Wednesday 31 July 2013 

Old Trafford Ashes Test Preview - Stats Favour England

Kevin Pietersen pictured at Old Trafford ahead of the third Ashes Test
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A look at some key Old Trafford statistics ahead of the third Test in the 2013 Ashes series between England and Australia favours the home side.

Selected statistics courtesy of Opta

TEAM & VENUE

England's current run of four Test wins in a row against Australia is their best since they won five in a row between 1926 and 1929.

At Old Trafford since 1997, England have won six, drawn four and lost one Test at the venue, winning the last four.

Australia's record is an unbeaten one in their last five Tests in Manchester. In all 29 games at the venue, they have won eight, lost seven and drawn 14.

46 percent of Tests played at Old Trafford have ended in a draw.

BATTING

Denis Compton, Gordon Greenidge and Alec Stewart all hit three centuries at Old Trafford. Ian Bell and Alastair Cook have passed three figures at the ground twice.

Bell is chasing a third Test century in as many matches for the second time in his career and has hit centuries in his last three Ashes Tests. He also averages 81 at Old Trafford.

Cook is 18 runs behind Colin Cowdrey as England's sixth highest Test run-scorer and is closely followed by Kevin Pietersen, who is 22 runs further behind.

Australia's 10th-wicket averages 45.2 in 2013 - their best for any partnership.

In seven Tests apiece this year, England's batsman have amassed 10 centuries, Australia's just two.

Phil Hughes, Peter Siddle, Ed Cowan and Steven Smith have played a higher percentage of defensive shots among anybody to have faced 500 balls or more this year.

Only New Zealand's BJ Watling (59.9%) has scored more of his runs behind square than Matt Prior (57.8%) in 2013, among players to have faced 500 balls or more.

285 fours have been hit in the series so far and eight sixes.

BOWLING

One wicket for Stuart Broad would see him become the 15th Englishman to take 200 Test wickets

James Anderson currently has 320 and needs six to overtake Bob Willis and move into second place on England's all-time list.

THE STORY SO FAR

Trent Bridge: England won by 14 runs - Report - Scorecard
Lord's: England won by 347 runs - Report - Scorecard
Hove: Sussex drew with Australia - Report

Leading Run-Scorers

Ian Bell (England) - 317 runs at 79.25
Joe Root (England) - 221 runs at 55.25
Jonny Bairstow (England) - 139 runs at 34.75
Ashton Agar (Australia) - 130 runs at 32.50

Leading Wicket-Takers

James Anderson (England) - 13 wickets at 18.31
Graeme Swann (England) - 13 wickets at 22.08
Peter Siddle (Australia) - 11 wickets at 25.09
Ryan Harris (Australia) - 7 wickets at 14.71

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