Stats Analysis

Australia suffer their worst losing streak in ODIs

The 19 runs scored by Australia in the first Powerplay was their fewest in an ODI at home

Andile Phehlukwayo picked up three of Australia's middle order, Australia v South Africa, 1st ODI, Perth, November 4, 2018

Andile Phehlukwayo picked up three of Australia's middle order  •  Getty Images

7 - Consecutive losses for Australia in ODIs - their worst streak ever, beating their six successive losses between September 7 and November 3, 1996. The current streak started against England at the Perth Stadium earlier this year. Australia lost five games to England in England and now have one loss against South Africa.
3 - Bowlers to have got to 150 ODI wickets in fewer matches than Imran Tahir. He equals the South Africa record of 87 matches to the milestone. Allan Donald and Morne Morkel also reached this mark in 87 matches. Saqlain Mushtaq (78 matches), Brett Lee (82) and Ajanta Mendis (84) are the bowlers who reached there quicker.
8 - Wins for South Africa in Perth. This city has been a happy hunting ground for South Africa; they've lost just two games across formats here.
124 - Balls remaining for South Africa when they achieved their target - their fourth-largest victory against Australia in terms of balls remaining. Incidentally, three of the top four games have taken place in Perth.
1 - Number of totals smaller than the 152 that Australia scored here, while batting first. This is Australia's fifth-lowest first-innings score at home.
19 - Runs scored by Australia in the first Powerplay - the lowest at home and the second lowest since 2001 while batting first. The previous lowest was when they had scored 15 runs against England in 2012. This was also the first instance in which Australia did not score a boundary in the first 10 overs while batting first and third instance overall since 2001.
5 - Matches in which Mitchell Starc has not taken the new ball for Australia. The previous such instance was in 2014 in Zimbabwe, and this is the first instance at home since 2012.
10 - Losses for Australia in 2018 from 11 matches - the worst year for Australia in ODIs. Even if they win the next two matches, this will still be the worst year for them. In their last 21 ODIs, Australia have won only two matches.

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo