Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2019: 1st Test – Statistical Highlights

Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2019: 1st Test – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers during the first Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Gabba.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

After suffering Test and ODI series defeat to India for the first time in their history at home, Australia ensured they did not break their history against Sri Lanka. In the first of the two-match Test series against the Lankans, the hosts registered an innings and 40-run victory. Pat Cummins’ ten-wicket match haul was backed by debutant Jhye Richardson’s five wickets in the game as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 144 and 139 respectively.

All the major stats and numbers during the first Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Gabba:

Australia’s fortress:

30 – Australia extended their unbeaten streak in Test cricket at the Gabba in Brisbane to 30 matches. Only Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi (34 between 1955 and 2000) had a longer unbeaten streak at a venue in this format.

A tough country to tour for Sri Lanka:

6 – Sri Lanka has lost each of their last six Test matches in Australia. Overall, the Lankans have lost 12 out of 14 Test matches they played in Australia with the other two ending in a draw.

Cummins makes it big:

6/23Pat Cummins’ 6/23 in the 2nd innings is the cheapest 6-wicket hauls by an Australian in Test cricket since Glenn McGrath’s 8/24 against Pakistan during the 2004 Perth Test. This is also the cheapest 5-fer by an Australian in this format since Shane Watson’s 5/17 in the 2011 Cape Town Test.

10/62 – Cummins picked his 10-wicket match haul by conceding only 62 runs. This is the 4th cheapest 10-wicket Test match haul in the 21st century. James Anderson took 10/45 against Sri Lanka in the 2016 Leeds Tests, Dale Steyn took 11/60 during the 2013 Johannesburg Test against Pakistan while Steve O’Keefe claimed 12/70 against India in the 2017 Pune Test.

Century drought for Australia:

6 – Australia has failed to record an individual century in any of their previous six Test matches. This is the longest streak for the Aussies in Test cricket without an individual ton in more than 60 years. Their last such streak came in 1956 when they played seven Tests in a row with a hundred.

84 – Travis Head’s 84 in this game is the highest individual score for Australia in the ongoing home series in Test cricket. Only once in the last 120 years that Australia ended a home Test season without scoring a hundred. During the 1964/65 season, they played only one Test at home which had the highest score of 88.

A rare wicket by Richardson:

150 – Number of consecutive Test wickets at home were picked by the quartet of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon until Jhye Richardson’s maiden wicket in this format. The last Test wicket by an Australian outside these four bowlers at home was picked up by Steve O’Keefe during the 2017 Sydney Test against Pakistan.

Kurtis catches:

4 – Number of catches taken by Kurtis Patterson; the joint 2nd most by any fielder on Test debut for Australia. All the four catches he took in this Test are off Pat Cummins’ bowling marking him only the 4th fielder to claim four catches off a particular bowler on Test debut.

Starc @ 200:

50 – Mitchell Starc completed 200 wickets in Test cricket from 50 matches. His is the 3rd fastest player to 200 Test wickets among left-arm bowlers. Only Rangana Herath (47) and Mitchell Johnson (49) completed the milestone quicker than Starc.

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