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Stats Analysis

Stats - England bring out the best in Jermaine Blackwood and West Indies

Blackwood's average, Holder's wins as captains and other statistical highlights from the first Test

Bharath Seervi
Jermaine Blackwood in action, England v West Indies, 1st Test, 5th day, Southampton, July 12, 2020

Jermaine Blackwood in action  •  Getty Images

5-4 - West Indies' win record against England in Tests since 2015. Against all other teams, they have won only seven Tests in 34 matches combined. They have a 50% win record against England and just 20.59% against other teams. Jason Holder has won four of his six Tests as captain against England.
2 - Instances of a team successfully chasing targets of 100-plus with their top-four not reaching double-figures. West Indies' top-four scored 4, 8*, 9 and 0 in their chase of 200 in Southampton. The only other instance happened in 1902 when England chased 263 against Australia at The Oval. West Indies' No. 5 to 7 scored 152 in the chase, which is their fourth-highest in a successful chase.
55.00 - Jermaine Blackwood's average against England in seven Tests. Only five West Indies batsmen have scored 500-plus runs at a better average than Blackwood against England. He has scored 605 in 14 innings with a century and three fifties. Against all the other teams combined, he has averaged just 24 in 22 Tests. He has faced an average of 68.42 balls per innings against England compared to just 41.24 against other teams. He averages 42 in England, his best in any country.
5 - Number of consecutive Test series (two or more matches) in which England have lost the first match. Since 2019, they lost the first Test in Bridgetown, then the first Test of home Ashes at Edgbaston, first Test at Mount Maunganui and in Centurion before the defeat in the first Test of this series. In fact, England have lost the first Test in eight of their last 10 multi-match series.
9 - Number of umpire decisions that were overturned by the use of the DRS in this Test. West Indies overturned seven of them, out of the 14 times they appealed for the DRS. England were successful only twice in eight attempts. Five of Richard Illingworth's decisions were overturned and four of Richard Kettleborough's. Both were challenged by the DRS 11 times each.
Jermaine Blackwood's Test career
Opposition Mat Inns Runs Ave 100s/50s
 England  7  14  605  55.00  1/3
 Other teams  22  37  864  24.00  0/8
 Overall career  29  51  1469  31.25  1/11
23.16 - West Indies' pacers' bowling average in this Test, picking up 18 wickets. The home team's pacers took just 14 wickets at 29.14. West Indies' quicks struck every 50 balls while England's took about 59 balls. West Indies' fast bowlers bowled 41 maiden overs out of their 150.5 overs while England's could manage only 28 maidens in 137.2 overs.
3 - Number of Man of the Match awards for Shanon Gabriel in Tests, all coming since 2017. Jason Holder is the only other West Indies player to win as many Match awards in this period.
3 - The opposition captains - Holder and Ben Stokes - dismissed each other three times in this Test. It was the first such instance in Test history. Holder got Stokes twice and Stokes dismissed Holder once.
64 - Number of Tests taken by Stokes to complete the double of 4000-plus runs and 150-plus wickets in Tests - the second-fewest among six all-rounders in this bracket. Garry Sobers, who did it in 63 Tests, is the quickest. Stokes' compatriot, Ian Botham, took 69 Tests to complete the same.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo @SeerviBharath