Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day December 15, 2013

Warner's WACA love affair

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the third day's play between Australia and England at WACA Ground, Perth

  • This was David Warner's fifth hundred in Tests and his second at the WACA Ground. Warner has scored 394 runs at 78.80 with three fifty-plus scores at this venue. He's scored his runs here at a fast pace too - at a strike rate of 88.53. Among batsmen with at least 300 Test runs at this ground, only Adam Gilchrist has scored his runs faster than Warner.

  • Warner became only the second opener in Tests after Michael Slater to hit two hundreds at the WACA and the 12th batsman to hit two hundreds at this venue. Only six openers - including Warner today - have managed to hit a century in the second innings at this venue. The last time an Australia opener hit a century in the second innings at this venue was Mark Taylor against New Zealand in 1993.

  • Warner hit fifty-plus in both the innings of this Test, the first time an Australia opener hit two fifty-plus scores in an Ashes Test since Shane Watson at the Adelaide Oval in 2010. This was the first time an Australia opener hit a century and a fifty in the same Ashes Test since Justin Langer's 82 and 100 not-out at Brisbane in 2006.

  • Warner has become the first Australia opener since Matthew Hayden in 2002 to hit two or more centuries in an Ashes series. He's scored 457 runs in this Ashes at 91.40 from six innings, including four fifty-plus scores. Earlier this year in England, Warner had scored 138 runs at 23.00 from six innings.

  • The 157-run partnership between Warner and Chris Rogers was the only the third century opening stand in the Ashes at the WACA Ground and Australia's first at the venue in the Ashes. The last time an opening pair added 100 runs at this ground in the Ashes was in 1986, when England's openers - Bill Athey and Chris Broad - added 223 for the first wicket. This was also only the sixth century partnership by Australia openers at the venue.

  • Rogers also made a significant contribution in the second innings, with a fifty in Australia's second innings today. The last time both their openers hit fifty-plus scores in an innings in the Ashes was 24 Tests and 44 innings ago, at The Oval in 2005 when Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden both got hundreds in Australia's first innings. Including this, there have been only two instances of both openers getting fifty-plus scores in the second innings at this venue. The previous instance came more than ten years ago, in 1993 in this Test against New Zealand, when Taylor hit a century and Slater missed one by just a run.

  • Peter Siddle dismissed Matt Prior for the 11th time in Tests, in England's innings today. This equals the most any batsman has been dismissed by a bowler in Tests since 2002. Siddle himself and Ashwell Prince have been dismissed 11 times each by James Anderson and Shane Warne, respectively, in Tests since 2002. Click here for a list of batsmen to have been dismissed by a bowler most often in Tests.

  • Including this Test, Australia have scored 600 or more in a match for the fourth consecutive Ashes Test since they totalled 603 runs in the Oval Test earlier this year. The last time this happened was way back in 1946-47 when they had a similar streak of four 600-plus totals for the match. There were only two other such streaks of four or more 600-plus totals by Australia before that. Across the 1937-38 and 1938 seasons, they had a streak of five Tests in which they totalled 600 runs or more in each Test. The other such instance came in 1928-29, when they totalled 600 or more in four consecutive Tests.

  • England's lower-middle order and their tail failed yet again to make any difference with the bat - their last-five wickets could add only 61 runs in their first innings. This was the 11th time in 18 innings - in which England have been all out - that their last-five wickets failed to total 100 runs in 2013. No other team has fared as badly - the next in that list are New Zealand with nine such instances and Pakistan with eight such instances.

    Teams losing last-five wickets for less than 100 most often in 2013
    Team Inns All-out inns last five scoring <100  %age
    England 24 18 11 61.1
    New Zealand 19 13 9 69.2
    Pakistan 14 12 8 66.7
    Zimbabwe 12 11 7 63.6
    West Indies 11 9 5 55.6
    Bangladesh 12 8 4 50.0
    South Africa 10 6 3 50.0
    India 9 6 3 50.0
    Australia 26 15 2 13.3
    Sri Lanka 6 3 2 66.7

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    The Ashes series hasn't been decided yet..plz save all the talks for tomorrow.

  • Matthew on December 16, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Some great stats here Shiva. The most telling one is the lack of runs from the England tail. That Johnson and co. are effectively running through the lower order is a key difference between the sides, alongside the relative form of Prior and Haddin. (It underlines the value of Gilchrist whose contribution was every bit as important as Warne, McGrath and Ponting in Australia's period of dominance.)

    @Mitty2 - I love the stat Tendulkar = Clarke + Cook! Fabricated, but still awesome! Someone has way too much time on their hands ...

    And, the batters have answered Boof's call for hundreds. This has been the big concern for a long time. For Australia's rise to continue the batting will need to keep up a standard that matches the bowling and fielding. It's still a tad flakey, but it's heading in the right direction.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    After the South African we India may go up a few places in that list.

  • David on December 15, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    The most amazing stat in the last table above is the percentages column. 61.1% for England puts them in the middle of the pack (5th out of 10), but Australia's 13.3% is miles better than anyone else.

    The gap from Australia to the next best is almost double the entire spread of all the other teams.

    This is a dream tail-end we have (and thank goodness! - considering how scratchy our top-order is!).

  • Venkat on December 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I am enjoying the way England is being humiliated - for all the arrogance they showed this (northern) summer and the press conferences. This is one of the best Christmas gifts

  • Hamish on December 15, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    What's funny is that effectively England are five out all out, and when we're five out, we score the majority of our runs. A few more stats I picked up: Swann has now given away the most runs against an opposition in a calendar year in Tests, beating Geoff Lawson's 1227 against West Indies in 1984; before Clarke's second innings there's this comparison: Sachin Tendulkar 200 Tests 51 Centuries 15921 Runs

    Michael Clarke + Alistair Cook 200 Tests 51 Centuries 15919 Runs

    And of course my personal favourite: we've scored 6 centuries to England's 0 this series, with Aus having scored eight consecutive Ashes centuries (The Oval 2 scored by Smith/Watson) that has gone unmatched by England. Before that it was England's 14/17 Ashes hundreds (I forget which one) to Australia's 3 since the 2010/11 Ashes lol. Talk about a turnaround

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