England v. Australia
Investec Ashes Test Series
Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat.
Result: England win by 74 runs
- England have won all four of their Tests at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground – three of these victories have been by an innings.
- Australia have never played a Test match at the venue, however they have completed four ODIs there, losing to England in their last two visits (winning the other two v England and Bangladesh).
- England have now lost just one of their last 10 Test series at home – their 2-0 defeat against South Africa last summer.
- James Anderson has taken 15 wickets in two Tests at Durham ICG at an average of 14, his best average at any venue.
- Anderson (322) needs four wickets to overtake Bob Willis (325) as England’s second highest Test wicket taker.
- Kevin Pietersen's batting average of 25.7 at Durham ICG is his lowest at any of the nine home venues he has played at.
- Pietersen's 64 at Trent Bridge is his only 50 in his last 15 second innings of Tests.
- Pietersen (7,705) needs 24 runs to overtake Michael Atherton (7,728) as England's fifth highest Test run scorer. Alastair Cook (7,669) needs 60 runs to pass Atherton.
- Alastair Cook scored 766 runs in the 2010/11 Ashes at an average of 127.7. In his 13 other Ashes Tests he has scored 643 runs at an average of 25.7.
- Peter Siddle took his 50th Ashes wicket at Emirates Old Trafford. He dismissed Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen for the eighth and seventh times respectively in that match, his most regular Test victims.
- 87.5% of Shane Watson's Test deliveries this year have been dots, the highest percentage of any bowler. 31 of his 61 overs have been maidens.