England v Australia, 1st Investec Ashes Test, Cardiff, 3rd day July 10, 2015

Root's stellar run, Anderson on the rise

Statistical highlights from the third day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff

Ian Bell and Joe Root were both dismissed in the same manner - bowled - for exactly 60 runs of 89 balls © Getty Images

1 Instances in Test history of Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 being dismissed in the 30s during the same innings. This happened for the first time during Australia's first innings when Steven Smith (33), Michael Clarke (38), Adam Voges (31) and Shane Watson (30) were all dismissed.

2 Number of instances in the last 22 years of an England batsman making a hundred and a fifty during an Ashes Test at home - Joe Root during this Test (134 and 60) and Ian Bell (109 and 74) at Lord's in 2013.

32 Balls faced by Bell for the first 31 runs of his innings. He needed 57 balls for his next 29 runs. Bell was bowled by Mitchell Johnson for 60 off 89 balls. Incidentally, Root was also bowled, by Josh Hazlewood, after scoring 60 runs off 89 balls.

406 Number of Test wickets taken by James Anderson. He overtook Curtly Ambrose (405) to go to 11th on the all-time list of highest wicket-takers in Tests.

1 Number of times England have lost an Ashes Test at home after gaining a lead of 100-plus runs in the first innings. This happened at Old Trafford in 1961. England have a first-innings lead of 122 in this Test.

7 Number of times Anderson has dismissed Brad Haddin in Test matches, more than any other bowler. Stuart Broad, Makhaya Ntini and Graeme Swann have dismissed him six times each.

56.06 Joe Root's batting average, the sixth-highest for any England batsman scoring at least 2000 Test runs. Root has made 12 scores of 50 or more during his last 18 innings.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor

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