England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day July 14, 2013

Anderson's Ashes best and tenth-wicket resistance

Shiva Jayaraman
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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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 15, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Clarke is listening too much to his detractors, and shuffling himself around the order too much. Horses for courses! If Clarke is best at no. 5, bat at no. 5! Forget about all this 'hiding' nonsense.

    I know it's only been one game, and nothing's going to come of this observation/comment, but Root's promotion to open with Cook has hardly been a great success, has it?

  • 51n15t9r on July 15, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Anderson is without a doubt one of the best bowlers in world cricket today... Him and Steyn. I had high hopes from Starc to be an able support for Siddle and Pattinson, but he has had a very disappointing game, both with the ball and the bat.

  • anver777 on July 15, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Hard work & determination is the main reason behind Anderson's success, he bowled 13 overs at a stretch and gave Eng the much need breakthroughs.... in a test match bowling 13 overs unchanged is very rare in this modern day's cricket !!!!

  • siddhartha87 on July 15, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Australia will win this series no doubt about it. I had doubts on them before the series started but not anymore.And Clarke please bat at no 5. That is where you belong.It is useless if you bat at no 4 and fail to score.

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Australia are rightly being commended for their spirit in this game. But if, despite all these records (98 for Agar, highest aggregate 10th innings score across the 2 innings, best Ashes performance by Siddle) they still lose, what will happen when they revert to the mean? If this was the high-water mark of Australian performances, is there hope for the series as a contest?

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    It was a close game, but as a neutral, I thought England would have won this one anyway. This ashes series is certainly turning out to be a cracker. I reckon England will take it 3-2.

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Absolutely bewildering - and in my opinion game costing - decision by Michael Clarke to not rise to the occasion and bat at number 3. Why place Ed Cowan there? He hasn't performed in some time and you always put your best batsman there. What is Michael Clarke afraid of?? That move cost us the game clearly in my opinion. A little more momentum up the top of the order and the game could have swung the other way.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 14, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Anderson, the famous flat-deck/green-top specialist showed us all why, whether it's on the sub-continent decks or a green top in England (not that those exist anymore), he is often called 'The difference between the sides', like India's MS Dhoni said of him in the last series. He had had that reputation for years before that series though, after famously shaking off a brief stigma at the start of his career with triumphant acclaim. This Trent Bridge pitch was one of the worst ever produced at the ground, lacking pace and bounce from day 2. It was as flat as a pancake, which makes Anderson's achievements far greater. We knew Anderson was better than any of the Australian bowlers well before this series began. Here he was bowling not just better, but faster than the Australian bowlers, especially Patterson. Amazing bowling Jimmy, this series you could eclipse your 24 wickets in the last Ashes.

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