How many times has a player made his highest score with bat and taken his best figures with the ball in the same Test, as Joe Root has done this Test?
Imagine it happens on test debut pretty much all the time.
Interesting one is that Lords is only the second test ever where all 4 openers have been out LBW in the first innings. Staggering, really.
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Two complete Tests in a home Ashes series and not a single rain break. Got to be a record, right?
I just read that Australia's top four batsmen have averaged 19.06 so far this series. To put that in perspective, the final four batsmen are doing a better job, averaging 20.07
**** all to do with stats, but Sky are showing day 2 of the 1994/95 Sydney Test and it got me wondering - when and why did England stop wearing the MCC colours on tour?
In the last 6 Ashes Tests, Australia have scored more runs in our second innings compared to our first innings each time.
But here is a more unbelievable stat: In matches where we've completed both of our innings, the last time Australia has scored more runs in our first innings over our second innings against England goes way back to the second Test at Edgbaston 21 Tests ago!
Were there any tests in 2006/7 where you completed both innings?
I imagine "scoring fewer runs in the first innings than the second" correlates pretty highly with losing.
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Thinking about it I'm not sure "ease off a little" is going to be a bad thing all the time. If you're defending 600 in the 4th innings then you're going to be well on board with the opposition scoring 400, so maybe you adjust your strategy accordingly. I think there's a little truth to that.
Get a big lead, set attacking fields and get 10 wickets. Runs don't matter in that situation as much as batting time does. If your opposition can't bat out the game for a draw because they aren't good enough with a big lead there's cheap runs to be made. There is pressure batting last but it's not run scoring pressure.
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