• It was the 1554th Test in cricket history.

  • It was Australia's 617th and England's 784th match and the 299th between these two sides. The record now reads : Australia 120, England 93, drawn 86.
  • Umpires John Hampshire and S Venkataraghavan were officiating in their 17th and 46th match respectively, while Talat Ali was officiating as ICC match referee for the eighth time.
  • It was the 20th Test between these two sides on the Trent Bridge ground. Australia has won 7 and lost only three. 10 matches were drawn. Australia had last lost a match on this ground back in August 1977.
  • Alex Tudor was making a comeback into the English side after two years. His last appearance was against New Zealand at Birmingham in July 1999.
  • The wicket of Robert Croft in the first innings was the 100th for Shane Warne against England. He became the 11th Australian and 16th bowler overall to achieve this feat. At the end of this match, Warne has a tally of 106 wickets from 21 games against England. The following table lists the leading wicket takers against England in Test cricket:
  • Wkts

    Bowler

    For

    Mts

    Balls

    Runs

    Ave

    Best

    SR

    ER

    5WI

    10WM

    167

    DK Lillee

    Aus

    29

    8516

    3507

    21.00

    7/89

    50.99

    41.18

    11

    4

    164

    CEL Ambrose

    WI

    34

    8284

    3082

    18.79

    8/45

    50.51

    37.20

    8

    2

    145

    CA Walsh

    WI

    36

    8818

    3683

    25.40

    6/74

    60.81

    41.77

    5

    1

    141

    H Trumble

    Aus

    31

    7895

    2945

    20.89

    8/65

    55.99

    37.30

    9

    3

    127

    MD Marshall

    WI

    26

    5790

    2436

    19.18

    7/22

    45.59

    42.07

    6

    1

    115

    MA Noble

    Aus

    39

    6895

    2860

    24.87

    7/17

    59.96

    41.48

    9

    2

    114

    RR Lindwall

    Aus

    29

    6728

    2559

    22.45

    7/63

    59.02

    38.04

    6

    0

    106

    CV Grimmett

    Aus

    22

    9164

    3439

    32.44

    6/37

    86.45

    37.53

    11

    2

    106

    SK Warne

    Aus

    21

    6365

    2357

    22.24

    8/71

    60.05

    37.03

    6

    1

    103

    G Giffen

    Aus

    31

    6391

    2791

    27.10

    7/117

    62.05

    43.67

    7

    1

    102

    WJ O'Reilly

    Aus

    19

    7864

    2587

    25.36

    7/54

    77.10

    32.90

    8

    3

    102

    GstA Sobers

    WI

    36

    8771

    3323

    32.58

    5/41

    85.99

    37.89

    3

    0

    101

    CTB Turner

    Aus

    17

    5179

    1670

    16.53

    7/43

    51.28

    32.25

    11

    2

    100

    TM Alderman

    Aus

    17

    4717

    2117

    21.17

    6/47

    47.17

    44.88

    11

    1

    100

    LR Gibbs

    WI

    26

    8841

    2889

    28.89

    6/39

    88.41

    32.68

    7

    2

    100

    JR Thomson

    Aus

    21

    4951

    2418

    24.18

    6/46

    49.51

    48.84

    5

    0

    • Mike Atherton, at the end of this match, has an aggregate of 7676 runs from 113 matches which takes him ahead of Colin Cowdrey who had an aggregate of 7624 runs from 114 matches. Now only Graham Gooch (8900 runs from 118 matches), David Gower (8231 from 117) and Geoff Boycott (8114 from 108) are ahead of Atherton for England.

  • The wicket of Andrew Caddick in the second innings was the 100th for Jason Gillespie in his 24th match. He became the 29th Australian and 121st bowler overall to do so.
  • When Mark Ramprakash was stumped by Gilchrist in second innings, it was the 19th time Shane Warne got a wicket in this fashion. With this he moved ahead of India's Vinoo Mankad and Bishen Singh Bedi and Australia's Ashley Mallett who each had 18 such dismissals against their name. Now only Clarrie Grimmett (28) and India's Subhash Gupte (20) are ahead of Warne.
  • When Mike Atherton was dismissed by McGrath in the first innings, it was the 20th occasion Atherton was getting out without opening his account. He thus joined seven other batsmen who have suffered the ignominy of recording 20 or more ducks in a career. They are: West Indian Courtney Walsh (43 ducks), Curtley Ambrose (26), Australian Shane Warne (24), New Zealander Danny Morrison (24), India's Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (23), Australia's Glenn McGrath (22) and India's Bishen Singh Bedi (20).
  • Brett Lee has now played in 10 matches without being on the losing side even once. He has now equalled West Indian Eldine Baptiste's record in this category of statistics. The following tables have the details :
  • Highest Percentage of Winning matches : (Min.Qualification : 10 matches)

