Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 1st day January 3, 2014

Haddin's record-breaking continues

Stats highlights from the first day's play of the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG
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  • This was Brad Haddin's sixth 50-plus score of this Ashes. This is the most a No. 7 batsman has ever hit in a series. Greg Matthews' five fifty-plus scores, which he hit in a series against Sri Lanka in 1992, were the previous highest by a No. 7 batsman in a series.

  • Haddin has also equalled Gerry Alexander's record for the most 50-plus scores in a series by a wicketkeeper. Denis Lindsay's three hundreds and two fifties against Australia in 1966 is the only other instance of a wicketkeeper scoring five or more 50-plus scores in a series.

  • Haddin has scored 465 runs in this Ashes, the second-highest by any No. 7 in a Test series. He is just nine runs short of going past Adam Gilchrist, who hit 473 runs at 157.66 against South Africa in 2001-02.

  • Steven Smith hit his second century of this Ashes and the third of his Test career in this innings. His century is the first by a No. 5 in the Ashes at the SCG after Steve Waugh's hundred in 2002-03. There have been 11 hundreds by No. 5 batsmen in the Ashes at this venue. Smith also completed 1000 Test runs during his innings: he has scored 1085 runs at 37.41 from 32 innings.

  • Australia's sixth wicket put together a century stand for the third time in this Ashes. This is only the second series in which their sixth wicket has had three century partnerships. The last such instance came in the Ashes in 1920-21.

  • Australia's sixth wicket has added 514 runs in this series at 73.42, the most any wicket has added for them. This is also currently the eighth-highest aggregate by Australia's sixth wicket in any Ashes. The highest that Australia's sixth wicket has added ever in the Ashes are 609 runs at 121.80 in the 2006-07 series.

  • Michael Carberry was Mitchell Johnson's 32nd wicket of this Ashes. He's now equalled Frank Foster's record for the most wickets by a left-arm fast bowler in an Ashes series. Foster took 32 wickets from ten innings in the 1911-12 Ashes. Johnson's haul is also the joint-third highest by a left-arm fast bowler in any series.

  • Ben Stokes took his maiden five-wicket haul in Australia's first innings, but was scored off rapidly too. His economy of 4.99 was England's second-worst for a five-wicket haul in Tests. Craig White's 5 for 127 against Australia at Perth in 2002 came at an economy of 5.48, which is the worst for an England bowler in an innings with a five-wicket haul.

  • Three England players - Boyd Rankin, Gary Ballance and Scott Borthwick - made their debut in this Test. This was the first time three or more England players made their debut in a Test since Nagpur 2006, when Ian Blackwell, Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar made their debut. The last time this happened in the Ashes was in 1993 at Trent Bridge, when Mark Ilott, Martin McCague, Mark Lathwell and Graham Thorpe all debuted.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | January 4, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Yes disco, I thought it was a tad harsh to single out Haddin's shot when we were all out for 47. At least he was trying to do something.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 4, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    How we chastised Haddin playing irresponsible shots last time in South Africa during our shambolic collapse.

    Also how many times have all 100 wickets been taken in a 5 match Test series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 4, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    How many players have scored a 7 in an Ashes? C'mon, give Rogers a mention...

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 4, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @OhhhhhMattyMatty:- Wow, a century and a six for in four tests. No one has ever been so dominating! OhhhhhMattyMatty indeed! You're really losing the plot, Stokes for man of the series?

  • POSTED BY Sadip on | January 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Brad Haddin really played well in the series.... lots of runs scored and at really required time... he rescued the Aussies in most of the time in the series....!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 4, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    didnt haddin get 169 in my home of NZ a few years back and swung the team's way to a massive win?

  • POSTED BY Nicked_to_first_slip on | January 4, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Great work by Haddin this series - superb in fact. In his batting, especially to rescue the totals after collapses (add Smith, Johnson, Harris and Lyon too).

    But of course no comparison to Gilchrist on the pure stats. Gilchrist monstered his runs against S Africa in 2001-02 from 3 Tests, not 5.

    Personal note: I have always had a bit of a thing for wicketkeeper batsmen, ever since seeing Rod Marsh whacking at the WACA , then gloving up to Lillee etc as a child.

    So particular satisfaction from Haddin's work in this series (and Gilchrist in 2001-02!).

