January 7, 2011 5:08 pm

The Ashes in statistics

■ England scored more than 500 in an innings four times, the first time they have done so in a Test series.

■ England’s score of 644 in the Sydney Test was their highest total in Tests in Australia stretching back to the first ever Test match in 1877.

■ Australia lost by an innings in three out of the five matches in the series. Before that, they had lost by an innings in just three Tests in 242 Test matches since 1990. They won by an innings in 36 matches in that period, winning 144 times overall.

■ The last team to lose by an innings three times in a five-match Test series was New Zealand on their tour of England in 1958.

■ James Anderson, England’s best bowler in the series, took 24 wickets at an average of 26 runs per wicket. On the 2006-07 Ashes tour, he took five wickets at an average of 82.6.

■ Australia’s best bowlers were Mitchell Johnson, with 15 wickets at an average of 37, and Peter Siddle, with 14 wickets at 35.

■ Alastair Cook averaged 128 with the bat and scored 28 per cent of England’s runs. His series total of 766 was the second highest for an English batsman, and the 13th highest of all time.

■ Australia’s best batsman was Mike Hussey, with 570 runs at an average of 63.

■ Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored 113 runs in the series at an average of 16. Ponting is the second highest run scorer in Test cricket with 12,363. Before the series, he averaged 48 against England, with eight centuries and 2,363 runs.

■ England’s wicket keeper Matt Prior took 23 catches. Australian keeper Brad Haddin took eight.

■ In the Sydney Test England added 100 runs or more for the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets, the only time this has been done in Tests.

BATTING

■ Centuries

Nine scored by English batsmen; three by Australian batsmen. On the 2006-07 Ashes tour, England scored three to Australia’s nine.

Century partnerships: England 11; Australia four

■ Scores over 500:

England, four; Australia, none.

■ England scored more:

51: England’s average runs per wicket

29: Australia’s average runs per wicket

409: England’s average innings score

263: Australia’s average innings score

■ ...and more quickly:

Overall run rate: England, 3.39 per over; Australia, 2.99 per over

■ Running:

England were better at running between the wickets: four Australian batsmen were run out in the series; no Englishmen were.

BOWLING

■ England took more wickets:

86: Number of wickets taken by England’s bowlers

56: Number of wickets taken by Australia’s bowlers

■ ... and were more restrictive:

Maiden overs bowled: England, 178; Australia, 151

TEAMS

■ England were more consistent in selection, using 13 players, compared with Australia’s 17.

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