England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day August 16, 2014

India play Cook into form

Stats review at the end of the second day of The Oval Test between India and England

Not only is his team winning, but he is now making useful contributions with the bat as well. Sunny days for Alastair Cook © Getty Images

1735 Number of Test runs scored by Alastair Cook against India, which is an England record, beating Graham Gooch (1725). He has now played 20 Tests against India and averages 54.21 against them.

6 Number of 50-plus scores that Cook has against India as captain of England, including three centuries. This is the most 50-plus scores made by an England captain against India. The previous record was held by Graham Gooch who had made five such scores. Clive Lloyd, who has made 14 fifty-plus scores against India as captain, holds the record. Allan Border's 17 fifty-plus scores against England is the most against a single opposition as captain.

66 England's first-wicket partnership today, their highest in 2014. England's openers have only posted two 50-plus partnerships this year and have averaged an unimpressive 28.3 runs per wicket. However, this has not been a year that has been kind to opening partnerships, the opening pairs of South Africa, India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe all average less than 25.

1 Number of England batsmen who had scored more runs than Joe Root before turning 24 years old. Root has scored 1675 runs, going past David Gower (1616) before turning 24, and lagging behind only runaway leader Alastair Cook (2694).

40 Number of times, from 54 previous opportunities, that England have won a Test after bowling out their opposition for less than 150 in the first innings of the match. They drew three, and lost the remaining 11 - seven of those to Australia.

7 Number of times that Ishant Sharma has now dismissed Ian Bell in Tests. He has also dismissed Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting seven times each. The only batsman he has dismissed more often is Alastair Cook (8).

83 Number of overs after which R Ashwin took an away Test wicket, when he dismissed Gary Ballance. The last overseas Test wicket that Ashwin took was Ed Cowan's in the Adelaide Test back in January 2012.

461 Number of runs scored by Root in this series, the third-highest series aggregate since 1940 by an English player batting at No. 5 or 6. The only batsmen to have scored more are Kevin Pietersen (473 in the 2005 Ashes) and Ian Bell (562 in the 2013 Ashes).

6 Number of times, since 2001, that India have introduced spin after the 38th over. Ashwin bowled the 39th over of England's first innings today. Three of these six instances have come in this year, including two during this series - at Lord's and The Oval.

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

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