We now start with the World Test Championship table at the end of this series:
Australia and England are only above the West Indies. (The three teams below WI have not played any WTC matches yet).
The record of all Tests between these teams:
Not all Tests between these teams have been counted as part of the Ashes; this can be seen in this review of the Ashes since 1970: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/the-ashes-since-1970/
Although the series was drawn 2-2 (the first drawn Ashes series since 1972) Australia retained the Ashes which they held since 2017-18.
Looking at individual performances:
Most runs (2000 or more):
Apart from scoring the most runs, Bradman has the most centuries (19) and 50+ scores (31). The next highest scorer was Hobbs with 11 centuries, although third-placed Border has 29 50+ scores.
Among current players there are Smith and the recently retired Cook.
Highest innings (200 or more):
This series only has the 211 by Smith. The highest in recent years was Cook’s 244* in 2017-18 and Smith’s 239 in 2017-18. RE Foster’s 287 in 1903-04 remains the highest for England in Australia. Bradman’s 334 and then Hutton’s 364 were then the highest in all Tests.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings): 40 and above:
Bradman tops by a large margin as usual, followed by Sutcliffe. Smith is now in third place. Root is the only other current player, just making the cut of 40.00.
To be continued: