Anderson's Ashes best and tenth-wicket resistance
Stats highlights from fourth and fifth days of a thrilling Ashes Test at Trent Bridge
- England have now won their last five Tests in a row at Trent Bridge. The last time England lost a Test at this venue was against India in 2007. In the last five years, they have won more Tests only at Lord's. England's win-loss record in the Ashes is 5-7 at this venue from the 21 Tests.
- Australia have now lost three Ashes Test in a row for the first time since they lost the last two of the 1985 series and first of the 1986-87 series. This was also their fifth Test defeat in a row following their 4-0 loss in India. Their worst losing streaks are seven in a row between 1885 and 1888, then six, all to the West Indies in 1984, and five - all against England - between 1926 and 1929.
- This win ranked seventh for England, and eleventh overall, in the list of closest wins by runs in the Ashes. England have now recorded 45 wins from 154 Ashes Tests at home. They are one win away from drawing level with Australia, who have 46 wins in England.
- Including this England win, the last ten matches have all produced results at this venue. Trent Bridge is one of the only three venues which haven't produced a single draw from ten or more matches in the last ten years. The other two venues are the Melbourne Cricket Ground and The Wanderers, Johannesburg.
- This was James Anderson's first ten-wicket haul for the match in the Ashes, and his second overall. He is now the only bowler to take two ten-wicket hauls at Trent Bridge. His bowling figures of 5 for 73 in Australia's second innings were his best in an innings in the Ashes. He has now taken three five-wicket hauls against Australia. Peter Siddle's wicket in Australia's second innings was his 50th wicket in the Ashes. He is the 13th fast bowler from England to take 50 or more wickets and the 21st bowler from England to do so. Anderson also won his first Man-of-the-Match award in the Ashes, and his fifth overall.
- Australia's tenth wicket added 228 runs (163 - first innings, 65 - second innings) during the match. This is the most any team has scored for their tenth wicket in a match in Tests. The previous record was also held by Australia. Their tenth wicket added 189 runs in this match.
- No. 4 is clearly not where Michael Clarke performs best. His average batting at No. 4 is a disappointing 21.51 from 32 innings as opposed to his average of 63.95 batting at No.5. He has scored 667 runs batting at No. 4 with a highest score of 80. Less than one-tenth of his Test runs have come from one-fifth of his innings batting at No. 4.
- Ian Bell scored the 18th hundred of his Test career, in England's second innings. This was his fourth in his team's second innings. This was his second century against Australia, his first coming at Sydney in 2011 in this match. It was a carefully grafted innings, with Bell taking 237 balls to reach his hundred. When he fell for 109, he had faced 267 deliveries for a strike rate of 40.82, his second slowest hundred-plus innings.
- Stuart Broad now has three fifties in the Ashes and ten overall. His 65 in England's second innings was uncharacteristically subdued, coming at a strike rate of 43.91. His scoring rate otherwise, in innings in which he scores fifty, or more runs, is 70.60. This was his slowest innings of fifty-plus runs. He hit only seven boundaries in his knock, which is also the least he has hit in any of his innings of fifty or more runs.
- The 138-run partnership between Bell and Broad in England's second innings was the fourth highest for England in the Ashes for the seventh wicket. They fell five runs short of England's highest partnership for the seventh wicket in the Ashes, between Joseph Vine and Frank Woolley, at Sydney in 1912. Also, this was the highest England have put together for the seventh wicket in the Ashes in 114 innings. Before today, Jack Russell and John Emburey added 142 runs for the seventh wicket in this match at the Old Trafford in 1989.
- Siddle's bowling returns of 8 for 135 for the match were his best in the Ashes. His previous best came at Headingley in 2009, when he took 6 for 71, including a five wicket haul.
- Australia's opening woes in the Ashes continue. The last time an Australian opener hit a century in the Ashes was by Simon Katich at Cardiff in 2009. Since then, Australia have gone 40 opener-innings without a century. Also, Chris Rogers' first Test fifty was Australia's first by an opener, not involving Watson, in six Ashes Tests. Their previous 'non-Watson' fifty in the Ashes came from Katich, again, at Brisbane in 2010.
- Anderson and Siddle are fast developing the reputation of being each other's bunnies. England's second innings was the fourth time Siddle dismissed Anderson in Tests. Anderson dismissed Siddle in both the innings of the match, taking his tally of Siddle-wickets to six.
- The seventh wicket partnership played out 487 balls (81.1 overs) in the match, all four innings put together. This is the most deliveries ever faced by the seventh wicket in the Ashes. Overall, this ranks seventh in the list. The highest number of deliveries played out by the seventh wicket partnership in a match was 778 - in a match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Christchurch.
Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo
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