The Ashes, Stats: Ian Bell records centuries in successive Tests against Australia
Ian Bell's century not only was his first against Australia in England but his 138-run partnership with Stuart Broad also gave England the advantage over the visitors in the first Test of the Ashes 2013 at Trent Bridge.
Prior to Ashes 2013, Ian Bell had struggled against the might of Australia in England. If 109 in this innings is struck out, Bell scored just 336 runs against Australia in England in 16 innings, with an average around 25.
Here are some factoids on Ian Bell, who completed a well deserved century against Australia in the ongoing first Test of the Ashes 2013 at Trent Bridge.
# Ian Bell has completed his 6,000 runs in Tests. He is the 14th batsman to accomplish the feat for England in Tests.
# Ian Bell (109) has registered his second century vs Australia - his 18th in Tests.
# During the course of his 18th Test century, Bell has completed his 1,000 runs vs Australia in Tests.
# Bell, in fact, has recorded hundreds in successive Tests vs Australia. In his last Test vs Australia at Sydney in January 2011, he had posted 115.
# Bell has twelve hundreds to his credit in 47 Tests in England.
# Stuart Broad (65) has posted his third fifty vs Australia - his tenth in Tests.
# Broad's aforesaid innings is his highest vs Australia in Tests, bettering the 61 at Leeds in August 2009.
# Of his eleven innings of fifty-plus, including a hundred, Broad has registered only one fifty away from home.
# Broad and Bell were involved in a stand of 138 - England's highest seventh-wicket stand at Trent Bridge in Tests, obliterating the 119 between Tim Bresnan and Matt Prior vs India in July 2011.