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The Ashes 2017-18: Statistical Highlights – 1st Test

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Australia clinched a comfortable victory in the first game of 2017/18 Ashes clash at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba (Brisbane).

England decided to bat first after winning the toss. They made 302 runs in their first innings which was replied by Australia with 328 runs. At the end of first innings fights, Australia took 26 runs lead over England.

England was bowled out for just 195 runs in their second innings and gave a 170 runs target to victory for Australia. Australia easily reached the target without losing any wickets (173/0).

Australia won this match by 10 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the 5-match Ashes series.

Brief Scores: England – 302 (James Vince 83, Dawid Malan 56, Mitchell Starc 3/77) & 195 (Joe Root 51, Jonny Bairstow 42, Josh Hazlewood 3/46)

Australia – 328 (Steven Smith 141*, Shaun Marsh 51, Stuart Broad 3/49) & 173/0 (David Warner 87*, Cameron Bancroft 82*)

Result – Australia won by 10 wickets

Here are some important statistical highlights of the 1st Test:

  1. Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine made a Test comeback after 78 Test matches. It is the joint most no.of matches missed by an Australian player in Test cricket history. Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg had also missed 78 Test matches before making a Test comeback.

 

  1. During Australia’s first innings, Australian skipper Steven Smith completed his century in 261 balls. Since 1993, it is the slowest century for Australia in an Ashes Test.
Ricky Ponting, Ashes 2017-18, Steven Smith, Brisbane, Hundred,
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  1. During their first innings, Australian captain Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 141 runs. In the Ashes history, it is the third highest knock by a skipper at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). The top three innings on this list are given below:

Top three knocks in the Ashes history by a skipper at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Name (Team) Runs scored Year
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 196 2006
Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) 187 1946
Steven Smith (Australia) 141* 2017

 

 

  1. During England’s second innings, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow scored 42 runs. Since 1970, it is the highest individual knock by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at this ground (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane).
Ashes 2017-18, Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Brisbane Test, Head-butt, Jonny Bairstow, Australia Vs England,
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On the other hand, it was the third highest individual knock by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the top three list:

Top individual knocks by an English wicketkeeper-batsman at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Player Runs scored Year
Alan Knott 73 1970
Jim Parks 52 1965
Jonny Bairstow 42 2017

 

 

5. Australia successfully chased the target of 170 runs without losing any wickets (173/0). In the Ashes history, it is the joint second highest successful chase at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the list:

Highest successful chases at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane in the Ashes history

Team Score Target Year
Australia 190/3 188 1982
England 170/3 170 1978
Australia 173/0 170 2017

 

 

  1. Australia won this Test match by 10 wickets. It is the sixth time in Ashes history when Australia won by 10 wickets.

Also, it is the second time in Ashes history when Australia won by 10 wickets at this venue (Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane). Here is the list when Australia won by 10 wickets in the Ashes history:

Australia’s winning margin Venue Year
10 wickets Lord’s 1899
10 wickets Nottingham 1921
10 wickets Adelaide 1959
10 wickets Brisbane 1990
10 wickets Sydney 2007
10 wickets Brisbane 2017

 

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