The 2013 Ashes series witnessed so many millstones that there are very few to pay attention to this time around. For the 2013/2014 Summer of Cricket however, there are a few key statistics worthy of nothing before the action gets underway.
George Bailey will make his Test debut for Australia, becoming the 426th individual to don the ‘Baggy Green’. Bailey will be the 37th player to debut for Australia since they won their last Ashes series in 2006/2007. England on the other hand have had just 23 debutants over that period.
Brad Haddin will play his 50th Test at the ‘Gabba. He currently sits on 49 Test appearances.
Jonathan Trott will play his 50th Test at the Adelaide Oval. He currently sits on 48 Test appearances.
Peter Siddle and Shane Watson will play their 50th Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. They currently sit on 46 Test appearances each.
Kevin Pietersen will play his 100th Test at the ‘Gabba. He currently sits on 99 Test appearances.
Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook will play their 100th Tests at the WACA Ground. They currently sit on 97 Test appearances each.
Shane Watson is on the cusp of reaching 3000 Test match runs. He currently sits on 2998. Watson also has 64 wickets, meaning that when he reaches 100 (probably in a later series), he’ll become the first player since Andrew Flintoff to score 3000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets. He’ll also become the 2nd Australian, after Shane Warne, to achieve the feat.
Michael Clarke is just one century away from 25 Test tons in his career. Should he achieve it, he’ll move into a tie for 16th with Alastair Cook.
Kevin Pietersen currently sits on 23 centuries and also has that milestone 25th century within reach.
Alastair Cook (7801) and Kevin Pietersen (7887) have ability to overtake A. Stewart (8463), D. Gower (8231) and G. Boycott (8114) for 2nd, 3rd or 4th on England’s all-time Test run-scorer list. G. Gooch is still a fair distance ahead with 8900 Test runs.
Michael Clarke (7656) can overtake M. Waugh (8029) and J. Langer (7696) for 5th or 6th on Australia’s all-time Test run-scorer list.
Graeme Swan, currently with 248 wickets, is just 2 away from his milestone 250th. He would become the 36th player to do so. With just 1 wicket in the series, he’ll break a tie he currently has with Richie Benaud on 248.
In taking his 250th wicket, Swann would become only the 3rd active player to have 1000 runs and 250 wickets. The others being J. Kallis and Harbhajan Singh.
Nathan Lyon (Test cap 421) will reach a milestone is his short but relatively fruitful career by bowling his 1000th Test over. Currently, he has bowled 925. From an innocuous introduction to Test cricket, he’ll become the first player to reach the 1000 over mark since Ben Hilfenhaus (Test cap 407) and the first spinner to do so since Stuart MacGill (Test cap 374). The spinners preceding this were Shane Warne, Tim May and Greg Matthews. An illustrious group for a former groundsman. Other spin bowlers to debut after MacGill yet not reach this milestone include: Ashton Agar, Xavier Doherty, Michael Beer, Bryce McGain, Jason Krejza, Beau Casson, Dan Cullen, Nathan Hauritz and Gavin Robertson. That isn’t to mention the all-round talents of Cameron White, Steve Smith, Colin Miller either.
Jimmy Anderson (329) can enter top 20 all-time Test wicket-takers by surpassing A. Donald (330) and either D. Steyn (340) or C. Vaas (355). As Steyn is a current player, surpassing Vaas is the only guaranteed way to enter the top 20 list. The only active players within striking distance who have a theoretical chance of pushing Anderson back out of the top 20 are J. Kallis (288) and teammate G. Swann (248).
Anderson can also become the highest Ashes wicket-taker, for England, by a player who has played a Test in the 21st century. Darren Gough holds the mark at 74 with Anderson just 11 scalps back at 63.
Peter Siddle can take his 100th Test wicket in Australia. He currently has 94, the 2nd most of any player on show this Ashes series (M. Johnson – 114).
Mitchell Johnson (35) and Stuart Broad (42) can take their 50th Ashes wickets. They would join Peter Siddle (51), Shane Watson (57), Jimmy Anderson (63) and Graeme Swann (55) as current players to have reached the milestone.
On a less serious note, Jimmy Anderson is approaching the unavoidable yet unwanted record of conceding 10,000 Test runs. He has currently leaked 9907 at an acceptable 3.09 runs per over. A decent recovery given how expensive he was on his first trip to Australia in 2006.
Peter Siddle is also pushing for an unwanted milestone in approaching his 5000th Test run conceded. He currently sits on 4863 with an economy rate of 2.98.
Brad Haddin is nearing 200 Test dismissals. He currently stands on 198 with 5 stampings and 193 catches. Impressive numbers for someone whose career almost aligned perfectly with arguably the greatest wicket-keeper/batsman of all time in Adam Gilchrist.
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