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Misbah-ul-Haq won his third successive toss and chose to bat

Numbers Don't Lie

Ditch the toss? Hold fire

In a new series, we look at what the numbers reveal about the toss in Test matches, and the emergence of No. 5 as the most pivotal batting position

David Warner and Chris Rogers walk out to bat

Tough times for opening pairs

In the last five years, most teams have struggled to unearth stable and successful opening combinations, the one exception being Australia

Australian players watch England's celebrations

Bad tourists

Over the last ten years, teams have lost more than twice as many matches as they have won when playing overseas, a record which is much worse than in earlier years

Mitchell Marsh ripped out the middle order with 4 for 27

England v Australia, 5th ODI, Old Trafford

England's rapid demise, Marsh fills his boots

Stats highlights from the fifth ODI at Old Trafford, where Australia knocked England over in short order

Sachin Tendulkar slogs

The new ODI template in England

Fifty-over games in England used to be relatively low-scoring, with the chasing team winning most often. That is no longer the case

Ishant Sharma had Jehan Mubarak caught in the slips

Ishant and Prasad turn lethal, and the tail wags

Ishant Sharma and Dhammika Prasad seem to have both turned a corner in the last 18 months, while tail became top in the recent Sri Lanka-India series

Alastair Cook knocks the ball to the leg side

Control C in the Ashes

Steven Smith, Chris Rogers and Joe Root were the leading run scorers in the Ashes, but another batsman had better control stats than all of them

Stuart Broad raises the ball after claiming a five-for

The Investec Ashes 2015

The middle-order difference

Stats highlights from an unusual Ashes series in which the winning team didn't necessarily have the better stats