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | January 3, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Lol @MattyMatty. Stokes has played well but is not even in the top 7 for Man of The Series. As said below your clutching at straws there Matty.

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | January 3, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    @t20superstars - your short term memory fails you (they say it is the first thing to go). While not winning a match in England - he came pretty darn close. In fact, if there was a man of the bi-lateral series, he would win at a canter. Bell was good there but failed here, Johnson wasn't in England. It would be a no-contest.

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | January 3, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    As a devoted Aus supporter I was filled with chagrin at watching some of Lifesaver Lindsay's super performances in '66. Conversely, I was thrilled as never before seeing by my hero Gilly in '02. Looking forward to seeing what Hadds can do next month.

  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | January 4, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Yes disco, I thought it was a tad harsh to single out Haddin's shot when we were all out for 47. At least he was trying to do something.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 4, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    How we chastised Haddin playing irresponsible shots last time in South Africa during our shambolic collapse.

    Also how many times have all 100 wickets been taken in a 5 match Test series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 4, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    How many players have scored a 7 in an Ashes? C'mon, give Rogers a mention...

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | January 4, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @OhhhhhMattyMatty:- Wow, a century and a six for in four tests. No one has ever been so dominating! OhhhhhMattyMatty indeed! You're really losing the plot, Stokes for man of the series?

  • POSTED BY Sadip on | January 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Brad Haddin really played well in the series.... lots of runs scored and at really required time... he rescued the Aussies in most of the time in the series....!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 4, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    didnt haddin get 169 in my home of NZ a few years back and swung the team's way to a massive win?

  • POSTED BY Nicked_to_first_slip on | January 4, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Great work by Haddin this series - superb in fact. In his batting, especially to rescue the totals after collapses (add Smith, Johnson, Harris and Lyon too).

    But of course no comparison to Gilchrist on the pure stats. Gilchrist monstered his runs against S Africa in 2001-02 from 3 Tests, not 5.

    Personal note: I have always had a bit of a thing for wicketkeeper batsmen, ever since seeing Rod Marsh whacking at the WACA , then gloving up to Lillee etc as a child.

    So particular satisfaction from Haddin's work in this series (and Gilchrist in 2001-02!).

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | January 3, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Lol @MattyMatty. Stokes has played well but is not even in the top 7 for Man of The Series. As said below your clutching at straws there Matty.

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | January 3, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    @t20superstars - your short term memory fails you (they say it is the first thing to go). While not winning a match in England - he came pretty darn close. In fact, if there was a man of the bi-lateral series, he would win at a canter. Bell was good there but failed here, Johnson wasn't in England. It would be a no-contest.

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | January 3, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    As a devoted Aus supporter I was filled with chagrin at watching some of Lifesaver Lindsay's super performances in '66. Conversely, I was thrilled as never before seeing by my hero Gilly in '02. Looking forward to seeing what Hadds can do next month.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 3, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Haddin's stellar record as a keeper is not much spoken of. For players keeping in 10 or more tests he has the 7th highest "average" of Dismissals per Innings, testimony to his high quality of keeping. He lies right behind another Aussie keeper mentioned in the article. Adam Gilchrist. The other keeper mentioned, South Africa's Denis Lindsey, lies close behind at number 11 on that list. Haddin's batting average has not kept up with his peers, but he seems intent on correcting that, seemingly at the high point of his career.

    Also high on the list is another keeper who has not yet got much acknowledgement for the quality of his keeping. The 4th best average of Dismissals per Innings belong to South African AB de Villiers, Haddin's contemporary against whom he will be playing shortly. de Villiers currently has scored a fifty in each of his last 10 tests. It seems quality keepers keep good company.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 3, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Shiva Jayaraman has made an unusual error. He write "Haddin has also equalled Gerry Alexander's record for the most 50-plus scores in a series by a wicketkeeper. Denis Lindsay's three hundreds and two fifties against South Africa in 1966 is the only other instance of a wicketkeeper scoring five or more 50-plus scores in a series."

    Denis Lindsay played FOR South Africa, & scored those 3 hundreds and 2 fifties AGAINST Australia. Lindsay's scores read 69 & 182, 5 & 81 , 137 & DNB, and 131, averaging 101 over the 4 tests. The 1966/67 and 1969/70 series against Australia were only SA's 2nd & 3rd test wins against Aus, & the first time SA truly dominated, including the famous whitewash of 69/70. Aus had been whipping SA for years - let's not go handing them SA's few successes too!

