Haddin's record-breaking continues
Stats highlights from the first day's play of the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG
- 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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