The Ashes, 3rd Test statistics: Numbers give Michael Clarke, the batsman, hope

Michael Clarke has a better average than Alastair Cook and has been a standout performer for his side. For England though, Ian Bell has shone bright and has a commendable record at Old Trafford.

Updated: August 06, 2013 08:31 IST
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Michael Clarke's Australia may have lost all chances of reclaiming the Ashes. For the skipper though, the Old Trafford Test provided significant numbers which he - as an individual player - can use to inspire his fellow players with.

# For Australia, Michael Clarke, with 319 runs at an average of 63.80 in three Tests, including a hundred and a fifty, is the only one to manage 300 runs.

# Michael Clarke is averaging 77.43 in drawn Tests - his aggregate being 1781, including eight centuries and three fifties, in 18 Tests. Amongst the batsmen with 1500 runs or more in drawn games, his average is the second highest, next only to Everton Weekes' 87.23 - 2268 runs in 17 Tests, including ten hundreds and five fifties.

# Clarke's second Man of the Match award vs England is his seventh in Tests.

# Clarke's match aggregate of 217 (187 and 30 not out) is his best away from home in a Test match apart from his best ever vs England.

# Clarke is averaging 65.84 as captain - his tally being 2897 runs in 27 Tests, including ten hundreds and seven fifties.

# England have retained the series after just three Tests. They had won the previous two Test series by 2-1 in 2009 in England and 3-1 in 2010-11 in Australia.

# The just concluded Old Trafford is the 92nd drawn Test out of 329 played between the two countries. England have won 104 and lost 133 vs Australia.

# The above Test is the 15th drawn Test between the two countries at Old Trafford out of 29 played. Both teams have won seven games each at this venue.

# Having lost the first three Ashes Tests between 2011 and 2013, the just concluded Test is the first drawn Test under Michael Clarke's captaincy vs England.

# England have won two and drawn one out of three Tests contested under Alastair Cook's captaincy against Australia - winning % 66.66.

# Alastair Cook's first duck in 14 Tests as captain is his sixth in Tests - his second vs Australia.

# Despite two hundreds and two fifties this year, Cook is averaging 36.80 in eight Tests in 2013 - his aggregate being 552 in fifteen innings.

# Brad Haddin's tally of seven dismissals in the match is his best performance in a Test match vs England. His best performance in a Test match is nine dismissals vs Pakistan at Sydney in January 2010.

# Ian Bell is the top run-scorer in the series with 381 runs at an average of 76.20, including two hundreds and two fifties, in three Tests.

# Bell enjoys an outstanding record at Old Trafford, Manchester, aggregating 550 at an average of 78.57 in ten innings, including two hundreds and four fifties.

# Amongst the batsmen with 500 runs or more at Old Trafford, Bell's average of 78.57 is the third highest, next only to Gordon Greenidge (100.60) and Denis Compton (81.80).

# Kevin Pietersen is averaging 56.64 in 30 drawn Tests - his aggregate being 2719, including eleven hundreds and ten fifties.

# Graeme Swann has captured 19 wickets at an average of 27.36 in three Tests - the most by a bowler in the present series.

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