Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day December 7, 2013

Johnson's Ashes best, England's long tail

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the third day's play between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval

  • Mitchell Johnson continued his dominance over England batsman from the last Test into this innings - his bowling figures of 7 for 40 in this match were his best in the Ashes, and his second five-wicket haul in three innings. Johnson has now taken 16 wickets at 8.93 from three innings in this Ashes.

  • This is also only the fourth time that a left-arm fast bowler has taken seven or more wickets in the Ashes, and the first time since Bruce Reid took 7 for 51 in Melbourne in 1990. Johnson's figures are also the best by a fast bowler in the Ashes since Michael Kasprowicz finished with 7 for 36 at the Oval in 1997.

  • Johnson's bowling figures in this innings are now the best by a fast bowler in the Ashes at Adelaide Oval, beating Mathew Hoggard's 7 for 109 in 2006. Johnson's 7 for 40 is also the best by a bowler at this venue in the Ashes since England's Jack White took 8 for 126, way back in 1929. Australia's Albert Trott is the only other bowler with bowling figures better than Johnson's at this venue in the Ashes - he took 8 for 43 in 1895. Click here for a list of the best bowling efforts in Tests at the Adelaide Oval.

  • England's lower-middle order and tail haven't contributed much with the bat in the three innings in this series. Their batsmen from No.5 and below, have added just 159 runs at an average of 8.83 runs per wicket - at this stage their lowest in the Ashes.

  • Australia coming back to bat in the second innings despite leading by 398, was only the sixth time that a team did not enforce the follow-on despite leading by 350 or more runs in the first innings. Four of these occasions have come in the Ashes. The last time a team opted to bat again even after leading by 350 runs or more in a Test was at Galle last year, when Sri Lanka - leading Pakistan by 372 at the end of the first innings - batted again.

    Teams not enforcing follow on after being ahead by 350 or more
    Team Opposition Lead Venue Date Result
    England Australia 399 Brisbane 30-Nov-1928 Won
    England West Indies 563 Kingston 03-Apr-1930 Draw
    Australia England 380 The Oval 18-Aug-1934 Won
    Australia England 445 Brisbane 23-Nov-2006 Won
    Sri Lanka Pakistan 372 Galle 22-Jun-2012 Won
    Australia England 398 Adelaide Oval 05-Dec-2013 -

  • Matt Prior's terrible form with the bat continued in this innings - his duck in England's first innings was his fifth in nine matches and 16 innings. Only one other wicketkeeper fared as badly as Prior has this year in terms of the number of ducks he has notched - Wally Grout of Australia also got out without scoring five times out of 13 innings in 1961. Prior has scored just 180 runs at 13.84, with a high score of 47 since his last fifty-plus innings- against New Zealand in Auckland back in March.

  • Michael Clarke, during his 148 in the first innings, crossed 1000 Test runs in Tests in 2013. He's the first batsman this year to do so. This is the second successive year and the fourth time in his career that Clark has scored 1000-plus Test runs in a year. Among Australia batsmen, only Ricky Ponting (5) and Matthew Hayden (5) have got 1000-plus runs in a year more often.

    Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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    • Kim on December 8, 2013, 9:13 GMT

      @ModernUmpiresPlz, "Anderson and Broad have bowled more overs than all 3 Australian pacemen combined. No wonder they look knackered". That is a telling stat. I wonder if they can back up in Perth? I guess we were lucky they weren't bowling today.

    • Dummy4 on December 8, 2013, 8:32 GMT

      @HenryPorter I think Shammi Mohammad got 5 batsmen bowled in the recently concluded WI tour of India. I think it was the first test in Kolkatta.

    • Cilly on December 8, 2013, 1:04 GMT

      Hi Cricinfo - could you fire up the database and tell us about the most impactful bowling spells / effort by a bowler in a single session?

      The impact of Johnson on the game yesterday was as much about him taking a total of 7 wickets, as the fact that he knocked 6 of them over in one session - and 5 of those in very quick succession.

      How does it compare in terms of other 'high impact' sessions by other bowlers in Ashes history?

    • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 23:27 GMT

      Well Clarke passes 1000 runs for the year yet again and the first to do it this year, he continues to show why he is the best batsman in the world, and with 7-40 johnson will be climbing thoes bowling ranks very quickly especially with perth to come

    • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 22:16 GMT

      Could be a very short test in perth if the poms bat first ...

    • Robin on December 7, 2013, 21:23 GMT

      risk here is if England bat better and Johnson injures himself without doing much damage, you never know what could happen - hard to see any result other than an Aussie win, but with luck, rain, injuries and commitment anything is possible. I'm all for Bell and MP opening and an England win by 10 wickets in 4 sessions after Bell doubles up and Monty triples.

    • Sathya on December 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT

      It's the best thing that clarke can do bcoz of the nature of australian pace bowlers can breakdown at any moment... He definitely need Harris and MJ in fully fit for the Perth encounter..

    • Luke on December 7, 2013, 12:11 GMT

      Saw a lot of comments saying not enforcing the follow on was some sort of madness but these stats confirmed what I suspected - In these situations the team that bats again with an already big lead and time on the board usually wins. Good call from Clarke.

    • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT

      Sam's spot on. England will need a miracle in Perth. They should try to get him injured haha, otherwise, kids the ashes goodbye mate!