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Benedetto Bermange

Cricket statistician

Marnus Labuschagne (103) scored for Australia with the hosts scoring 473-9 in Adelaide before declaring, with David Warner (95) and Steve Smith (93) also impressive; England 17-2 in response when play was suspended due to lightning

Last updated: 17/12/21 14:19

Steve Smith scored 93 before being trapped LBW by James Anderson

Steve Smith scored 93 before being trapped LBW by James Anderson

After Australia took control of the second Ashes Test, Sky Cricket number cruncher Benedict Bermange has all the key stats from day two in Adelaide.

Marnus Labuschagne reached his first century of 287-ball ashes, the slowest century of testing for Australia since Jason Gillespie took 296 balls to get there on his undefeated 201 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in April 2006.

Steve Smith scored his first “five” with the 13,893 ball of his testing career. Hashim Amla and Younis Khan have scored six “fives” each in their testing careers, more than anyone else.

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England need a ‘massive’ third day if they are to save second Ashes Test against Australia, says former trailblazer Nick Knight

England need a ‘massive’ third day if they are to save second Ashes Test against Australia, says former trailblazer Nick Knight

The last time two Australians scored in the 1990s in the same test innings was against India in Mohali in March 2013. On that occasion, the two hitters were Smith (92) and Mitchell Starc (99). The only previous occasion that had occurred at Ashes cricket was in Brisbane in 2006, when Paul Collingwood made 96 and Kevin Pietersen 92.

Michael Neser’s strike rate in his innings of 35 was the highest of anyone in the first innings of their test debut who faced at least 20 deliveries.

Best strike rate per novice (minimum 20 deliveries)

SR Point First name Squad Versus Season
145.83 35 MG Neser Australia England 2021/22
133.33 28 * FAW Freer Australia England 1946/47
125.71 88 L Ronchi New Zeland England 2015
120 30 V Yadav India Zimbabwe 1992/93

Joe Root won his twelfth wicket test of the year. No one has ever scored more points and taken more wickets in the same calendar year than the current Root counts of 1,544 and 12 respectively.

Root’s closest rival is Virender Sehwag, who scored 1,462 points and took 15 wickets in 14 tests for India in 2008.

Only two other players have scored at least 1,000 points and taken at least 10 wickets while captains of their teams in a calendar year at Test cricket: Australia’s Bobby Simpson in 1964 and Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews in 2014.

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