Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day October 23, 2015

Cook closes in on Dravid

Stats highlights from the second day of the Dubai Test

Moeen Ali's strike rate is the best among England spinners who have 50 Test wickets since 1950, though his average is 14th out of 18 bowlers © Getty Images

2780 Deliveries faced by Alastair Cook in Tests in 2015, which is 1008 more than Joe Root's 1772, the next-best this year. Those two are also the only batsmen with 1000-plus Test runs so far this year: Cook has 1235 runs at an average of 61.75, while Root has an aggregate of 1195 at 70.29. Cook's aggregate deliveries faced this year currently puts him in tenth place in the all-time list (among years where complete ball-by-ball data is available). The most balls played by any batsman in Tests in a calendar year is 3237, by Rahul Dravid in 2002. Cook is currently 457 behind that mark.

9080 Cook's aggregate as an opener, the second-highest in Test cricket, after Sunil Gavaskar's 9607. During the course of his 65, he went past Graeme Smith's tally of 9030.

1057 Cook's Test aggregate against Pakistan, which is second only to David Gower's 1185. Gower got his runs in 27 innings, at an average of 49.37, while Cook has played 22 innings against them and averages 48.04.

11 Fifty-plus scores for Root in Tests in 2015, the most by any batsman this year. Cook has ten, while no other batsman has more than seven.

50 Test wickets for Moeen Ali, in his 18th match. Among England spinners who have taken at least 50 Test wickets since 1950, Moeen's strike rate (57.9) is the best, though his average is 14th out of 18 bowlers.

10.87 The batting average of Pakistan's last four (Nos. 8-11) in Tests since the beginning of 2012, which is the lowest among all teams. England are fourth with an average of 16.60, while South Africa's lower order has the best batting average: 21.45.

6 Number of Misbah-ul-Haq's Test hundreds, out of nine, that have yielded 102 or fewer runs. He has scored 100, 101, 101*, 102, 102*, and 102* in those six innings. His other three centuries are 161*, 135 and 133*. Eight of his nine Test hundreds have come in Asia.

485 Test runs for Ian Bell in 2015, from 12 matches, at an average of 25.52. He started the year with 143 against West Indies in North Sound, but in his 20 innings since then he has managed only 342 runs at an average of 19.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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