India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

Cook matches Fowler and Flower

Stats highlights from India's nine-wicket win in Ahmedabad

S Rajesh

November 19, 2012

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India eventually wrapped up the Ahmedabad Test on the fifth day, but Alastair Cook's outstanding batting display meant the match lasted much longer than was originally anticipated. Here are stats highlights from the Test:


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  • India have a 21-4 win-loss record in their last 39 Tests at home, going back eight years. England, meanwhile, have a 2-12 record in Asia (excluding Bangladesh) in 23 Tests since December 2001.

  • England would have lost the match much earlier had it not been for the Cook's knock, and his partnership with Matt Prior. Cook's marathon effort in England's second innings lasted all of 556 minutes, which is just seven short of the longest knock by an England batsman in India. The 563-minute innings was also by a left-hand opener: Graeme Fowler defied India's bowlers for that long in Chennai in 1985, in a match England won by nine wickets. Cook's effort is the sixth-longest by an overseas batsman in India (in terms of minutes), but the five longer efforts were all in the first innings of a team. Cook's effort is thus the longest by an overseas batsman in the second innings in India, 12 minutes more than Andy Flower's unbeaten 232 in Nagpur 12 years ago; among all second-innings efforts in India, only VVS Laxman's 281, which took him 631 minutes, lasted longer.

  • Cook's 176 is also the highest by an England batsman in India in a follow-on effort, going past Ken Barrington's 172 in 1961. Among all follow-on innings in India, it's the fifth-highest, and the second-best by an overseas batsman.

  • Matt Prior's 91 fell just one run short of the record score by an England wicketkeeper in a Test in India: Dick Spooner score 92 in Kolkata in 1951-52. England, New Zealand and South Africa are the three countries whose wicketkeepers haven't yet scored a Test hundred in India.

  • The 157-run stand between Cook and Prior is England's second-highest for the sixth wicket in India, next only to the 171 runs that Ian Botham and Bob Taylor added in Mumbai in 1980.

  • England's second innings lasted 154.3 overs, their third-best when batting a second time in a Test in India. The last time they batted longer was more than 50 years ago, in Kanpur in 1961.

  • Pragyan Ojha's match figures of 9 for 165 are his best in a Test, and the first time he's taken more than seven. In 13 home Tests, Ojha has taken 72 wickets at an average of 26.54.

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    Posted by maddy20 on (November 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

    @RandyOZ It so happens that Aus an away test against the "minnow" in 8 years. Thrashed 2-0 twice in a row, the mighty OZ are all set for another whitewash. They were lucky that the last series was only a two match one , which they lost 2-0. No such luck this time around!

    Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

    @Randy oz. I think u shud be more worried abt Yor team against SA. Moreover still India and ENG r far better than current AUS side ( equal to BD) which will be prove next year when u tour India and play against ENG

    Posted by Nduru on (November 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

    Fair point @Harpreet! Us Zimbabweans need to cling on to whatever small amount there is to be proud of with our cricket ; )

    Posted by chamma87 on (November 20, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

    CricketMaan then what abu yuvis lbw.y ppl dont talk about it.he was out first over in the second day,and also for your information when sachin scored 140+ in SA he was plumb lbw at 46 against paul harris,then shewag scored 294 against Sl when he survived a plumb lbw at 31,those things happens, live with it

    Posted by Tests_are_the_best on (November 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

    @cric_fan123 add to that Saeed Anwar, Sanath Jayasuriya, Graeme Fowler and Jimmy Adams. Surprisingly Brian Lara does not feature in that list as he seldom toured India for Test Series.

    Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

    great Cook is Great Fighter !!!

    Posted by RandyOZ on (November 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

    England's inevitable slide to their rightful place at the bottom of the table continues. First the Pakistan whitewash (which never happened), then the South African debacle (which never happened) and now the Indian catastrophe (against a fellow minnow) which IS happening!

    Posted by Harpreet on (November 19, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

    @Nduru ............ Andy Flower's knock was very good one but on a featherbed which was not the case with Cook

    Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

    Alastair Cook ought to be the Man of the Match. Meticulous innings, he played!

    Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

    It could have been India's victory much earlier if the " Umpire's had emulated their Feat against visiting (Indian) Team in 2011...."

    Posted by Ross_Co on (November 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

    Of course Flower was playing for a much better team.

    Posted by tanstell87 on (November 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

    @cric_fan123 - u forgot Chanderpaul & Jayasuriya in that list.

    Posted by Nduru on (November 19, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

    Yeah, Cook's innings was a little longer in time, but it is not as great as Flower's knock, which must be the greatest second innings knock by a foreign batsman on Indian soil. He was not the opener, but the wicket keeper for a start, AND he saved the match for Zimbabwe, which Cook could not manage. Also, he had a much lesser group of support players around him than England currently has, so respect to them that they could help andy get to such a great score.

    Posted by cric_fan123 on (November 19, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

    Whats with India and left handed batsman - specially openers. Andy Flower, Hayden and now Cook.

    Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

    If any visiting teams to India wants to win or intents to give a fight, then they have to score heavily at least in their first innings, otherwise they will be easily get mauled in Indian conditions.

    Posted by CricketMaan on (November 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

    It could also been written 'England would have lost the match much earlier had it not been for the Cook's reprive by Dar when on 41'

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