Ashes Stats: Joe Root breaks 50s record as captain; James Anderson reaches 100 unbeaten innings | Cricket News

Benedetto Bermange

Cricket statistician

Australia reached the stocks on the third day at 45-1, with a lead of 282; Joe Root scored 62 as England were eliminated 236 in their innings, while James Anderson did not finish for the 100th time in Test cricket

Last updated: 18/12/21 13:43

Joe Root and Dawid Malan offered some temporary British optimism on disappointing third day in Adelaide

Joe Root and Dawid Malan offered some temporary British optimism on disappointing third day in Adelaide

Australia may continue to dominate the second Ashes Test, but Sky Cricket number one Benedict Bermange has all the key stats on some British benchmarks achieved on day three in Adelaide.

Captain Joe Root was England’s second top scorer in their innings, scoring 62 and participating in a 138-point partnership with Dawid Malan before seeing his team eliminated by 236.

Root’s 62nd was his 37th half-century as captain, beating Sir Alastair Cook’s previous UK record of 36, while his 11th score of at least 50 as captain against Australia beats Peter May’s record by 10.

England are facing a difficult task in the next couple of days to avoid losing 2-0 in the five-test series

England are facing a difficult task in the next couple of days to avoid losing 2-0 in the five-test series

It was the eighth time he reached fifty in Australia and he couldn’t convert it in a century. Only Bruce Laird (nine times) has reached another fifty times in testing in Australia without ever managing to reach the three figures.

Australia didn’t lose a single hold in the first test, but Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith managed to knock Ollie Robinson off the same ball from Cameron Green’s bowling alley.

When Starc fired Stuart Broad, he became the first player to take 50 wickets in the day / night test match.

Most wickets in day / night test matches

First name Squad Wicket Average
Mitchell Starc Australia 50 18.1
Josh Hazlewood Australia 32 19.9
Nathan Lyon Australia 32 26.65

In England’s first innings, James Anderson became the first player not to be eliminated in 100 test innings. Anderson is considerably ahead of closest challenger Courtney Walsh, who went undefeated 61 times in testing. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan was undefeated 56 times, one ahead of Britain’s Bob Willis.

Michael Neser was promoted to night watchman following his heroic deeds in the first inning, becoming the first Australian rookie to be a night watchman since Phil Emery in his only Lahore test appearance in 1994.

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