Ashes 2019: England's fourth Test against Australia in Opta numbers

We take a look at the Opta numbers ahead of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford, which begins on Wednesday.

Ben Stokes is now averaging 57 in his 12 innings this calendar year.   -  Getty Images

England will be hoping to build on the momentum given by Ben Stokes' brilliant match-winning innings at Headingley when it renews its rivalry with Australia in the fourth Ashes Test.

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Stokes steered England to an improbable one-wicket success with an unbeaten 135, compiling an unbroken 76-run stand with last man Jack Leach to level the series at 1-1.

Having missed out on the chance to retain the urn in Leeds, Australia will hope to get back on track at Old Trafford, where Steve Smith is expected to return from his concussion-enforced absence.

Here we look at the key Opta numbers ahead of the two teams' next meeting in Manchester.


6 - Australia is unbeaten in its past six Test matches against England at Old Trafford, winning three and drawing three. Its last defeat there came in the 1981 Ashes.

11 - However, England is also on a good run at the venue having not lost any of its previous 11 Tests (W9 D2) since a defeat to Pakistan in 2001.

57 - After making his best ever score against Australia last time out, Stokes is now averaging 57 in his 12 innings this calendar year.

242 - Rory Burns has been the most productive opener in a series where top-order batsmen have largely struggled. Burns has scored 242 runs, 163 more than anyone else who has opened - (David Warner 79, Jason Roy 57, Cameron Bancroft 44 and Marcus Harris 27).

Pat Cummins and his team-mates celebrate after Chris Woakes becomes the final wicket to fall in England's second innings, securing a 251-run win for Australia. Cummins took four for 32 in 11.3 overs in the second innings, his scalps being Rory Burns, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, in addition to Woakes.   -  Getty Images


9 - Bouncers have played a big part in this series and Australia paceman Pat Cummins has used them to great effect, with nine of his 17 dismissals coming from a short ball. The other bowlers have only combined for four dismissals via that method.

2001 - Should Australia win at Old Trafford, it will ensure it retains the urn and avoid an Ashes series loss in England for the first time since 2001.

58 - England's Jonny Bairstow needs just 58 more runs to reach 4,000 in Test cricket.

357 - Nathan Lyon has now taken the third-most wickets of any Australian bowler in Tests after moving beyond Dennis Lillee at Headingley. He now trails only Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708).

378 - No batsman has scored more runs in the recently formed ICC Test Championship than Smith, whose 378 in the Ashes have come at an average of 126.

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