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