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Lord's by numbers

UPDATED 22 July, 2013 2:56PM AEST | by Ben Hocking

We take a look at some of the key statistics from the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

6 - Consecutive test matches Australia has lost.

The Aussies are now staring down the barrel of equalling the country's worst ever losing streak, set nearly 130 years ago, if they drop the third Test in Manchester.

Worse still is the fact that the Aussies have only ever won one Ashes series when trailing 2-0 after the first two Tests and that may have had something to do with the fact we had a bloke called Don Bradman in the side.

15 - Minutes the first day's play was delayed by the queen's visit.

It didn't have any real effect on the match, but she disappeared pretty quickly when England slumped to 3-28 inside the first seven overs. To be fair she was probably just trying to get away from former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and stories about his famous spin bowling.

The Poms also lost three quick wickets in their second innings and this match was only the third time in history that England had been three wickets down for 30 runs or less in both innings and still gone on to win the match. The last time they achieved the feat was against the West Indies in Bridgetown in 1935.

24 – Times Shane Watson has been given out LBW in 77 Test innings.

Changing Watson's batting technique has to become one of Darren Lehmann's top priorities. The opener's penchant for planting his front leg down the wicket presents bowlers with a huge target, which is proving all too easy to hit.

He has already been given out LBW three times out of four so far this series, and being dismissed in that mode 31.16 per cent of the time makes him the worst LBW victim among batsmen with 70 Test dismissals or more.

1 – Players with the initials UK to have played a Test in the UK.

Usman Khawaja's return to Test cricket may have been otherwise fairly unremarkable, but he at least showed enough on the final day to justify another chance as Australia's No.3.

Going into the series with the No.3 position yet to be locked down was always going to spell trouble, but Khawaja showed a very good technique against Graeme Swann, despite eventually falling to him after facing 133 balls and batting for 174 minutes.

5 – English batsmen to have scored three centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests.

Ian Bell joined Jack Hobbs (who achieved the feat twice), Wally Hammond, Chris Broad and Bob Woolmer when he brought up yet another ton.

He is proving quite the thorn in Australia's side and while Joe Root rightly takes the plaudits for his massive ton, it was Bell's 109 in the first innings that really set the game up for the English. In his last 10 innings against Australia he has scored 646 runs at an average of 71.77.

497 – Runs added by Australia's 10th-wicket partnerships this year.

The malaise at the top of the Australian batting order is perhaps best displayed by the fact that the last wicket partnerships this year are the most productive.

The 10th-wicket partnerships have averaged 45.18 runs this year, which is better than any other partnership, the next best is the opening partnership, which averages 37.78.

The final wicket stand also holds the record for the biggest stand this year with last Test's 163-run stand between Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes still the best partnership Australia has managed all year. 

130 – Runs scored by Ashton Agar so far this series.

His second Test was definitely a lot less memorable than his first, having little impact with the ball as his action appeared somewhat restricted by a hip injury.

But Ashton Agar is still Australia's leading run scorer this series, despite scoring just two and 16 runs in his two at-bats this series. Only two other batsmen have crept into triple figures at this stage, Shane Watson (109) and Michael Clarke (102).

247 – Balls it took Joe Root to bring up his century.

Aside from the fact that the Aussies let a good chance go begging when Root edged a catch between Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke when he had made just eight runs, Root showed nous belying his tender age of 22 to adapt his innings to the situation.

He was compact and defensive when the first three wickets had fallen cheaply, leaving any balls he didn't need to play. He slowly ground out some runs, but resisted the urge to get expansive until after he had brought up his century and had batted Australia out of the game.

Then, once the game was safe, he showed he had the full range of shots, pulling balls for six and sweeping with abandon against Australia's tired spinners. After scoring his century he scored the next 77 runs off just 93 balls.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 22 July, 2013 11:26AM AEST

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