Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day

England's first-Test blues

Stats highlights from Australia's emphatic Test win in Brisbane

S Rajesh

November 24, 2013

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Mitchell Johnson was ferocious again in the second innings, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day, November 24, 2013
Mitchell Johnson is only the seventh Australian to score 100-plus runs and take eight or more wickets in a Test © Getty Images
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  • The margin of victory, 381 runs, is Australia's sixth-largest in terms of runs in a Test against England. Four of the five previous wins by higher margins were before 1950.

  • England averaged 15.75 runs per wicket in the Test, which is their fifth-lowest in a Test against Australia in the last 60 years; all of those have happened since 1990. On the last tour to Australia England also had one horrendous Test, when they were bowled out for 187 and 123 in Perth and lost by 267 runs. (They averaged 15.50 runs per wicket in that match.) However, on that occasion the defeat only levelled the series, after England had won by an innings in Adelaide.

  • This is the second time since the beginning of last year that England have been bowled out for under 200 in both innings of a Test. In Dubai against Pakistan last year - also the first Test of the series - they made 192 and 160. That was also the last time they had only one 50-plus score in the entire match. Overall during this period, they've been bowled out for under 200 nine times, all of them in overseas Tests.

  • Since the beginning of 2012, England have lost four out of five first Tests in an away series, and averaged 24.05 runs per wicket in these matches. After the first Test, they have a 4-2 win-loss record, and have averaged 36.67 runs per wicket through the rest of those series.

  • Mitchell Johnson had an outstanding match with both bat and ball, scoring 103 runs, and taking 9 for 103. It was only the seventh instance of an Australian scoring 100-plus runs and taking eight or more wickets in the same Test: the last such instance was more than 50 years ago, by Alan Davidson in the tied Test at the same venue in 1960.

  • England's total partnership runs for wickets five to eight over both innings was 25 runs, which is their lowest ever in Test cricket. The previous-lowest was 31, in 1888.

  • Australia's fast bowlers took 16 wickets at an average of 14.31 in this Test, their eighth-best in a Test since 2000.

  • Australia's win ends a sequence of nine Tests without a victory, a period during which they lost seven and drew two. The last time they went nine Tests without winning was in 1985-86: between November 1985 and December 1986, they went 14 Tests without winning, drawing nine, losing four and tying one.

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Posted by Beertjie on (November 24, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Did you notice the near synonymy between Jeff Thomson's figures at the Gabba: 9/105 and Johnson's: 9/103? But it's the psychological damage Thommo inflicted that lead tol the 4-1 defeat and the regaining of the Ashes in '74-75.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Australia went 14 Tests without a victory from Perth 1985-86 v NZ to Melbourne 1986-87 v Eng - 4 losses + 9 draws + 1 tie.
Ed. reply: Thanks for pointing this out. The error has been corrected.

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