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Stats - A dream start for captain Cummins, a nightmare for Burns

Joe Root is one short of Don Bradman's unwanted record as an Ashes captain

Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Haseeb Hameed  •  Getty Images

Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Haseeb Hameed  •  Getty Images

2 - Pat Cummins became only the second Australian to claim a five-wicket haul on captaincy debut in men's Tests. George Giffen picked up 6 for 155 in England's second innings in his maiden Test as captain in 1894 in Melbourne. Overall, Cummins is the 14th player to bag a five-for on men's Test captaincy debut and first since Rashid Khan in 2019, who had five-fors in both innings against Bangladesh.
1982 - Cummins is the first captain to claim a five-wicket haul in the men's Ashes since 1982 when Bob Willis had 5 for 66 at the Gabba against the hosts. Cummins is also the first Australian skipper with a five-for in the Ashes since Richie Benaud's six-wicket haul in 1962, also at the Gabba.
2 - Instances of a wicket falling on the very first ball of a men's Ashes Test series (where data is available), including Mitchell Starc castling Rory Burns on Wednesday. The other occasion was back in 1936 at the Gabba, when England opener Stan Worthington was dismissed caught behind off the bowling of Ernie McCormick.
6 - Number of times England have lost a wicket on the first ball of a Test (where data is available). Before Burns, Andrew Strauss was the last batter to be dismissed on the first ball of a Test, caught off Dale Steyn in 2010 in Johannesburg.
147 England's total in their first innings in Brisbane. It is the fifth-lowest all-out total for England in the very first innings of a Test series in the last 100 years (excluding one-off Tests). Only once they bagged a lower total after electing to bat in this period - 134 against Australia in 1958 in Brisbane.
3 - All-out totals lower than England's 147 in the first innings of an Ashes series in the past 100 years. Australia were bowled out for 116 at the Gabba in 1968 and 118 at Edgbaston in 1997, while England posted only 134 at the Gabba in 1958.
7 - Number of all-out totals of less than 150 for England in Tests this year. Only two teams got all out under 150 more often in a calendar year - Australia in 1888 and West Indies in 2000, both eight times.
6 - Number of ducks for Burns in Tests in 2021, the most for an opening batter in a calendar year. Pankaj Roy (in 1952) and Michael Atherton (in 1998) had five ducks each. Burns is also the only player with more than five Test ducks in a calendar year while batting in the top seven.
4 - Ducks as a captain for Joe Root in the Ashes, the joint-most for England alongside Mike Brearley. Don Bradman, with five ducks, holds the unwanted record for most ducks as a captain in the Ashes. Two more Australian captains - Joe Darling and Ian Chappell - also have four ducks in the Ashes.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo