Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day November 22, 2013

England's worst middle-order collapses

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the second day's play of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba

  • England managed to score a total of just nine runs for their fourth to eighth-wicket stands, which is their second-lowest ever for these wickets in Tests. The only occasion when they fared worse came in 1954 in the second innings against West Indies in Kingston when their fourth to eighth wicket partnerships aggregated five runs. The performance was also England's worst-ever first-innings collapse in Tests and the second-lowest middle-order collapse in the Ashes.

  • England's score of 136 was the sixth-lowest first-innings score at the Gabba in Tests and the third-lowest ever in the first innings (out of 40) of an Ashes Test played at this venue. There have been only seven scores of less than 150 runs in the first innings at the Gabba.

  • Brad Haddin's catch off Mitchell Johnson to dismiss Jonathan Trott was his 200th dismissal in Tests, in 95 innings. Haddin is the second-fastest wicketkeeper to 200 dismissals in Tests after Adam Gilchrist, who took 92 innings. Click here for a list of wicketkeepers fastest to 200 dismissals in Tests.

  • Haddin's dismissal for 94 on the second day was only the third instance of a batsman being run-out in the nineties in the Ashes and the first since Mike Atherton was run-out on 99 at Lord's in 1993.

  • Stuart Broad's five-wicket haul was his 11th in Tests and his fifth in the Ashes. Mitchell Johnson's wicket on the first day was Broad's 50th dismissal of this year. He is the first bowler to take 50 wickets in Tests this year. Broad's tally is also the 17th instance of an England bowler taking 50 or more wickets in Tests in a year.

  • The last time Johnson bowled at the Gabba, against England in 2010, he went for 170 runs from 42 overs without a wicket. He made amends this time though, taking 4 for 61 from 17 overs. Johnson has now taken 21 wickets at the Gabba - the second most successful venue for him - at an average of 24.09 and a strike rate of 42.7.

  • England's fans should, by now, be familiar with the sight of the team posting below-par scores in the first innings of the first Test of an away series. Their first innings score of 136 was the fifth consecutive time, since 2012, that the side was dismissed for 200 in the first innings of an away series.

    England's scores in the first innings of an away series, since Jan 2012
    Score Opposition Venue Series
    192 Pakistan Dubai England tour of UAE, 2011-12
    193 Sri Lanka Galle England tour of Sri Lanka, 2011-12
    191 India Ahmedabad England tour of India, 2012-13
    167 New Zealand Dunedin Englad tour of New Zealand, 2012-13
    136 Australia Brisbane England tour of Australia, 2013-14
  • Since January 2012, England have been all-out for less than 200 runs eight times in 24 away-innings. Among the top-eight Test-teams, only India and New Zealand have done worse. In contrast, at home, England haven't been dismissed for under 200 in 25 innings played during this period.

    Teams out for <200 in away Tests since 2012
    Team all-out for <200  Inns %age
    India 3 6 50%
    New Zealand 8 23 35%
    England 8 24 33%
    West Indies 4 13 31%
    Sri Lanka 2 8 25%
    Pakistan 6 26 23%
    Australia 3 24 13%
    South Africa 0 11 -

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  • ESPN on November 23, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    yesterday when aussies wickets fell someone said the pitch was perfect but batsmen failed. i dont know what they will say after englands tremble.

  • G on November 22, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Okay, following on from my previous post, I found the complete list of a ALL TEN batsmen being CAUGHT OUT in an innings, which can be viewed by following this Cricinfo stats link:

    The most recent one was the 61st such instance overall, & the 14th for England.

  • G on November 22, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    One stat which was missing was that ALL TEN batsmen were CAUGHT OUT in England's first innings. Not quite so rare an occurrence though!

    User thebrownie is right: the missing criteria about Haddin's dismissal for 94 is that he is only the 3rd person to be run out "in the 90s" in the Ashes.

  • David on November 22, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Like that SA record.... keep it up boytjies.

  • Kamala on November 22, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    So the above table means NZ,ENG,PAK,AUS - have played more than 20 away-innings. So they have adapted to the foreign conditions. But we India have played only 6 innings away. So all the tests we won, every century our batsmen hit, each wicket our bowlers took, happened in friendly home grounds.

  • AJITH on November 22, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    The note about Haddins dismissial should say "in the 90s". There is no way only 3 Aussies were dismissed runout in the ashes.

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