Australia vs England, 2nd Ashes Test, Stats Preview: Players records and approaching milestones
Joe Root needs 133 runs to complete 9500 runs in Tests.
Pat Cummins, the new Australian captain, couldn’t have asked for a better start to his tenure, as he claimed five-for in the first innings of the first Ashes Test and also led his side to a nine-wicket thrashing of England at the Gabba, Brisbane. Pat Cummins and centurion Travis Head along with David Warner were the stars as the Three Lions had no answer against them eventually suffering their tenth defeat in the last 11 Tests in Australia. The second Test takes place on December 16, 2021, at the Adelaide Oval.
Nathan Lyon too reached his personal milestone by taking his 400th Test wicket and becoming the third Australian bowler to do so. For England, it was Joe Root again who is enjoying a tremendous 2021 as he registered his highest score (89) in Australia and also became the England batter with most runs in a calendar year. Dawid Malan too scored 82 but it was not enough for the England team, who surprisingly went into the Test match without Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
England would be looking to play both of their premier fast bowlers who share staggering 1156 wickets between them in Test matches. Joe Root and his men will be raring to win after the inclusion of the experienced pace duo. On the other hand, Australia will look to continue the dominance over their rivals at home and go 2-0 up in the series.
Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers ahead of the second Ashes Test between Australia and England:
Head-to-head: Australia and England have met each other 336 times in the Ashes with the hosts claiming victories on 137 occasions, losing 108 times and drawing 91 times. At home, both have clashed 168 times with the Kangaroos winning 87 Tests, losing 56 and drawing 25.
133 – Joe Root needs 133 runs to complete 9500 runs in Tests.
52 – Joe Root requires 52 runs to surpass Michael Clarke (1595) and become captain with second-most Test runs in a calendar year.
1 – James Anderson is one grab away from completing 100 catches in Tests.
43 – Alex Carey needs 43 runs to complete 1500 international runs across formats.
60 – Marcus Harris requires 60 runs to reach 500 runs in Tests.
119 – Jonny Bairstow requires 119 runs to reach 4500 runs in Tests.
5 – Jonny Bairstow is five grabs away from reaching 200 catches in Tests.
1 – Stuart Broad, if included in the playing XI, will complete 150 Test matches.
103 – Travis Head needs 103 runs to reach 1500 runs across formats.
138 – Jos Buttler is 138 runs away from completing 3000 runs in Tests.
68 – Marnus Labuschagne needs 68 runs to complete 2500 runs across formats.
113 – Usman Khawaja requires 113 runs to complete 3000 runs in Tests.
2 – Jos Buttler requires two sixes to reach 250 sixes in international cricket.
3 – Zak Crawley needs three fours to complete 100 fours in Tests.
7 – Usman Khawaja needs seven fours to complete 500 fours across formats.
89 – Haseeb Hameed needs 89 runs to reach 500 runs in Tests.
2 – Mitchell Starc needs two wickets to go past Jason Gillespie (259) and become the eighth highest wicket-taker for Australia in Tests.
82 – Dawid Malan is 82 runs away from completing 1000 runs in Tests.
41 – Marnus Labuschagne is 41 runs away from completing 2000 runs in Tests.
37 – Ben Stokes is 37 runs away from reaching 8000 runs across formats.
95 – David Warner requires 95 runs to reach 7500 international runs in Tests.
86 – David Warner also needs 86 runs to complete 15500 international runs across formats.
6 – Ben Stokes needs six catches to reach 150 catches across formats.