Australia went to play 2nd Test with Steven Smith leading the side as Pat Cummins was ruled out of the match for being in close contact with a COVID-19 case. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Australia dominated the day. After losing Marcus Harris early, Marnus and David Warner stitched a 172-run partnership to keep things under control. Warner’s 95 with the bat and Labuschagne’s unbeaten 95 has ensured Australia stay at the top on day 1 of the 2nd Test match. Labuschagne had a bit of luck as was dropped twice by Jos Buttler.
Numbers and Stats from Aus vs Eng 2nd Test, Day-1:
1957 – For the first time since 1957, 3 different captains have led Australia in 3 consecutive Test matches.
In 1956/57 Ray Lindwall, Ian Johnson and Ian Craig captained Australia in 3 consecutive Test matches respectively. Similarly now in 2021 Tim Paine, Pat Cummins and Steven Smith has captained Australia in the last 3 consecutive Test matches.
10 – David Warner has become the 10th batter to smash 7500 runs for Australia in Test cricket.
Most runs for Australia in Test Cricket:
Ricky Ponting – 13378
Allan Border – 11174
Steve Waugh – 10927
Michael Clarke – 8643
Matthew Hayden – 8625
Mark Waugh – 8029
Justin Langer – 7696
Steven Smith – 7570 (Batting at 18*)
Mark Taylor – 7525
David Warner – 7500
16 – Marnus Labuschagne has smashed joint-most fifty-plus scores in World Test Championship cycles along with Joe Root.
Most 50+ scores in World Test Championship Cycles:
Marnus Labuschagne / Joe Root – 16
Babar Azam – 12
Cheteshwar Pujara / Steven Smith – 11
31 – Michael Neser got an opportunity to make his Test debut in the absence of Pat Cummins at the age of 31 years & 262 days.
Oldest pacers to debut for Australia in Test cricket:
Ron Oxenham – 37 years & 154 days
Geoff Noblet – 33 years & 170 days
Jack O’Connor – 32 years & 123 days
Michael Neser – 31 years & 262 days
34 – Marnus Labuschagne has smashed 2000 runs in Test Cricket in just 34 innings. He has become 3rd fastest Australian to reach the milestone of 2000 Test runs.
Fastest to smash 2000 runs in Test cricket (innings-wise):
Don Bradman – 22 innings
George Headley – 32 innings
Herbert Sutcliffe / Michael Hussey – 33 innings
Marnus Labuschagne – 34 innings
81.42 – David Warner averages 81.42 with the bat in Test Cricket at Adelaide, Oval Ground.
Highest Test batting average in a particular venue on Australia (batted minimum 15 innings):
Don Bradman – 128.53 in Melbourne Cricket Ground
Michael Clarke – 94.26 in Adelaide, Oval
David Warner – 81.42 in Adelaide, Oval