England's record-breaking Ashes

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Following England’s first Ashes series victory in Australia for 24 years, ecb.co.uk picks out the records and landmark achievements of Andy Flower’s men Down Under:

First Test, Brisbane

Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook & Andrew Strauss

England's top three all compiled centuries in a sensational second-innings display in the opening Test at the Gabba

  • Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook's opening partnership of 188 in the second innings was an England record at the Gabba.
  • During the stand, Strauss and Cook overtook Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe's tally of 3,249 runs to become England's most prolific opening pair.
  • Cook and Jonathan Trott's unbroken partnership of 329 was England’s best for any wicket in Australia - beating the 323 set by Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes in Melbourne in 1911-12 - and the ninth highest England partnership in history.
  • Cook's 235 not out broke Sir Donald Bradman's record for the highest Test score at the Gabba.
  • Cook's score was the highest for England since Graham Gooch's 333 against India in 1990.
  • It was only the second time in England's cricketing history that the top three batsmen had made centuries and the first since 1924.
  • England's total of 517 for one declared was their highest in a second innings in a Test match in Australia.

Second Test, Adelaide

Michael Clarke & James Anderson

Australia were reduced to two for three in Adelaide when James Anderson had Michael Clarke caught at second slip

  • England condemned Australia to their worst start to a Test in 60 years when they slumped to two for three.
  • Prior to losing his wicket on the third morning, Cook had scored 383 runs and batted for 1,058 minutes without being dismissed, an England record.
  • Kevin Pietersen's innings of 227 was his best score in Tests, bettering his previous effort of 226 against West Indies in May 2007.
  • In racking up 620 for five, England passed the 500-run mark in successive innings in the Ashes for the first time.
  • England's total included four successive century stands for the first time.
  • England's victory was their first by an innings in Australia since the MCG Test in 1986.

Fourth Test, Melbourne

MCG scoreboard

England's bowlers wreaked havoc in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, dismissing the hosts for 98

  • Australia's total of 98 in their first innings was their lowest Ashes total at the MCG and their lowest completed first-innings score in a home Ashes Test since 1888.
  • The margin of defeat was Australia's worst on home soil in 98 years, and their eighth-worst of all time.

Fifth Test, Sydney

Ian Bell

Ian Bell ended his long wait for an Ashes century in Sydney as England stormed to their highest total on Australian soil

  • Ian Bell made his first century in Ashes Tests in his 18th match while Matt Prior also notched a first Test ton against Australia from only 109 balls - the fastest England Ashes century since Ian Botham's 1981 effort at Old Trafford.
  • England's total of 644 was their highest score in Australia.
  • England’s last five wickets alone put on 418, a new English record; it was the first time in Test history that the sixth, seventh and eighth-wicket partnerships have all produced 100 runs.
  • The nature of the Sydney defeat meant it was the first time Australia had lost three Tests in a home series by an innings. They had never previously suffered two innings defeats on home soil.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook enjoyed a hugely prolific series with the bat and surpassed a multitude of landmarks in the process

  • Cook's tally of 766 runs during the series is the second highest by an England batsman in any Ashes series, behind only Walter Hammond's 905 in Australia in 1928/29, which was achieved over nine innings to Cook's seven.
  • The opener's average of 127 is the second highest by an Englishman in the Ashes behind Geoff Boycott, who averaged 147 in 1977 but played in only three Tests. Apart from Cook and Boycott, only Hammond, Len Hutton and Eddie Paynter have finished an Ashes series with three-figure averages having played three or more Tests.
  • Cook has set a new world record for a five-Test series by spending 2,171 minutes at the crease, beating Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 2,057 for the West Indies against India in 2002.
  • During the first innings of the fifth Test, Cook became the second youngest player behind India legend Sachin Tendulkar to reach a career total of 5,000 runs.

Other landmarks

  • Andrew Strauss' team became only the fifth England side since 1945 to win the Ashes in Australia.
  • Only once before have England won three Tests or more Down Under. Mike Brearley's side achieved the feat in 1978-79 when they triumphed 5-1.
  • They become only the third team in history to total more than 500 four times in a Test series.
  • England averaged 51.14 runs per wicket, the third highest by a side in Australia.
  • Their tally of nine centuries in the series is the most by a visiting team in Australia.
  • Six England batsmen scored centuries in the series, an England Ashes record.
  • James Anderson took more wickets - 24 - than any other England bowler since Frank Tyson's haul of 28 in 1954-55.