Australia won this series 4-0 and came within one wicket of making it 5-0. They had already achieved this against England in 1920-21, 2006-07 and 2013-14.
Last-wicket pairs thwarting defeat are more common than one would imagine. Here is a complete list of these instances in Tests:
This was only the second such instance in Aus-Eng Tests. The earlier one was at Manchester in 2005.
India also appears a number of times in this list, both as thwarter and thwartee.
Here is the summary of matches between Australia and England. Remember that there are some Tests which are not considered as Ashes contests.
Australia’s dominance at home is clear, and they almost lead England in England as well.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (2000 and more):
Many famous names here. Bradman has the most centuries (19) followed by Hobbs with 12.
Bradman also has the most 50+ scores (31) followed by Border with 29.
You will struggle to find current players here. They are SPD Smith with 3044 with Root just scraping in with 2016. Going a little further back there is Cook with 2493.
Highest innings (200 or more):
In recent years there are 244* by Cook (2017), 239 and 215 by Smith (2017 and 2015).
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 45.00 or more):
SPD Smith is No 4 (after Bradman, Sutcliffe and Barrington). No one else from the last few years, unless you count CJL Rogers who played a few Tests in 2013-2015.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00 or more):
Oddly enough, SCJ Broad has the 4th highest strike rate (after Gilchrist, Flintoff and Prior). And Warne is 5th. Warner, SPD Smith and Stokes are also here.
To be continued.
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