Statistical highlights 1st Test: England vs Pakistan, Day 1

Updated: 18 January 2012 14:14 IST

Following are the statistical highlights of the first day's play between England and Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.

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Following are the statistical highlights of the first day's play between England and Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.

# Matt Prior (70 not out off 154 balls) has posted his highest innings against Pakistan away from home.

# Prior's aforesaid innings is his third highest against Pakistan, next only to his two unbeaten knocks - 102 at Trent Bridge and 84 at The Oval in the 2010 series.

# Prior enjoys an impressive record against Pakistan - 304 in seven innings at an average of 76.00, including one century and two fifties.

# Prior has recorded his second fifty against Pakistan is his 19th in Tests.

# Under Strauss' captaincy, Prior is averaging 51.17 - 2047 runs in 50 innings, including six hundreds and 13 fifties.

# Saeed Ajmal (7/55) has recorded his career-best figures in Tests, surpassing the 6 for 42 against the West Indies at Providence in May 2011.

# Ajmal has produced five five-wicket hauls - two each against England and the West Indies and once against Sri Lanka.

# Ajmal is one of the six bowlers to capture five lbw dismissals in an innings.He has joined Australia's Terry Alderman (vs. Pakistan at Melbourne in 1989-90), West Indian, Curtly Ambrose (England at Bridgetown in 1989-90), Pakistan's Mohammad Zahid (vs. New Zealand at Rawalpindi in 1996-97), England's Richard Johnson (vs. Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street in 2003 and England's Monty Panesar (vs.West Indies at Lord's in 2007).

# For the first time, Ajmal has maintained five wickets per Test ratio - 90 wickets (ave.28.43) in 18 Tests.

# Ajmal is the leading wicket-taker at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, taking 18 wickets at an average of 20.27 in three Tests - the only bowler to register two five-wicket hauls at this venue.

# Ajmal's superb figures are the best at this venue, surpassing the 5 for 54 by Morne Morkel for South Africa against Pakistan in 2010-11.

# Ajmal's bowling statistics against England are excellent, capturing 19 wickets at an average of 21.47 in four Tests, including two five-wicket hauls - 7 for 55 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium and 5 for 82 at Birmingham in August 2010.

# Saeed Ajmal has claimed 57 wickets at 21.89 runs apiece in nine Tests since January 2011 - the most by a bowler during this period.

# Ian Bell has posted a first-ball duck - his second first-ball dismissal. His ninth duck in Tests is his second against Pakistan.

# Kevin Pietersen has registered the worst strike rate (6.89) of his Test career - 2 off 29 balls.

# Graeme Swann (34) has posted his highest innings against Pakistan.

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