England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

England's youngest at Lord's

Stats highlights from Lord's

Shiva Jayaraman

July 21, 2013

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Joe Root completes his first Ashes hundred, England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day, July 20, 2013
Joe Root became England's youngest Ashes centurion at Lord's © Getty Images
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  • This was England's 50th win at Lord's. Seven of them have come against Australia. England have now drawn level with Australia in terms of Ashes wins in England, both teams now having won 46 Tests.

  • This was England's fourth Ashes Test win in a row. There have been only five such winning streaks (four or more wins in a row) for England in Ashes history. The last time England won four or more Ashes Tests in a row was the five wins across two series between August 1926 and February 1929. The longest streak of Ashes wins for England was seven wins in the 19th century.

  • Joe Root became the youngest England batsman, at 22 years and 202 days, to hit a hundred at Lord's in the Ashes. This record was previously with Duleepsinghji, who was 25 years old when he hit an Ashes hundred at Lord's in 1930. Root is only the third-youngest England batsman to hit a century at Lord's, though, behind Denis Compton and his captain, Alastair Cook. He is ninth in the list of youngest England batsmen to hit a century in the Ashes.

  • Root's century was the first from an England opener, other than Cook or Andrew Strauss, in over ten years. The last century in the Ashes from a right-handed England opener was by Michael Vaughan at Sydney in 2003. Root also became only the sixth opener for England to hit a century at Lord's in the Ashes. John Edrich and Jack Hobbs have two centuries each as openers at Lord's in the Ashes.

  • This century augurs well for Root's prospects as the future England captain: the last six England openers to hit a century in the Ashes have either done so as England captain, or have ended up as one. Mark Butcher was the only non-regular captain of the six: his only match as England's captain, against New Zealand, was as a mid-series replacement for an injured Nasser Hussain in this match. The last England opener to hit a century in the Ashes and not end up as the England captain was Chris Broad.

  • This is only the third time that England have won a Test after being three down for 30 or less in both their innings. The last such win for England came against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1934-35. The one before that came in the 19th century - against Australia at The Oval. Overall, in Tests, this has been done only seven times - twice by Australia, once each by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and three times by England.

  • Ian Bell's hundred in England's first innings was his third in three consecutive Ashes Tests. He is the fifth England batsman to achieve this feat. Jack Hobbs (twice), Wally Hammond, Chris Broad and Bob Woolmer are the other England batsmen to do so. Like Bell's, Bob Woolmer's three centuries were spread across two Ashes series. In his last ten Ashes innings, Bell has scored 646 runs at an average of 71.77 with three hundreds and four fifties. This is four runs more than what he scored from his previous 25 Ashes innings - he averaged a pedestrian 25.68 from those innings.

  • Australia's last four batsmen now average better than their first four in this series. Their last four batsmen (No. 8 to No. 11) have scored 261 runs at an average of 20.07 as opposed to their first four (No.1 to No.4) who average 19.06 with a total of 305 runs in the first two Tests.

  • Australia's tenth wicket partnership has added 497 runs in Tests in 2013 and averages 45.18, the highest for them this year. The 163-run tenth wicket partnership between Phillip Hughes and Ashton Agar in the Trent Bridge Test is also their highest partnership for any wicket this year. Australia's tenth wicket partnership has added 295 runs in two Tests in this Ashes series. This is already the third highest runs added for the tenth wicket by a team in any Ashes series. The most England have added for their tenth wicket in a single Ashes series was 243 runs in 1903-04.

  • Steven Smith's 3 for 18 in England's first innings was the first instance of a fourth change bowler taking three or more wickets in an innings in the Ashes since 1975. The last time this happened in an Ashes Test, two bowlers achieved this feat in the same match: Tony Greig took 3 for 107 for England and Doug Walters took 4 for 34 for Australia.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by mumble_myopia on (July 23, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Aus should pick 10 bowlers and Haddin - that way they have plenty of bowling and batting!

Posted by bringbackhaydos on (July 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Great wicket-keeping Haddin for allowing Joe Root to score an extra 172 runs. Bring in Wade as keeper and a batsmen who has scored a recent test century. I would keep Haddin in as a batsmen though. But his wicket-keeping is and has always been sub-standard.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Meaningless Stats, most of them! I mean, you can practically make every century, half century, 5 wicket haul, and practically every match statistically significant by applying so many filters!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Australia do have some batting alternatives - Bailey, Robson and Voges all come to mind - but haven't been selected, but whether they would be any better than those who have been playing is debatable. What is clear to me is an obvious lack of team unity among the Australian players. Both Watson and Haddin have shown both arrogance and indifference to fellow teammates, and there are clearly issues between them and Clarke. If it were me (I'm an England supporter) neither would be in the side (Faulkner and Wade come in) and I would have picked a reliable and experienced batsman to help Rogers back into international cricket, ie Simon Katich. As it is even I'm beginning to think a 5-0 whitewash is not out of the question which is great but tinged with the knowledge that it would be kicking a side that is already down...

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

It is not that England is playing some great cricket . It is only that the opponent is playing so poorly that England is made to appear great . Let England show their mettle in SA against the likes of Steyn , Philander and Morkel , when their real status will be revealed . I cant , however , digest that the Australians are presenting the Ashes on a platter to England without even a semblance of fight . No matter who coaches Australia, but the degeneration is now complete and it will require great effort for Australia to get into the main stream again.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Isn't it too early to talk about next captain for England? Cook is doing a wonderful job and he has a lot of cricket left in him. At this time, there are only few cricketers around the world who can match him in test cricket. Root still has to establish himself in team properly.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

3more such results to come. I can't see anyone except clarke scoring a ton for Australia in the next 3tests too. Hughes and Cowan are almost walking wickets. They are simply not test material. The problem with the team is that they do not have better batsmen in the domestic circuit also. Times will change only when new faces arise in the domestic level. Till then Australia will struggle overseas against all teams except Newzealand and Windies

Posted by   on (July 21, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

great stats ,England on a run

Posted by aracer on (July 21, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

I think that's the first mention I've seen of Root as future England captain - surely everybody is thinking it, is it something you're trying to play down to avoid over-hyping him?

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