    Interestingly, current SA keeper AB de Villiers has scored 50 plus in his last 10 tests, including 5 centuries, averaging 79. The upcoming SA vs Aus tests may shape up as the battle of the keepers!

  • POSTED BY Zaltyfan on | January 3, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    What ever Haddin has done over the last five weeks or so but one thing is obvious that he has appeared as the second biggest contributor to the scintillating Ashes win after Jhonson. He has been a nightmare for the English bowler and had managed to take every single test away from them. No matter how many Aussie batsmen you have dismissed, no sigh of relief until its xxx/10 atleas. Remember Ashton Agar.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    MattyMatty which planet have you just arrived from? How on earth can Stokes be considered as Man of the Series when he has not been on the winning side? Either your knowledge of cricket is really poor or you're a Kiwi hoping for a miracle that another expatriate is playing for "a English world XI " . He was gifted at least 3 wickets today for the cause of quick runs.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 3, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Just award the medal to both players - Johnson and Haddin, not a big issue. The Australians still have a bit to go at building stability but it is getting there, the second innings have probably been a lot more one sided - every Australian batsmen has produced runs minus Bailey (other than 50 and that slog fest against Anderson) - it hasn't be complete instability but there are still holes there.

    I still don't know what to make of Watson - I always feel he is vulnerable. But with Clarke, Warner (he will get some low scores due to way he plays) Smith - you have three pretty decent players there. Haddin won't be around for much longer that is the reality. I don't see how Rogers can be in the long term plans. I would think Hughes, Silk, Burns or Maddinson should start to come in the frame. The future wicket keeper is the more tricky proposition.

  • POSTED BY t20superstars on | January 3, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    First of all hats off to the editor for pulling out such great stats. Its really surprising to me that haddin has come through a golden period in his career. He has found his form back and it has come at the right time when the australians wished for something special. But, I worry, he can bat only at home. His strong performances have come only at home. How many matches has he won for australia outside home? I would say none. With the southafrican series around the corner, it would really need something from haddin to mark his place in the side.Also, haddin has lost his reflexes behind the wickets considerably.Its high time australia bring on mathew wade into the team as the main wicketkeeper and push haddin as the reserve one. Rather play haddin as a batsman at no.6 instead of george bailey, who has not show enough at the test level.

  • POSTED BY ArthursAshes on | January 3, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I've read that on average Australia have been 141-5 in the first innings in this series. In other words, England have regularly had them in a bad position and then let them off. The last 5 wickets have put on an average 214, largely thanks to Haddin, Smith and a tail that can bat against bowling that has lacked the killer instinct. Credit shouldn't be taken away from each Australian fightback, but top sides don't let the opposition off when you have 5 down for not many. England's batting has been woeful, but the bowling has consistently failed to finish the job when on top.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    ...and this does not even includesimilar stats for Haddin from the Ozs failed Ashes Tour before this Ashes!

  • POSTED BY OhhhhhMattyMatty on | January 3, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Stokes is pushing for Man of the Series. A century and a 6 wicket haul. This is Botham and Flintoff all over again!

  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | January 3, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    I also note Haddin scored more than 50 in the first innings of all five tests. This strikes me as highly unusual - not just for a wicketkeeper/number 7, but for anyone. Am I right? (I remember one mentioned, Lindsay, failed in the first innings at least once, when he was caught and bowled off a top edge which rebounded off his head to the bowler!)

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  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | January 3, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    I also note Haddin scored more than 50 in the first innings of all five tests. This strikes me as highly unusual - not just for a wicketkeeper/number 7, but for anyone. Am I right? (I remember one mentioned, Lindsay, failed in the first innings at least once, when he was caught and bowled off a top edge which rebounded off his head to the bowler!)

  • POSTED BY OhhhhhMattyMatty on | January 3, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Stokes is pushing for Man of the Series. A century and a 6 wicket haul. This is Botham and Flintoff all over again!

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    ...and this does not even includesimilar stats for Haddin from the Ozs failed Ashes Tour before this Ashes!

