Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day

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Stats highlights from a batsman-dominated Test at the Gabba

S Rajesh

November 29, 2010

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The fifth day of the first Ashes Test was one for the record books, as England's batsmen ensured several new landmarks were achieved. Here's a look at the stats highlights from the Gabba Test.

Jonathan Trott drives through the off side, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, November 29, 2010
Jonathan Trott was the fifth centurion in this match, a feat that has never happened in previous Tests at the Gabba © Getty Images
  • The match average of 62.04 runs per wicket is the highest ever in a Test at the Gabba. It beat the previous record by a long way: in 1965, the same teams had played out a draw in which the match average was 47.84.

  • For only the sixth time, a team went past 500 for the loss of a solitary wicket. The last time it happened was in February 2008, when Bangladesh were at the receiving end against South Africa. In fact, of those six instances, three have happened in the last seven years.

  • The last time a Test was drawn at the Gabba was in the 2003-04 season, when Sourav Ganguly's century helped India take the first-innings lead. Since 1990, only five out of 21 Tests at this venue have been drawn.

  • It's the first time five centuries have been scored in a Test at the Gabba. Four hundreds have been scored three times, all of them before 2000.

  • The 329-run stand between Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott is the highest by an England pair in Australia, and only the third instance of a 300-plus partnership for them in this country. It's also the highest partnership at the Gabba, going past the 307-run stand that Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin had put together only a couple of days back.

  • England's top three all scored centuries for only the second time in their Test history: the only previous occasion was at Lord's in 1924 against South Africa, when Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe and Frank Woolley made hundreds in a match England won by an innings and 18 runs. Overall, this feat has only been achieved 11 times - three times each by Australia and India, twice by South Africa and England, and once by New Zealand. Of these 11 instances, six have happened since 2000.

  • Cook's unbeaten 235 is the highest Test score by any batsman at the Gabba, and first double-century by a visiting batsman at the ground. The previous-best by an overseas player was Martin Crowe's 188 in 1985. In fact, of the 25 scores of 150 or more at the Gabba, only four have been scored by visiting batsmen.

  • For the first time in 39 Tests, Mitchell Johnson went wicketless in a Test. It was also the eighth time he went at more than four runs per over, but even more worryingly for Australia, seven of those performances have come in his last 17 Tests.

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Posted by   on (November 30, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

I believe this is the first time in a test match a partnership of 300+ runs has been registered from both teams in the same test.

Posted by Anbu12345 on (November 30, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

The most worrying aspect of AUS is their fielding. The main reason for NZ to lose 0-1 instead of 0-3 (which was expected) against IND was bcoz of their fielding. They made sure that India earn each of their runs. Ausies dropped half chances and simple catches. One more point about the old commentators - they always think that bradman, hobbs, gavaskar,Viv richardson etc.. are great. Why can't shewag be better than Viv richadson or sachin, ponting, kallis be equal to bradman. They think that way bcoz those belong to their era of cricketing period. Its not the mistake of sachin, ponting etc to be born in this era.. They are excelling in their conditions and I m sure that they would have excelled in old conditions.. Its all about where you learn and conditions you grew upon.

Posted by worldnet5 on (November 30, 2010, 1:22 GMT)

Reply to Xolile: With due respect, Bradman played mostly against England (just one series against SA and India). Check Zaheer Abbas average against India.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2010, 21:01 GMT)

Am I right in thinking at Strauss' 110 is the highest score that is also the lowest score in an innings?

Posted by JCrao on (November 29, 2010, 15:47 GMT)

If a similar match is played between two subcontinental teams on a flat track, articles will have a different shade, check the cricinfo archives ... i pitty this biased nature.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT)

You missed a couple; that was England's highest innings at the Gabba, and the second highest by a visiting side, and Cooks innings was the third highest this month. As far as I can tell this is the first time four double hundreds have been scored in four separate matches in a month. It also appears to be the 300th double hundred in Tests, over 100 of which have come since 2000. At least the Pakistan Tests in England were quite fun.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT)

5 dropped catches shows it could have been much different.

Posted by Deepkar on (November 29, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

A popular movie dialogue "car never wins the race, driver do." same in cricket "pitch never take wicket bowler do" pitch can give 1or2/ 10 wickets if u want pitch to asist then anyone can take wicket look at zahir, vass, sreenath etc took wickets on spinars track warn, swan on pacers track macgra, akram, donald, polok, waqar etc can take wicket on any track its skill/ brain of bowler that takes wicket. When sid took hat-trick, aus innings (except hussy-haddin partnarship) pitch look live enough but as soon as any bat start scoring bowlers were out of ideas look at anderson on day 5 there was something in pitch but for most of the match there was nothing in bowlers. Pitci was not flat bowlers were.

Posted by mrgupta on (November 29, 2010, 11:55 GMT)

Do i hear a sporting wicket? Where is all that talk about Gabba scare for England?

Posted by   on (November 29, 2010, 11:43 GMT)

The feat of the top 4 hitting hundreds has been achieved only by India... Against Bangladesh: Karthik, Jaffer, Dravid Tendulkar

Australia came close too against England... But no. 4 Mark Waugh got out on 99 and no. 5 Alan Border could manage only 77.

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