Australia have posted a challenging total of 473 runs on board with the help of terrific century from Marnus Labuschagne and 93 runs from Steven Smith. Lower order batsman like Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser also played handy knocks with the bat to boost the Aussies total while David Warner had scored 95 runs on day-1 of 2nd Test match. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes picked 3 wickets with the ball and Jimmy Anderson took 2 key wickets. Rest of the English bowlers managed to pick 1 wicket each. Australia dominated day-2 of the 2nd Test match as well. At the end of day 2, England finished with 17/2 and still trail by 456 runs.
Numbers and Stats from Day-2 of Aus vs Eng 2nd Test:
3 – Marnus Labuschagne became first player to smash 3 centuries in D/N Test match. Previously, Asad Shafiq was the only player to smash more than one (2) century in D/N Test match.
5 – Steven Smith became 5th highest run-scorer as captain for Australia in Test cricket by surpassing Steve Waugh’s run tally.
Most runs as captain for Australia in Tests:
Allan Border – 6623
Ricky Ponting – 6542
Greg Chappell – 4209
Michael Clarke – 3946
Steven Smith – 3752
Steve Waugh – 3714
5 – James Anderson has become 5th joint-highest wicket-taker for England in Ashes series.
Most wickets for England against Australia in Test Cricket:
Ian Botham – 148 wickets
Bob Willis – 128 wickets
Stuart Broad – 119 wickets
Wilfred Rhodes – 109 wickets
James Anderson / Sydney Barnes – 106 wickets
6 – Marnus Labuschagne has smashed joint-most centuries (6) along with Joe Root in World Test Championship.
8 – James Anderson dismissed Steven Smith for 8th time in international cricket.
Bowlers to dismiss Steven Smith most times in international cricket:
Stuart Broad – 11 times
James Anderson – 8 times
Adil Rashid / Umesh Yadav / Yasir Shah – 7 times
8 – Mitchell Starc equalled the wickets tally of Jason Gillespie to become 8th joint-highest wicket-taker for Australia in Test Cricket.
Most wickets for Australia in Test Cricket:
Shane Warne – 708
Glenn McGrath – 563
Nathan Lyon – 403
Dennis Lillee – 355
Mitchell Johnson – 313
Brett Lee – 310
Craig McDermott – 291
Jason Gillespie / Mitchell Starc – 259
Richie Benaud – 248