We take a look at some Ashes stats after England’s innings and 41-run defeat against Australia in the third Test.
The visitors suffered their eighth successive loss at the WACA – the joint-most for any team at a venue alongside Zimbabwe’s eight at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo which ended in November this year. England’s losing streak began in the 1990-91 season with their only win at the venue coming against Australia in 1978-79.
This was likewise England’s eighth consecutive loss in Australia following their 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14 and first two Tests of this series – this equals their worst run in Tests in Australia. They lost all five Tests in 1920-21 and followed it up with defeats in the first three Tests of the 1924-25 series. This was also their seventh successive defeat in Tests away from home following the 4-0 defeat in India.
The 403 first innings total by England is the highest for any team to end up as the losing side in a Test at the WACA. The previous highest for any team was India’s 402 in 1977, when they lost by two wickets.
This was the third time in their last three away Tests that England have lost by an innings after scoring 40o-plus batting first. They scored 400 against India in Mumbai last year before losing by an innings and 36 runs. They scored 477 in Chennai and lost by innings and 75 runs. They only managed this once previously – against Australia at the Oval in 1930.
Alastair Cook now has equalled the most defeats for a player in an away country. This was his 14th loss in 18 matches Down Under. Jack Hobbs and Sachin Tendulkar also have 14 defeats in Australia but in 24 and 20 Tests respectively.
Most losses in an away country:
14 A Cook in Australia (18 Tests)
14 J Hobbs in Australia (24)
14 S Tendulkar in Australia (20)
13 B Lara in Australia (19)
12 S Chandepaul in South Africa (14)
12 W Rhodes in Australia (20)
12 J Anderson in Australia (16)#Ashes
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 18, 2017
Dawid Malan’s 194 runs scored in the series is the highest aggregate for an England batsman at the WACA, surpassing 193 by Derek Randall (78 & 115) in 1982. He became the first England batsman to score fifty-plus in each innings of a Test in Australia since Alastair Cook at the Gabba in 2010.
Australia’s 662-9d is the highest ever in an Ashes Test Down Under, surpassing 659-8d by Australia at the SCG in 1946. It is their third highest total in a home Test after 735-6d against Zimbabwe in Perth in 2003 and 674 against India in Adelaide in 1948.