)

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

17

Mike Atherton (Eng)

Courtney Walsh (WI)

17

Mike Atherton (Eng)

Curtley Ambrose (WI)

16

Graham Gooch (Eng)

Malcolm Marshall (WI)

15

Ian Healy (Aus)

Courtney Walsh (WI)

15

Mark Waugh (Aus)

Curtley Ambrose (WI)

  • The third wicket partnership of 181 runs between Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain was England's best for this wicket against Australia at Headingley. This obliterated the previous best of 155 between Bill Edrich and Alec Bedser in 1948.

  • England's 315 for 4 was the second-highest total it has ever made to win a Test, after its 332 for 7 at Melbourne in 1928-29, and its highest at home. The following table lists the highest fourth innings totals to win a Test match.

Total

Teams

Venue

Season

406-4

India v West Indies

Port-of-Spain

1975-76

404-3

Australia v England

Leeds

1948

369-6

Australia v Pakistan

Hobart

1999-00

362-7

Australia v West Indies

Georgetown

1977-78

348-5

West Indies v New Zealand

Auckland

1968-69

344-1

West Indies v England

Lord's

1984

342-8

Australia v India

Perth

1977-78

336-5

Australia v South Africa

Durban

1949-50

332-7

England v Australia

Melbourne

1928-29

326-5

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Colombo SSC

1997-98

324-5

New Zealand v Pakistan

Christchurch

1993-94

317-2

West Indies v Pakistan

Georgetown

1957-58

315-4

England v Australia

Leeds

2001

315-6

Australia v England

Adelaide

1901-02

315-9

Pakistan v Australia

Karachi

1994-95

311-9

West Indies v Australia

Bridgetown

1998-99

307-6

England v New Zealand

Christchruch

1996-97

  • England provided only the eighth instance of a side winning a Test match following a declaration by the other team. The details :

England (75-6) beat West Indies (51-6d)

Bridgetown

1934-35

Australia (404-3) beat England (365-8d)

Leeds

1948

England (174-7) beat South Africa (187-3d)

Port Elizabeth

1948-49

England (215-3) beat West Indies (92-2d)

Port-of-Spain

1967-68

West Indies (348-5) beat New Zealand (297-8d)

Auckland

1968-69

Australia (342-8) beat India (330-9d)

Perth

1977-78

West Indies (344-1) beat England (300-9d)

Lord's

1984

England (251-8d) beat South Africa (0-0d)

Centurion

1999-00

England (315-4d) beat Australia (176-4d)

Leeds

2001

  • Brett Lee ended on the losing side for the first time in his 11 Test career. He thus missed the opportunity of extending his record of always being a part of a winning side since his debut. West Indian Eldine Baptiste was the other player who was part of a winning team in all his first 10 matches.

  • The defeat was Australia's only third in last 24 matches.Australia has now played in 22 consecutive `result' matches - no draws which equals England's all time Test record of most consecutive matches by a side without a draw. England had played in 22 consecutive result oriented matches ,winning 17 and losing five from Adelaide 1884-85 to Adelaide 1891-92.

  • Mark Butcher was winning Man of the Match award for the second time in his career. His only other award had come against South Africa at this same ground in 1998.

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