Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 3rd day

543 balls, 20 wickets

England were bowled out twice in 90.3 overs in the Sydney Test. Stats highlights from another rout

S Rajesh

January 5, 2014

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Mitchell Johnson roared in on the second morning, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 2nd day, January, 4, 2014
Mitchell Johnson's series haul of 37 wickets equals the record for a left-arm fast bowler in a series © PA Photos
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  • Australia's 5-0 victory is only the third such rout in an Ashes series, with all three such verdicts going in favour of Australia on their home soil: they had previously beaten England 5-0 in 1920-21 and 2006-07.

  • Overall, it is Australia's fifth such series verdict against any opposition - they have also beaten West Indies (2000-01) and South Africa (1931-32) by 5-0 margins. For England too, it's the fifth time they've been thrashed by a 5-0 margin - they suffered two such beatings versus West Indies in the 1980s.

  • England's second innings in Sydney lasted just 31.4 overs, their tenth-lowest ever against Australia. Eight of those were before 1910. Over the last 100 years and more, this is the second-lowest, after the 28.2 overs in which they were bowled out at the Gabba in 2002-03. Since 1910, England have been bowled out in fewer overs only five times by any opposition.

  • England lost 20 wickets in 543 balls in this Test; in other words, they batted 90.3 overs - which is three balls over a regular day's play - and were bowled out twice. Since 1910, only once have they lost 20 in fewer deliveries: against West Indies in Kingston in 1986, they lasted 530 deliveries and were bowled out for 159 and 152. Against West Indies at Edgbaston in 1995, they lost 19 wickets in 446 balls - Alec Stewart didn't bat in the second innings because of an injury.

  • England's average of 21.58 runs per wicket is their fifth-lowest in a series since 1910; two of those have happened in the last couple of years - against Pakistan in the UAE in 2012, they averaged 19.06 over three Tests, their lowest in a series during this period.

  • Australia's batsmen averaged 41.41 runs per wicket over the entire series, compared to England's 21.58. The difference of 19.83 between the two averages is the seventh-highest in any Ashes series. When Australia won 5-0 in 2006-07 the difference in averages was 26.42, while England averaged 21.91 more than Australia when they won 3-1 in 2010-11.

  • Mitchell Johnson's series haul of 37 wickets is the ninth-highest in an Ashes series, but the fifth-best in a five-Test contest. Jim Laker's 46 in five Tests in 1956 is the highest in any Ashes, while the best for Australia in a five-Test Ashes is Shane Warne's 40 in England in 2005. Johnson's 37 is the best by an Australia bowler in a five-Test Ashes series in Australia.

  • Johnson's 37 wickets also equals the record series haul by a left-arm fast bowler - Australia's Bill Whitty took 37 against South Africa in 1910-11.

  • Among bowlers who have bowled at least 1000 balls in an Ashes series, Johnson's average of 13.97 is the third-best, next only to Laker (9.60 in 1956) and Rodney Hogg (12.85 in 1978-79).

  • Ryan Harris' 5 for 25 is his fourth five-for in 12 Tests against England; out of his 93 Test wickets, 57 have come against England at an average of 20.63.

  • England's top five didn't score a single century in the series - the only hundred for the team came from Ben Stokes, batting at No.6. It's only the second such instance for England in an Ashes series of five or more Tests since 1900 - the previous instance was in 1972 in England, when their top five averaged 25.13, and scored four fifties in 48 innings. Here, they averaged 25.57, and scored nine fifties in 50 innings.

  • Australia's batsmen, on the other hand, scored ten hundreds in the series, which equals their record for an Ashes series. They also scored ten in 1920-21, 1946-47 and in 1993.

  • The 5-0 series drubbing has pushed Australia up to No. 3 in the ICC's Test rankings, while England have slipped to No. 4.

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Posted by mjk45 on (January 6, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

About the 100wickets the reason that there was no 100 wickets in 1920-21 is due to the fact that in the 2nd test the English player J.W Hearne was absent not able to play in both innings , so No_1_ again can tell his son there where in fact no English declarations.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Get rid of Flower, Cook & all the coaching staff, start afresh with Englishmen who want to play & fight for the 3 Lions.

Posted by MrKricket on (January 6, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

I've seen plenty of mentions of the 10 Australian centuries to one from England but the more important stat is the number of century partnerships. England got just the one too. Australia? Look it up. Tests are won by batsmen forming partnerships. Tests are won by bowlers breaking partnerships. I would guess the stats are similar (but reversed) for Australia's 0-4 result in India.

Posted by mrgupta on (January 6, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

I have often seen people mentioning here on Cricinfo on How India manages to get thrashed outside but win handsomely in India. Why restrict to India? Aus lost 4-0 in India but won easily in Aus. England was winning everything in England but got thrashed in Aus. And yes both Eng and Aus are places where there are bouncy pitches, so guys if India cant play on bouncy pitches then neither can England and Aussies cant play on spinning tracks! Every team is winning in their own backyard and loosing outside!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

I loved the Ashes series too but before we Aussies get too carried away here's a different perspective on the Ashes which is unlikely to be highlighted in the (handwringing) English or by the (triumphant) Aussie media.

Home track bullies rule.

Home sides win test matches. No test side other than Zimbabwe lost at home in the last year. Since the start of 2013, there have been 42 test matches: - the home sides won 30 (slightly over 70%) - the away sides won just 2 (5%). In both cases the losing side was Zimbabwe who, in most people's opinion, are not of test quality. - there were 10 draws (25%).

Conclusions a. at 70% won ratio, in a 5 test series the average result would be 3-0 or 4-0. Consequently England slightly underperformed when they beat Australia 3-0 at home and Australia only slightly exceed the norm winning 5-0. b. England are correctly judged by the bookies as equal favourites to retain the Ashes in 2015 at home.

Posted by Digimont on (January 6, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

I think the most damning statistic of them all is that England failed to dismiss Australia's number 11 in the entire series.

Posted by sidh78 on (January 6, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

every one always pointed out ins's 4-0 loss in aus & eng.that time india was very tired(after wc&ipl) & had very aging team.so they lost in alien conditions.ind also whitewashed aus 4-0.but now look at eng, whitewashed 5-0 in almost similar conditions of there own& not alien for engl.butu heared any time that ind whitewashed in subcontinante which has similar condn. like india but india always dominated in sc and played very well beside thay two eng - aus tour

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

Find 10 more Stokes? Scott Borthwick, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Will Gidman, Luke Wright, Keith Barker... and Ned Eckersley. 11 allrounders including the wicketkeeper.

Posted by whensdrinks on (January 6, 2014, 0:31 GMT)

It is the first time that all 100 English wickets have fallen in an Ashes series.

This has happened before in other series e.g. Sth Africa lost 100 in the 1935/36 tour of Australia.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

@Yevghenny - i read "imported" instead of "important". Of course that would be correct too. Stokes is massively impressive. Imagine the thumping England would get against NZ if he played for his country of birth.

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