    Player

    For

    Mts

    Won

    Lost

    D/T

    %wins

    EAE Baptiste

    WI

    10

    10

    0

    0

    100.00

    B Lee

    Aus

    10

    10

    0

    0

    100.00

    AC Gilchrist

    Aus

    20

    18

    2

    0

    90.00

    GA Lohmann

    Eng

    18

    15

    3

    0

    83.33

    SJE Loxton

    Aus

    12

    10

    0

    2

    83.33

    EJ Smith

    Eng

    11

    9

    0

    2

    81.82

    CE Pellew

    Aus

    10

    8

    0

    2

    80.00

    SG Barnes

    Aus

    13

    10

    1

    2

    76.92

    ERH Toshack

    Aus

    12

    9

    0

    3

    75.00

    FR Foster

    Eng

    11

    8

    1

    2

    72.73

    WW Reid

    Eng

    18

    13

    3

    2

    72.22

    D Tallon

    Aus

    21

    15

    1

    5

    71.43

    CL McCool

    Aus

    14

    10

    0

    4

    71.43

    AG Fairfax

    Aus

    10

    7

    2

    1

    70.00

    Highest Percentage of Undefeated Matches (Min.Qualification : 10 matches)

    Player

    For

    Mts

    Won

    Lost

    D/T

    W+D

    %undef

    EAE Baptiste

    WI

    10

    10

    0

    0

    10

    100.00

    B Lee

    Aus

    10

    10

    0

    0

    10

    100.00

    SJE Loxton

    Aus

    12

    10

    0

    2

    12

    100.00

    EJ Smith

    Eng

    11

    9

    0

    2

    11

    100.00

    CE Pellew

    Aus

    10

    8

    0

    2

    10

    100.00

    ERH Toshack

    Aus

    12

    9

    0

    3

    12

    100.00

    CL McCool

    Aus

    14

    10

    0

    4

    14

    100.00

    EA McDonald

    Aus

    11

    7

    0

    4

    11

    100.00

    RK Chauhan

    Ind

    21

    12

    0

    9

    21

    100.00

    WW Daniel

    WI

    10

    5

    0

    5

    10

    100.00

    RH Spooner

    Eng

    10

    5

    0

    5

    10

    100.00

    • Alec Stewart has now appeared in 47 `lost' matchesmaximum by any player in Test cricket history. He was earlier at level with Australia's Allan Border. The details :

    Player

    For

    Mts

    Won

    Lost

    D/T

    %loss

    AJ Stewart

    Eng

    113

    30

    47

    36

    41.59

    AR Boder

    Aus

    156

    50

    46

    60

    29.49

    MA Atherton

    Eng

    113

    30

    43

    40

    38.05

    CA Walsh

    WI

    132

    52

    43

    37

    32.58

    GA Gooch

    Eng

    118

    32

    42

    44

    35.59

    DI Gower

    Eng

    117

    32

    42

    43

    35.90

    A Ranatunga

    SL

    93

    17

    35

    41

    37.63

    • Australia has now played in 21 consecutive result matches winning 19 and losing two. It is now only one short of equalling England's all time record of 22 consecutive matches without a draw between 1884-85 and 1891-92 with 17 wins and five losses.

  • The defeat was Mike Atherton's 21st in 54 matches. Only Allan Border has lost more matches (22) than Atherton.
  • The win was Steve Waugh's 20th in 27 matches. He became the eighth captain to win 20 or more matches after West Indian Clive Lloyd (36 wins in 74 matches), Australian Allan Border (32 in 93), South African Hansie Cronje (27 in 53), Viv Richards (27 in 50), Australian Mark Taylor (26 in 50), Greg Chappell (21 in 48) and Englishman Peter May (20 in 41).
  • The victory in this match also sealed the series in Australia's favour. Australia has now won seven Ashes series in a row. The last occasion Australia lost a series to England was back in 1986-87 when England defeated Australia on latter's soil by a 2-1 margin.
  • Shane Warne was winning his ninth Man of the Match award - his third against England. He had last won an award way back in 1997-98 against South Africa in Sydney.