Close of Play

  • Wed, 8 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 343/7 (MM Ali 26*, SCJ Broad 0*, 88 ov)
  • Thu, 9 Jul - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 264/5 (SR Watson 29*, NM Lyon 6*, 70 ov)
  • Fri, 10 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 289
  • Sat, 11 Jul - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 242 (70.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Johnson on the cusp

0

Number of Australian batsmen who have scored a 4th innings century when batting at No. 8 or below

Take lead, win Ashes

15

Number of times in the last 17 Ashes that the team taking a 1-0 lead has won the series. Exceptions were in 2005 and 1997.

A persisting problem

29

Number of times Shane Watson has been dismissed LBW, the most for any Australian batsman in the last 10 years

Smith does have a weakness

29.3

Steven Smith's batting average in the 4th innings of a Test match. He averages 89.6 in the first innings

Costly? we'll find out

4

Chris Rogers' score when he was dropped by Joe Root off James Anderson's bowling in the 3rd over of the inns

Twin Successes

2

Instances in the last 22 years of an England batsman making a hundred and a fifty during a home Ashes Test - Root & Bell

An Innings of 2 halves

32

Balls faced by Ian Bell for his first 31 runs. He needed 57 balls for his next 29 runs

All or nothing

49

Runs scored by England between the 12th and 16th overs (run rate of 9.8). The 11th and 17th overs were maidens

Jimmy jumps Curtly

406

Number of Test wickets for Anderson, overtaking Ambrose (405) to go 11th on the overall list of top wicket-takers in Tests

Australia up against it

1

Instances of ENG losing an Ashes Test at home after gaining a lead of 100+ runs in the 1st innings - at Old Trafford, 1961

Brad the Bunny

7

Number of times James Anderson has dismissed Brad Haddin, more than any other bowler

not capitalising

1

Instance of Nos. 3, 4, 5 & 6 being dismissed in the 30s - happened to Smith, Clarke, Voges and Watson in the 1st innings