In Numbers | Records which were made in Ashes 2019
2019 Ashes was a great spectacle in terms of the sheer quality of cricket which was on display for the course of the entire five Test matches. It was a great success in making people realize that Test cricket is still the truest form of the game.
It was a series for the purists. It couldn’t have presented a better opportunity to bring in more audience and revive the interests of the future stars to take up cricket.
Ashes had two evenly matched sides going head to head. The history related to and the promise of hard fought competitive cricket were some of the reasons why Ashes was so keenly followed across the globe. The red duke ball also helped the cause given it gave bowlers an opportunity to have an equal say in the game.
In the entire series, plenty of players rose up to the occasion new records were established along the way.
Here’s a look at all the records which were made during the Ashes 2019:
- This was the first time since 1972 that an Ashes series was drawn level. Last instance of it happening was in 1972. Ever since, both the teams have won the series five-times each.
- Australia retained the Ashes for the first time since 2001 on the English soil. In 2001, under the leadership of Steve Waugh, Aussies went onto win the series 4-1.
- Steven Smith’s tally of 774 runs makes him the fifth-highest run-getter is an Ashes series. He averaged 110.57 with three centuries including the highest score of 211 at Old Trafford.
- Pat Cummins broke a 42-year old record by claiming 29 wickets in the series without any fifer. Earlier, Wayne Clark took 28 wickets in the 1977-78 Ashes series without bagging any five-wicket haul.
- Australian openers bagged 14 single-digit scores, a record for any team in a Test series. Previously, 13 scores in single-figures were scored by England in South Africa in 1905-06.
- Steve Smith scored three centuries for the fourth time in his career in an entire series. Gary Sobers and Don Bradman have achieved the feat five times in their careers.
- Stuart Broad became the first English bowler to claim 20+ wickets in four Ashes series. He has now taken 20+ wickets in each of the Ashes in 2013, 2013-14, 2015 and 2019.
- This was only the second occasion in an Ashes battle when five bowlers (Cummins, Hazlewood, Archer, Broad and Lyon) claimed 20+ wickets in a series. This feat was previously achieved in the six-match Test series in 1978-79.
- Jofra Archer became only the second English bowler to take two six-wickets hauls in the same Ashes series after Ian Botham in 1981.
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