England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Trent Bridge chases, and teenage spinners

Stats highlights from another engrossing day at Trent Bridge

S Rajesh

July 12, 2013

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Stuart Broad added priceless lower-order runs, England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day, July 12, 2013
Stuart Broad averages 42.14 at Trent Bridge, higher than all the specialist batsmen in England's current line-up © Getty Images
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  • The highest fourth-innings target successfully chased at Trent Bridge is 284, by England against New Zealand in 2004. In that game England, who batted second, trailed New Zealand by 65 after their first innings. It's exactly the difference in the first-innings scores in this match, except that Australia, the team batting second, took the lead here. The highest by a visiting team is 208, by West Indies way back in 1980.

  • England's star of the day was Ian Bell, who batted patiently and faced 228 deliveries - the second-highest he has ever faced in an innings against Australia - to score an unbeaten 95. It's his 13th fifty-plus score against Australia, but he has previously converted only one of those into a century. During the course of that innings, Bell also became the 14th England batsman to get to 6000 Test runs. It's a superb achievement, but his last 1000 runs have been rather arduous, stretching over 20 Tests and 36 innings. His previous 1000 runs (4000 to 5000) by contrast, required only ten Tests and 14 innings.

  • Bell's 108-run undefeated stand is his second century partnership with Broad. The previous one had come against South Africa at Lord's, exactly five years ago, when they put together 152 for the seventh wicket.

  • Broad's Test batting average at Trent Bridge is 42.14, which is higher than the corresponding averages of all the specialist batsmen in England's current team.

  • Alastair Cook's 50 took all of 165 balls - a strike rate of 30.30 - which is the slowest of his 55 fifty-plus scores; the previous-slowest was his 60 off 178 balls at Headingley in 2008.

  • It was a surprise, though, that Cook got out after getting that half-century, because it was his first half-century as captain. On the seven previous occasions when he had gone past 50, he had scored hundreds. His previous six fifty-plus scores - dating back to July last year - had all been hundreds too.

  • Ashton Agar continued his extraordinary debut by dismissing Cook and Jonny Bairstow and finishing the day with 2 for 82, thus also becoming the first Australian teenage spinner to take a Test wicket. The previous youngest Australian spinner to take a Test wicket was Graham Hole, who was a month over 20 when he took a wicket against England in 1951. India lead the way in terms of wickets for teenage spinners, with 166 - BS Chandrasekhar and Ravi Shastri took 27, L Sivaramakrishnan took 26, and Harbhajan Singh and S Venkataraghavan 21 each.

  • The 110-run partnership between Cook and Kevin Pietersen took 296 deliveries, which means the scoring rate was 2.22 per over. Among third-wicket partnerships for England since 2000 which lasted beyond 40 overs, this is the second-slowest: the only slower one was between Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain against West Indies in Port of Spain in 2004, when they put together 120 in 346 balls, a rate of 2.08 per over.

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Posted by H_Z_O on (July 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

@Mitty2 Yeah, your boys have played really well. Hughes especially as looked class, and assuming Clarke can't keep getting out to a beauty every time, he's going to be in the runs at some point in this series. The bowlers all bowled well.

Like you I don't think Broad can be criticised for not waking. Batsman's prerogative and most use it. The decision was shockingly bad, though. The proverbial howler.

@Lyndon McPaul I've been floating that idea too. Agar looks a solid batsman, he's a proper batsman and was playing good proper cricket shots. If he can keep that up, playing two spinners is a great idea. From what I just heard, Agar's carrying a tiny finger injury (cut on his spinning finger) and if that's going to hamper his bowling in any way, having Lyon there will be a must, especially if this dry weather keeps up. How badly would you like a Lyon 4 or 5-for in this innings?

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Australia need 2 spinners and 3 seamers to get 20 wickets cheap enough to win any tests in Eng from now on as the administrators will sap the life out of all the remaining pitches as well and try to utililize Eng's strenghts of spin and reverse swing. If I was Clarke; I would experiment by throwing Agar up the order at 4 or 5 to see how he handles it in our chase with free rein and no pressure.If Agar performs for a second time then Clarke will be able to drop a non performing batsmen; put Agar at 7 and Haddin at 6 and bring in Nathan Lyon. Our attack is shown to be only about 3 or 4 wickets short on absolute feather beds and it looks like we will need aggressive tactics to chase the Ashes from 1-0 down.Another spinner will counter the 'grinding' tactics' of the english and maybe force them to attack more as they wont be able to tire out our seamers by simply playing out their overs but instead they will remain fresh and be able to impact the game more unless they attack our spinners.

Posted by Mitty2 on (July 13, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Agar breaking more records... Absolute superstar. In the likely case we lose this match, there are still so many positives. Agar is first, obviously, then you've got our bowlers winning against eng's top order and restricting them (having KP with such a low strike rate is brilliant), Hughes' underrated yet crucial innings, and the general fight shown. Looks like it's going to be a cracker series?

Well I guess broad's success here is due to it being his home ground, be interesting to see how much further he can push on after being supremely lucky (agar much?)

Also, got any stats on who walks? ;) I'd guess that about 99% of batsmen who are out but not given out dont walk. Ridiculous, despite being Australian, that people are criticising broad for not walking rather than criticising Dar's decision.

Posted by allandray on (July 12, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

The youngest Australian bowler overall to have taken a wicket is Pat Cummins who was 18 years 193 days when he had Hashim Amla caught by Ricky Ponting for 19 at The Wanderers on 17 November 2011. Youngest Test bowler to take a wicket is Talha Jubair of Bangladesh who bowled Marvin Atapattu for 20 at Colombo on 22 July 2002 aged 16 years 224 days. Youngest bowler to take a wicket in England-Australia contests is Tom Garrett who had Harry Jupp lbw on 17 March 1877 at Melbourne aged 18 years 234 days.

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