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Close of Play

  • Wed, 29 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 133/3 (JE Root 30*, JM Bairstow 1*, 29 ov)
  • Thu, 30 Jul - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 168/7 (PM Nevill 37*, MA Starc 7*, 55 ov)
  • Fri, 31 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 124/2 (32.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

History provides Hope

3

Instances of ENG losing a Test after being set a target of less than 125 - all 3 times against AUS (in 1882, 1888 & 1902)

Middle order muddle

20

Number of times that all 4 AUS middle order batsmen (Nos. 3 to 6) have made single digit scores - 16 times in the Ashes

Lower order success

1

Number of previous instance of 2 AUS batsmen at No. 7 or below making 50+ in the 2nd inns of an Ashes Test in England

Trouble both innings

43

Years since Australia have lost 5 wickets for 100 runs or less in both innings of an Ashes Test (Leeds, 1972)

Losing inside 2 days

1890

The year Australia last lost a Test match inside 2 days - at The Oval

Rare Twin Failures

22

Number of Tests since Steven Smith last made two single-digit scores in the same Test. He scored 7 & 8 in this game.

Two-faced David

21.3

David Warner's batting average against England in the first innings. He averages 68.8 in the second innings

lower order stability

2

ENG batsmen in the last 34 yrs who have made two 50+ scores when batting at No. 8 in an Ashes series - Broad (2009) and Ali (this series)

Recovering from the hit

31

Stuart Broad's score this innings, his second-highest from 13 innings in 2015. His highest score is 46 (v NZ, Leeds)

All or nothing

5

Number of ducks scored by Ben Stokes in his last 10 Tests. He also has five 50+ scores in this period

A two-man Club

2

Number Australian players who have scored 2000 runs and taken 300 wickets - Shane Warne and now Mitchell Johnson