Ashes Stats: Joe Root breaks run record for England captains and Ricky Ponting’s happy birthdays | Cricket news
Australia are closing in on victory in the second Ashes Test and Sky Cricket statistician Benedict Bermange has all the key stats on a few English benchmarks – not all positive – reached on Matchday 4 in Adelaide…
Ricky Ponting celebrated his 47th birthday today. Perhaps rightly so, he’s the only player to celebrate his victory in a test on his birthday up to three times.
Australia clearly had no faith in Nathan Lyon’s stick in this test, twice declaring nine wickets without letting him enter the crease. The only other No.11 to endure the same indignity without being injured was New Zealander Chris Martin against Australia in Perth in 2001.
Seven different English bowlers took wickets in this test, the most for them in a single test since the Cape Town test of January 1965. On this occasion, eight different English bowlers took at least one wicket, tying the overall test record. which they established against New Zealand in Christchurch in March 1951.
England’s 468 goal would be the most successful chase in Test history. There have only been four successful round four chases of at least 400 in testing history:
A fourth successful round chasing more than 400
|418-7||West Indies||Australia||St. John’s||2003|
|406-4||India||West Indies||Port of spain||1976|
England’s first players have now been sacked for 13 ducks in 2021, by far the most suffered by a team in a calendar year:
Ducks by the test match openers
When he hit 10 in his second round, Joe Root surpassed Alastair Cook’s England record of 4,844 points as team captain:
Most races as England test captain