The Ridiculous Ashes Stats Preview!

Warning: if you don’t like stats, do not read this. It is scary how many there are.

Performance last series in England

Australia

  • Michael Clarke: 381 runs at 47.62
  • Chris Rogers: 367 runs at 40.77
  • David Warner: 138 runs at 23
  • Adam Voges: DNP
  • Shane Watson: 418 runs at 41.8, 2 wickets at 89.5
  • Brad Haddin: 206 runs at 22.88, 29 dismissals
  • Josh Hazlewood: DNP
  • Nathan Lyon: 12 runs at 6, 9 wickets at 33.66
  • Mitchell Marsh: DNP
  • Peter Siddle: 23 runs at 10.5, 17 wickets at 31.58
  • Mitchell Johnson: DNP
  • Steve Smith: 345 runs at 38.33, 4 wickets at 26.50
  • Mitchell Starc: 104 runs at 26, 11 wickets at 32.45
  • Shaun Marsh: DNP
  • Peter Nevill: DNP

England

  • Alastair Cook: 277 runs at 27.70
  • Adam Lyth: DNP
  • Gary Ballance: DNP
  • Joe Root: 339 runs at 37.66, 3 wickets at 11.33
  • Jos Buttler: DNP
  • Moeen Ali: DNP
  • Mark Wood: DNP
  • James Anderson: 36 runs at 7.2, 22 wickets at 29.59
  • Steven Finn: 2 runs at 2, 2 wickets at 58.50
  • Ben Stokes: DNP
  • Ian Bell: 562 runs at 62.44
  • Stuart Broad: 179 runs at 25.57, 22 wickets at 27.45
  • Adil Rashid: DNP

Performance after a World Cup meeting:

Australia and England have met seven times at the Cricket World Cup. Two-thirds of the time, whoever wins the World Cup loses the Ashes.

  • 1975: Australia by 4 wickets, wins Ashes 1-0
  • 1979: England by 6 wickets, loses Ashes 0-3
  • 1987: Australia by 7 runs, wins Ashes 4-0
  • 1992: England by 8 wickets, loses Ashes 1-4
  • 2003: Australia by 2 wickets, loses Ashes 1-2
  • 2007: Australia by 7 wickets, loses Ashes 1-2
  • 2015: Australia by 111 runs…

It’s worth noting that every Ashes series after a World Cup has been held in England.

Performance in the prior series (since 2000)

I’m recycling my old research for this!

Australia

  • Win series: 2 Ashes wins from 4 series (50%)
  • Draw series: N/A
  • Lose series: 1 Ashes win from 3 series (33%)

England

  • Win series: 4 Ashes wins from 5 series (80%)
  • Draw series: 0 Ashes wins from 2 series (0%)
  • Lose series: N/A

The Andy Murray Factor

  
In every Ashes series held in England since Andy Murray made his Wimbledon debut, the Poms have won. In the year where he won in 2013, we didn’t win a Test.

Results after whitewashes (in three-test series)

There have been four whitewashes in Ashes series of at least three tests, and in two of them, the team who whitewashed has won:

  • 1886: England wins 3-0, then wins 1886/87 2-0 (2 tests)
  • 1920/21: Australia wins 5-0, then wins 1921 3-0
  • 2006/07: Australia wins 5-0, then loses 2000 2-1
  • 2013/14: Australia wins 5-0, then…

Records after 10 matches as captain (since 1990)

Only 4 have played more than 10 tests as captain in this period:

(And by the way, these are the stats from their 11th onwards.)

  • Ricky Ponting (AUS): 9 matches, 4 wins, 2 losses
  • Mark Taylor (AUS): 6 matches, 3 wins, 2 losses
  • Mike Atherton (ENG): 5 matches, 1 win, 4 losses.
  • Michael Clarke (AUS): 1 match, 1 win

Both Clarke and Alastair Cook have played 10 tests as captain.

Win The Toss, Win the Series

In 7 of the 9 Ashes series this century, the team that batted first in the first Test has won.

And this is for Dennis…

Fastest 88 in an Ashes series

  1. Adam Gilchrist (AUS), 49 balls, Perth 2005
  2. Ashton Agar (AUS), 86 balls, Nottingham 2013
  3. Ray Lindwall (AUS), up to 87 balls, Melbourne 1947
  4. Tony Greig (ENG), up to 92 balls, Melbourne 1975
  5. Paul DeFreitas (ENG), up to 94 balls, Adelaide 1995
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