Ashes 2019: Opening Partners Lowest Average Five-Match Test Series
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Ashes 2019: Opening Partners Set New Lowest Average Record In Five-Match Test Series History

Ashes 2019 has seen many records. Here we are talking about a record which every team always wish to not be a part. Ashes 2019 created a record of lowest average in the opening partnership in the five-match Test series history.

In the Ashes 2019, there were a total of 20 opening partnerships where it saw the partnership of only 251 runs in total. At the end of this series, the opening partnership average was just 12.55. It is the new lowest average in the opening partnership in the five-match Test series history. Apart from one 50+ partnership in England innings during their last innings of Ashes 2019, there were no other 50 runs opening partnership.

The previous lowest record was 14.15 during the England tour of South Africa in 1905/06. In that five-match Test series, the total opening partnership runs were 269 runs in 19 innings. During that series, only one opening partnership crossed the 50 runs mark.

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However, the Ashes 2019 shattered that record and created a new disaster record. Here are the brief details of opening partnerships in Ashes 2019.

England (Total partnership runs = 166 runs; average = 16.60)

The hosts England had the better picture than Australia in the opening partnerships of Ashes 2019. In the first three Tests, Rory Burns and Jason Roy handled the opening partnerships while Joe Denly replaced Jason Roy for the last two Tests.

Ashes 2019, opening partnership
Rory Burns and Jason Roy (Image Credit: Google)

England’s total opening partnership runs in the ashes 2019 were 166 runs and their average was just 16.60. Apart from their last innings (54 runs partnership), the England openers managed only two more 20+ partnerships in the Ashes 2019. Their two partnerships also failed to open the accounts.

England’s innings-by-innings opening partnerships in Ashes 2019

Match Innings Partners Partnership Runs (Overs) Venue
2 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 22 (7.2) Birmingham
4 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 19 (9.5) Birmingham
1 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 0 (1.3) Lord’s
3 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 9 (4.1) Lord’s
2 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 10 (3.5) Leeds
4 Rory Burns and Jason Roy 15 (6.0) Leeds
2 Rory Burns and Joe Denly 10 (6.5) Manchester
4 Rory Burns and Joe Denly 0 (0.3) Manchester
1 Rory Burns and Joe Denly 27 (8.3) The Oval
3 Rory Burns and Joe Denly 54 (16.3) The Oval

Australia (Total partnership runs = 85 runs; average = 8.50)

In Ashes 2019, the Australian openers even failed to put a single 20-run partnership. Their top opening partnership was only 18 runs and once again it was their last innings of this tournament. Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were the openers in the first two Tests. From the third Test, Marcus Harris and David Warner became the opening partners.

Ashes 2019, opening partnership
Marcus Harris and David Warner (Image Credit: Google)

Australia’s total runs in the opening partnership in Ashes 2019 were just 85 runs, and the opening partnership average was only 8.50. In those 10 innings, one also had 0 runs partnership.

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Australia’s innings-by-innings opening partnerships in Ashes 2019

Match Innings Partners Partnership Runs (Overs) Venue
1 Cameron Bancroft and David Warner 2 (3.5) Birmingham
3 Cameron Bancroft and David Warner 13 (3.0) Birmingham
2 Cameron Bancroft and David Warner 11 (4.2) Lord’s
4 Cameron Bancroft and David Warner 13 (3.3) Lord’s
1 Marcus Harris and David Warner 12 (4.0) Leeds
3 Marcus Harris and David Warner 10 (1.2) Leeds
1 Marcus Harris and David Warner 1 (0.4) Manchester
3 Marcus Harris and David Warner 0 (1.0) Manchester
2 Marcus Harris and David Warner 5 (1.5) The Oval
4 Marcus Harris and David Warner 18 (5.0) The Oval
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