Ashes Stats: Pat Cummins reaches a home century as James Anderson matches Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting | Cricket News

Benedetto Bermange

Cricket statistician

Australia dominated the first day of Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after asking England to beat first; Sky Cricket stats man Benedict Bermange has all the key numbers after day one of the third test at MCG, with Pat Cummins, James Anderson and Joe Root

Last updated: 26/12/21 10:14

Pat Cummins took his 100th test wicket on home soil to spin the ball for Australia at MCG

Pat Cummins took his 100th test wicket on home soil to spin the ball for Australia at MCG

Sky Cricket number one Benedict Bermange has all the key stats after Australia turned their tide on another tough day for England in this Ashes series …

Australia won the draw and chose to field. They had chosen to beat in each of the last 19 home trials in which they had won the draw.

James Anderson is playing his 168th test, putting him tied for second place on the list of most capped test cricketers:

Test cricketers with the most appearances

Player Squad Test
Sachin Tendulkar India 200
Steve Waugh Australia 168
Ricky Ponting Australia 168
James Anderson England 168
Jacques Kallis South Africa 166

Pat Cummins’ sacking of Haseeb Hameed was his 100th test wicket in Australia, the 20th bowler to catch so many.

Scott Boland, 32, became the oldest Australian specialist to debut in fast bowling tests since Geoff Noblet, who played his first test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in March 1950, when he was 33 years and 170 days old.

Joe Root started the test with a batting average of 50.01587. He was fired for exactly 50, which means his average dropped to 50.01578.

Joe Root saw his batting average drop by 0.00009 after being sacked 50 on his first day in Melbourne

Joe Root saw his batting average drop by 0.00009 after being sacked 50 on his first day in Melbourne

It was his ninth score of at least 50 in Australia without a century, which equaled Bruce Laird’s record. He is still two less than 50 years old from any player in a visiting country without converting any in a century:

Most of the fifties without a hundred in a visiting country

Player Squad In 1950s
Javed Miandad Pakistan India 11
Joe Root England Australia 9
MS Dhoni India England 8
Tom Hayward England Australia 8
Nasser Hussain England Australia 8
Monty Noble Australia England 8

When he reached 27 points in his innings, he set a new record for the most points by a test captain in a calendar year, surpassing Graeme Smith’s 1656 points for South Africa in 2008. However, Root needs 109. points in his second inning to break Mohammad Yousuf’s all-time record of 1788 runs at Test cricket in a calendar year, set in 2006.

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