  • POSTED BY ArthursAshes on | January 3, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I've read that on average Australia have been 141-5 in the first innings in this series. In other words, England have regularly had them in a bad position and then let them off. The last 5 wickets have put on an average 214, largely thanks to Haddin, Smith and a tail that can bat against bowling that has lacked the killer instinct. Credit shouldn't be taken away from each Australian fightback, but top sides don't let the opposition off when you have 5 down for not many. England's batting has been woeful, but the bowling has consistently failed to finish the job when on top.

  • POSTED BY t20superstars on | January 3, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    First of all hats off to the editor for pulling out such great stats. Its really surprising to me that haddin has come through a golden period in his career. He has found his form back and it has come at the right time when the australians wished for something special. But, I worry, he can bat only at home. His strong performances have come only at home. How many matches has he won for australia outside home? I would say none. With the southafrican series around the corner, it would really need something from haddin to mark his place in the side.Also, haddin has lost his reflexes behind the wickets considerably.Its high time australia bring on mathew wade into the team as the main wicketkeeper and push haddin as the reserve one. Rather play haddin as a batsman at no.6 instead of george bailey, who has not show enough at the test level.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 3, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Just award the medal to both players - Johnson and Haddin, not a big issue. The Australians still have a bit to go at building stability but it is getting there, the second innings have probably been a lot more one sided - every Australian batsmen has produced runs minus Bailey (other than 50 and that slog fest against Anderson) - it hasn't be complete instability but there are still holes there.

    I still don't know what to make of Watson - I always feel he is vulnerable. But with Clarke, Warner (he will get some low scores due to way he plays) Smith - you have three pretty decent players there. Haddin won't be around for much longer that is the reality. I don't see how Rogers can be in the long term plans. I would think Hughes, Silk, Burns or Maddinson should start to come in the frame. The future wicket keeper is the more tricky proposition.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    MattyMatty which planet have you just arrived from? How on earth can Stokes be considered as Man of the Series when he has not been on the winning side? Either your knowledge of cricket is really poor or you're a Kiwi hoping for a miracle that another expatriate is playing for "a English world XI " . He was gifted at least 3 wickets today for the cause of quick runs.

  • POSTED BY Zaltyfan on | January 3, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    What ever Haddin has done over the last five weeks or so but one thing is obvious that he has appeared as the second biggest contributor to the scintillating Ashes win after Jhonson. He has been a nightmare for the English bowler and had managed to take every single test away from them. No matter how many Aussie batsmen you have dismissed, no sigh of relief until its xxx/10 atleas. Remember Ashton Agar.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 3, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Shiva Jayaraman has made an unusual error. He write "Haddin has also equalled Gerry Alexander's record for the most 50-plus scores in a series by a wicketkeeper. Denis Lindsay's three hundreds and two fifties against South Africa in 1966 is the only other instance of a wicketkeeper scoring five or more 50-plus scores in a series."

    Denis Lindsay played FOR South Africa, & scored those 3 hundreds and 2 fifties AGAINST Australia. Lindsay's scores read 69 & 182, 5 & 81 , 137 & DNB, and 131, averaging 101 over the 4 tests. The 1966/67 and 1969/70 series against Australia were only SA's 2nd & 3rd test wins against Aus, & the first time SA truly dominated, including the famous whitewash of 69/70. Aus had been whipping SA for years - let's not go handing them SA's few successes too!

    Interestingly, current SA keeper AB de Villiers has scored 50 plus in his last 10 tests, including 5 centuries, averaging 79. The upcoming SA vs Aus tests may shape up as the battle of the keepers!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 3, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Haddin's stellar record as a keeper is not much spoken of. For players keeping in 10 or more tests he has the 7th highest "average" of Dismissals per Innings, testimony to his high quality of keeping. He lies right behind another Aussie keeper mentioned in the article. Adam Gilchrist. The other keeper mentioned, South Africa's Denis Lindsey, lies close behind at number 11 on that list. Haddin's batting average has not kept up with his peers, but he seems intent on correcting that, seemingly at the high point of his career.

    Also high on the list is another keeper who has not yet got much acknowledgement for the quality of his keeping. The 4th best average of Dismissals per Innings belong to South African AB de Villiers, Haddin's contemporary against whom he will be playing shortly. de Villiers currently has scored a fifty in each of his last 10 tests. It seems quality keepers keep good company.