As the first Ashes Test in Cardiff kicks off on Wednesday, let us look at some of the statistics involving both the teams.
Selected statistics courtesy of Opta
TEAM & VENUE
Five of the last six tosses between these sides have been won by Australia.
Michael Clarke’s side have been defeated in 10 of their last 16 Tests outside of Australia.
England have only claimed victory once in their last nine opening Ashes matches.
Australia have mustered just one win in their last 14 away Tests against England.
England have played two previous Tests at the SSE SWALEC Stadium, winning against Sri Lanka in 2011 and drawing with Australia in 2009.
That drawn Ashes Test saw Australia record one of the 19 instances in Test history of a team having four or more centurions in an innings, the second time Australia have achieved this.
Alastair Cook will captain his side for the 34th time, which will put him in joint-sixth with Graham Gooch in the list of all-time English Test captains.
Michael Clarke (8,511) needs 115 runs to overtake Matthew Hayden (8,625) as Australia’s fourth highest Test run-scorer.
Eight of the nine players with the highest batting averages across the last two Ashes series are Australian (minimum four innings). Ian Bell tops the list (44.3).
Cook holds the record for the highest partnership in Cardiff when he put on a 251-run stand with Jonathan Trott for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in 2011.
Mitchell Johnson needs nine scalps to become the fifth Australian to reach 300 Test wickets.
LEADING RUN SCORERS IN CARDIFF (Current squad members only)
Alastair Cook (England) – 149 runs at 49.66
Brad Haddin (Australia) – 121 runs at 121.00
Ian Bell (England) – 103 runs
Michael Clarke (Australia) – 83 runs at 83.00
Stuart Broad (England) – 33 runs at 16.50
LEADING WICKET TAKERS IN CARDIFF (Current squad members only)
James Anderson (England) – 5 wickets at 35.20
Stuart Broad (England) – 5 wickets at 52.60
Mitchell Johnson (Australia) – 5 wickets at 26.20
Peter Siddle (Australia) – 3 wickets at 57.33
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