The Ashes: History in Numbers

December 14, 2021

Australia won the first Test last week by an innings. Here’s a look at the history of Ashes Tests between them and England.

336 – The total number of Ashes Tests played, with Australia winning 137, England 108 and 91 ending in a draw.

33 – The number of Ashes series won by Australia. England have won 32, while six were drawn.

10.5 – The height, in centimetres, of the Ashes urn, the prize for which the teams compete.

903 – The most runs scored in an Ashes innings, by England in 1938 (they declared with seven wickets down).

36 – The lowest innings total, when Australia were bowled out in just 23 overs in 1902.

675 – The biggest winning margin by runs alone, by England in November 1928. England also claimed the biggest innings win, beating Australia by an innings and 579 runs at The Oval in 1938.

9 – The number of times a team has won an Ashes Test by 10 wickets (Australia six, England three).

61 – The most extras conceded in an innings, by Australia in Nottingham in 1989.

5 028 – The record number of Ashes runs scored by Australian legend Donald Bradman in 37 Tests at an average of 89.78.

19 – The record number of Ashes hundreds scored by Bradman, in 63 innings, with a highest score of 334.

364 – Leonard Hutton’s score for England at The Oval in August 1938, the highest by a batsman in an Ashes innings.

11 – The record number of ducks in the Ashes, held by Australia’s Syd Gregory.

195 – The record number of Ashes wickets taken by Australian spinner Shane Warne, in 36 Tests at an average of 23.25. Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath is next on the list with 157.

4 – The record number of times England’s Tom Richardson and Australia’s Shane Warne took 10 or more wickets in an Ashes Test.

13.01 – The best bowling average in Ashes cricket, held by George Lohmann, who was born in the Western Cape and played for England between 1886 and 1896. In 15 Ashes Tests, he took 77 wickets, with best innings figures of 8-35.

135 – The record number of Ashes dismissals made by Australian wicketkeeer Ian Healy (123 catches and 12 stumpings).

54 – The record number of catches taken by an outfielder, held by England’s Ian Botham, who took 54 catches in 32 games in The Ashes

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