The Ashes stats: Ben Stokes breaks Perth record for highest fourth innings score
England all-rounder Ben Stokes scored a maiden international century but his career-best 120 could not stop Australia from beating the Three Lions by 150 runs in the third and final Ashes Test to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in series.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes scored a maiden international century but his career-best 120 could not stop Australia from beating the Three Lions by 150 runs in the third and final Ashes Test to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in series. Here are some of the other statistical highlights from the final day's play in Perth.
# Ben Stokes (120 off 195) has posted his maiden hundred in Tests. At 22 years 196 days, Stokes is the second youngest England batsman to post a century in the fourth innings after Alastair Cook (21 years 357 days) vs Australia at Perth in December 2006.
# Stokes' magnificent knock is the highest by any batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match at WACA, Perth, obliterating the Alastair Cook's 116 for England vs Australia in December 2006.
# Of the six hundreds scored in the fourth innings of a Test match at Perth, five have been recorded against Australia.Â The only Australian batsman to register a century is Tony Mann - 105 off 165 balls vs India in December 1977.
# Stokes and Cook are the only two batsmen to have recorded hundreds in the fourth innings in a losing cause at Perth in Tests.
# Before Stokes' achievement, Andrew Flintoff was the last number six batsman to register a hundred in an Ashes Test - 102 at Nottingham in August 2005.
# Mitchell Johnson enjoys an excellent record in Tests at Perth, capturing 42 wickets in just six Tests at an average of 20.19, including two five-wicket hauls and one instance of ten wickets in a Test match.
# Johnson's tally is the second highest at Perth next only to Glenn McGrath's 52 (ave.24.07) in 12 Tests.
# Johnson has claimed 23 wickets at an average of 15.47 in three Tests - his career-best performance in a Test series, bettering the 20 (ave.32.55) in the five-Test series vs England in 2009.
# Steven Smith, for his 111 in the first innings, that rescued Australia from a tricky situation, got his first Man of the Match ward in Tests.
# A total of 48 sixes have been recorded in the series so far - the third highest in a Test series, next only to the 51 in the five Ashes Tests in 2005 and 49 in the three-Test series between India and Pakistan in 2005-06.
# Australia have registered 36 sixes in the first three Tests - the most by them in a Test series, eclipsing the 31 hit by them vs India in the three-Test series in 2000-01.
# Brad Haddin is the first Australian wicketkeeper to effect eight dismissals in a Test match at Perth, joining Junior Murray (West Indies) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India).
# Haddin's tally of 44 dismissals in eight Tests is the most by a wicketkeeper against any opponent in a calendar year.
# Haddin is the fourth Australian wicketkeeper to manage 300 runs and effect 15 dismissals in a Test series, joining Rodney Marsh, Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist (twice).Â Except Ian Healy, who had achieved the feat vs West Indies in 1996-97, all the instances by Australian wicketkeepers were recorded in the Ashes series.
# Australia have regained the Ashes for the first time since 2006-07.Â They had lost the three successive series vs England between 2009 and 2013.
# Australia have won seven successive Tests vs England at Perth between February 1991 and December 2013.
# Australia have won nine, lost one and drawn three out of 13 played vs England at Perth.Â Overall, they have won 24, lost ten and drawn seven out of 41 contested at this venue.
# For the third time, a side has regained the Ashes series with victories in the first three Tests - all three instances have been recorded by Australia. Â
# Under Michael Clarke's captaincy, Australia have won 15, lost ten and drawn seven out of 32 Tests contested.
# After losing to South Africa by 2-0 in 2012, England have lost their first Test series after playing five series.
# England's 353 is their highest fourth innings total at Perth, obliterating the 350 in December 2006.
(Stats courtesy Rajesh Kumar)