Steven Smith drives through the off side

The bat-first advantage in Tests

Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

Alastair Cook roars with delight after reaching his first century since May 2013

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston

A stronghold for England

Stats preview to the third Ashes Test, at Edgbaston

Tillakaratne Dilshan goes on the attack

Tillakaratne Dilshan joins the 10,000 club

4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

Ian Bell is bowled by Mitchell Johnson

The Ian Bell conundrum

Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

Lasith Malinga hurls in a delivery

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Record first for Pakistan's top six

Stats highlights from the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo

Steven Smith strides out to flick to leg

Smith v Root v Williamson v Kohli

They are clearly the next batting stars, and each of them has outstanding Test numbers since the beginning of 2013

Steven Smith at Australia's net session

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's

No longer an Australian fortress

Australia were unbeaten at Lord's from 1938 to 2005 but have lost their last two Tests here, while England's Lord's numbers have improved significantly

Picture perfect: M Vijay drives through cover

Zimbabwe v India, 2nd ODI, Harare

India swap boundaries for singles

Stats highlights from India's 62-run win in the second ODI against Zimbabwe

Elton Chigumbura celebrates his maiden ODI ton

Zimbabwe v India, 1st ODI, Harare

Zimbabwe's narrowest home defeat

Stats highlights from India's four-run win against Zimbabwe in Harare