We take a look at some of the key statistics from the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
228 – Combined total of Australia's two 10th-wicket partnerships. It was Ashton Agar's 163-run last wicket stand with Phil Hughes that kept the Aussies in the match, then James Pattinson's 65-run stand with Brad Haddin that gave the Aussies a sniff of victory. But as heroic and thrilling as they were, the simple fact is that these sorts of partnerships are needed at the top of the order if the Aussies are going to reverse the result from Trent Bridge. The 228 runs scored by the two 10th wicket partnerships clearly shattered the previous record, also held by Australia, of 189 runs in the first Ashes Test at the SCG in 1924/25.
62 – Tests between Chris Rogers' first and second appearances in the Baggy Green. It may have been a long time coming, but Rogers looks like the man for the job. He is cool under pressure, has the right technique for English conditions and provides the perfect foil for Shane Watson, who also looked much more comfortable in his return as an opener.
49 – The number of wickets Jimmy Anderson has now taken in Test matches at Trent Bridge. That gives him the record for the most wickets taken at the ground, and the Australians had no answer to his accuracy, swing – both conventional and reverse – and consistency. In the end, his bowling was the difference between the two teams. There were concerns before the series over how the Aussies would handle Anderson: based on what we saw at Trent Bridge those concerns were thoroughly justified.
17 – Test matches in history that have been decided by 14 runs or less. Of those 17, Australia has been on the losing side of the ledger 11 times. What is important is how the Aussies treat the close loss from here. Does it galvanise the team and harden their resolve for the rest of the series? Or does the loss create doubts? We tend to think it should prove a bonding experience that will help the team, but it didn't quite work that way after the two-run loss at Edgbaston in 2005.
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15 – Partnerships of four runs or fewer. Which just goes to show that it was one of those pitches where things might look OK during a partnership, but the fall of a wicket was always likely to produce several more. Australia's collapse on the second morning was the prime example, but the smaller wobble late on the penultimate day was even more telling.
15 – The number of runs off Steve Finn’s first over on the last morning. A further nine came off his second. If only Cook had kept him on for even one more over, we might just have got there.
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13 – The number of spinners Australia has chosen since 2007. Hopefully, Ashton Agar's extraordinary debut performance might put an end to that revolving door for a while, but it's too early to get carried away – let's not forget there was a tweaker called Jason Krejza who took 12 wickets on debut not that long ago, and who has hardly been seen since. Agar's batting was a revelation: his freewheeling 98 was astonishing, but his second innings was no less laudable, as he showed a completely different aspect to his game and withstood 71 deliveries with poise and common sense.
But in the longer term it will be his bowling upon which his fate will rest. And that, too, showed plenty of promise – nice loop, good overspin, good control. He got a couple of wickets, including the highly prized scalp of Cook, and he also dismissed Stuart Broad (cough, cough). So there's plenty to work with – we just have to ensure he's not broken by the weight of public expectation. He still needs to be given time to develop.
9 – The number of times the Australians went to the DRS for reviews. Only two were successful. That hurts. England, on the other hand, reviewed four decisions and were successful three times – a much more palatable (for them) strike rate.
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5 – The number of Test matches Australia has now lost in a row. But unlike the first four, all in India, there was much to admire in this performance. Those who thought the tourists would be uncompetitive during this Ashes series might need to think again.
1.81 – England's scoring rate after 44 overs of the second innings. England won because it was prepared to grind. The match was not won through the dazzling swing bowling on day one, the umpiring bloopers, or even the unforgettable Double-A battery on day two. It was won on day three when the home side ground out 246 runs for the loss of just four wickets. Alastair Cook made his slowest half-century, Kevin Pietersen was uncommonly responsible, and Ian Bell was occasionally glacial, but they ground Australia down as effectively as a mill.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 15 July, 2013 3:09PM AEDT