England v India, 3rd Investec Test, Ageas Bowl, 5th day July 31, 2014

A debut to remember for Jos Buttler

Stats highlights from the final day of the third Investec Test at Ageas Bowl

Mooen Ali became the first English spinner to take a five-wicket haul against India in the fourth innings of a home Test © Getty Images

111 Number of times of that England have won a Test either by an innings or by more than 250 runs. In terms of runs alone, England have won 14 games by a margin of 250 or more.

15 Number of wickets that Moeen Ali has taken in this series. The last time a spinner took 15 or more wickets against India in a series outside the subcontinent was in 1971, when Jack Noreiga claimed 17 scalps for West Indies. Overall, there have only been seven such instances.

6 India's last six losses in England, extending back to 2002, have all been by a margin of 150-plus runs. Four of those margins read 170, 196, 319 and 266 runs, while the two other games were lost by an innings and 242 runs, and an innings and eight runs.

10 Number of Tests since England's last win, against Australia at Chester-le-Street during the 2013 Ashes. In the subsequent 10 Tests, England drew three and suffered seven losses.

38 Number of years since a legspinner has taken a five-wicket haul against India away from the subcontinent. The last legspinner to achieve this feat was West Indies' David Holford in 1976. Since then, spinners have taken 14 five-wicket hauls against India in away Tests, but apart from Shakib Al Hasan, all them have been offspinners, with Moeen being the latest on that list.

6 Number of times in the last 45 years that England spinners have taken a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of a home Test. Derek Underwood and Ashley Giles are the only bowlers to have achieved this feat twice.

4 Number of England players who have won seven or more Man-of-the-Match awards. Following his eight-wicket match haul at Ageas Bowl, James Anderson collected his seventh such award, which is the most by an England bowler. Anderson is closely followed by Stuart Broad, who has six Man-of-the-Match awards. Overall, Ian Botham leads this list, with 12 such awards in Tests.

7 Number of times that an Indian No.5 batsman has made a 50-plus score in both innings of an away Test. Ajinkya Rahane scored 54 in the first innings and an unbeaten 52 in the second. Saurav Ganguly has achieved this feat three times and Polly Umrigar twice.

2 Jos Buttler and Brad Haddin are the only two wicketkeepers in the last 15 years who have taken at least six catches in their debut Test. The record for the most catches on debut is seven, achieved by four players - Alan Knott, Chris Read, Brian Taber and Chamara Dunusinghe.

3 Number of keepers who have taken at least five catches and made a fifty-plus score in their Test debut. The two keepers apart from Buttler in this list are Adam Gilchrist and Dunusinghe.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • John on August 2, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @5wombats on (August 1, 2014, 22:10 GMT) I still say it was not a decision I'd have made (at this stage) judging by what I'd seen of him as a keeper and what I'd heard about him this year. I'd still have gone for Read who has a better average this year and is a proven better keeper. I'm not getting carried away by one performance - I wouldn't say he was a failure when he failed early as a SF player either - but it was certainly better than I expected and hopefully he can continue to improve and build from here. I have never said Jos will not be an Eng keeper but just criticised the timing. If he has a good rest of the series , he'll have a full season behind him with the gloves by the time he plays for Eng in tests again.

    BTW - With the exception of several regular sourpusses I've been impressed with the Indian fans honesty about the series so far

  • Martin on August 1, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    @JG2704 - I really liked what I saw of Buttler in this Test. He was excellent and athletic behind the stumps - he geed up the field and energised the bowlers. Clearly reveling in the whole experience. Impressive debut with the gloves! Personally - I think runs from a wickie are in the main a bonus. We have been lucky in our lifetimes to have Knott and Prior - we should not expect this sort of batting from Buttler - but if we do get it then that's a bonus. I think we are going to be seeing a lot of Jos Buttler in the years to come!

  • John on August 1, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    I'd say we get carried away at times.

    1 inns does not make Buttler the new Gilchrist. We must remember that he probably should have twice been out early and if those had been taken/given the batting side would not have looked impressive. Also he came in with 400+ on the board which is a whole lot different to coming in with 150 on the board. Also a great believer that a player can take confidence from one side of his game into another side. We have often seen bowlers show resistance with the bat and then take that confidence with them when they come to bowl. But well played nontheless

    Re Ali - he had a very helpful pitch and I still would not bracket him as much more than a part timer - obviously there are degrees of part time and he can certainly be useful.I still worry about the lack of spin long term. When we last played in UAE we only became competitive when we started using 2 specialist spinners and the same in India.Right now I reckon we have just 1 part timer

  • John on August 1, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (August 1, 2014, 10:01 GMT) To be fair/honest Buttler never really looked read prior to his debut. He looked error prone in the SF games and from reports I've read his keeping at Lancs this year left alot to be desired but with the gloves he had an excellent game. Cook probably shouldn't have SAID he wasn't ready for tests and then pick him a few months later but maybe (by fluke) it actually had the right effect

    @YorkshirePudding on (August 1, 2014, 4:53 GMT) I half agree with you there although the byes isn't always a benchmark either. I saw some of those byes and the deliveries were shocking (almost at the edge of the strip when they wnt past the wicket). But you're right in that he should be judged after a while.

  • Ed on August 1, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Such a shame that these players, such as Butler, are never picked on merit, they only get a game becuase Prior quits. If it had been up to Cook, Butler 'wasn't ready for Test cricket'. Shows just how poor Cook's decision making is, on and off the field.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Buttler gave batting chances and his keeping needs lots of work but the MASSIVE thing was his PRESENCE!!!!!! The crowd started to buzz, India started to move their field placing and the atmosphere of the game changed. I haven't seen the like of that since KP took guard...go Jos

  • Philip on August 1, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Buttler took six catches - four off Anderson, one off Broad and one off Moeen. This is a good haul, but his keeping to spin has not really been tested yet. If Moeen is to be the spinner England have been seeking, a top quality gloveman would still be a wise investment. Dropping one of the paceman would leave room for Buttler in the batting line-up. At the moment, it looks like England didn't really trust Moeen's bowling.

  • Jason on August 1, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @greatest_game, he still let 20 byes past him in the game. Also measuring catches on debut as a keeper is not a measure, as there are external factors, before we start making hay lets wait and see how he goes over 5 or 6 tests.

  • udendra on August 1, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    I still can't understand why Anderson was awarded MoM. It should have been Moeen Ali.

  • Marlon on August 1, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    No surprise at all. Great opportunity for Buttler to boost his confidence against a below par bowling attack. Hope to see more blistering knocks from you in the rest of the series. You could well be the most exciting batsman of this series.

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