2019 Ashes Statistical Analysis

England have been busy celebrating winning the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Now comes the Ashes series as the Australians defend the urn that they won in the last series held in 2017-18. It’s going to be literally be a different ball game.

Forget the white ball and the desire to play crazy shots and hit six after six. Now it’s the turn of the traditional red ball and five days of tension and excitement. Joe Root is in charge as England bid to end the summer by regaining the Ashes.

Recent years have seen home series being won and England will be hoping that is the case again this summer. The five-test series is being played at breakneck speed. The First test begins on Thursday August 1 with the fifth and final test beginning on September 12.

England go into the series with problems in the top order. As this statistical analysis will illustrate, there are plenty of worries re Rory Burns, Jason Roy and Joe Denly. A lot of focus for the Australians will be the return to test cricket of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after their bans for the infamous sandpaper incident in South Africa.

This statistical analysis will look at the players selected to take part in this Ashes series, as well as recent results between the two teams and possible landmarks that could be reached during the series. Hopefully, this will help you decide just how to use your free bets on the 2019 Ashes series.

Fixture List For The Ashes Series 2019

  1. First Test:  Edgbaston (August 1-5)

Australia 284 and 487-7dec beat England 374 and 146 by 251 runs.

  1. Second Test: Lord’s (August 14-18)
  2. Third Test: Headingley (August 22-26)
  3. Fourth Test: Old Trafford (September 4-8)
  4. Fifth Test: The Oval (September 12-16)

Recent Results

There have been times in the past when either England or Australia (usually Australia) have dominated the Ashes. That hasn’t been the case in recent years. The last four series have been won by different teams with home advantage being the key.

England struggle on the faster wickets down under with the last two series lost 4-0 and 5-0. Australia arrive in England defending the Ashes (as they are in this series) and then have problems against our seamers.

  • 2017/18 (in Australia) – Australia 4 England 0
  • 2015 (in England) – England 3 Australia 2
  • 2013/14 (in Australia) – Australia 5 England 0
  • 2013 (in England) – England 3 Australia 0
  • 2010/11 (in Australia) – Australia 1 England 3
  • 2009 (in England) – England 2 Australia 1
  • 2006/07 (in Australia) – Australia 5 England 0
  • 2005 (in England) – England 2 Australia 1
  • 2002/03 (in Australia) – Australia 4 England 1
  • 2001 (in England) – England 1 Australia 4

Three of the last four series played in England have seen the home side win to regain the Ashes. They have won those four by an aggregate score of 10-4. Both countries have won a test in six of the last seven series played in England. That’s compared to one of the last four played down under.

Records for each Ground

 

Edgbaston

2019 - Australia won by 251 runs

2015 – England won by eight wickets

2009 – Match Drawn

2005 – England won by two runs

2001 – Australia won by an innings and 118 runs

1997 – England won by nine wickets

Against all countries, England have won four of their last five tests played at Edgbaston. Their last loss before the First Test loss in the Ashes series was to South Africa in 2008. 


Lord’s

2015 – Australia won by 405 runs

2013 – England won by 347 runs

2009 – England won by 115 runs

2005 – Australia won by 239 runs

2001 – Australia won by eight wickets

There usually seems to be a very conclusive result in Ashes tests played at the home of cricket. England have won two of the last three but those are their only victories in the last 20 Ashes games played at Lord’s. Before the win in 2009, their previous victory over Australia had been in 1934.

England have won four of their last five test matches played on this ground. Only one of the last ten has ended in a draw.

Headingley

2009 – Australia won by an innings and 80 runs

2001 – England won by six wickets

1997 – Australia won by an innings and 61 runs

1993 – Australia won by an innings and 148 runs

1989 – Australia won by 210 runs

1985 – England won by five wickets

1981 – England won by 10 runs.

Australia have won four of the last five played at Headlngley, three by an innings.  The last drawn Ashes test on this ground was in 1975. It’s not England’s favourite test ground with only two wins in the last ten played there. Only one of the last 19 tests played on this ground have been drawn.

Old Trafford

2005 – Match Drawn

1997 – Australia won by 268 runs

1993 – Australia won by 178 runs

1989 – Australia won by nine wickets

1985 – Match Drawn

1981 – England won by 103 runs

Three wins out of four for Australia and none in five for England. The home side have won their last three test matches played at Old Trafford and have no losses in their last 11. Their last test lost at Old Trafford was against Pakistan in 2001.

The Oval

2015 – Australia won by an innings and 46 runs

2013 – Match Drawn

2009 – England won by 197 runs

2005 – Match Drawn

2001 – Australia won by an innings and 25 runs

1997 – England won by 19 runs

1993 – England won by 161 runs

England have only one win in their last five tests against Australia at the Oval. There have been three draws in the last eight played. Overall, England have a mixed record on this ground with five wins, a draw and four defeats in the last ten played. It’s six years since an Oval test was drawn.

Team Lineups For The 2019 Ashes Series

England

Joe Root (capt) – 82 Tests scoring 6803 runs. England captain has a highest test score of 254 with an average of 48. 94. He has scored 16 centuries and 41 fifties. He does tend to get to 50 but struggle to convert that into a century. Root has 97 catches in test cricket and has taken 20 test wickets at an average of 51.8.


Against Australia, Root has played 20 tests matches scoring 1454 runs with a highest score of 180. He averages 42.76 which is less than his overall test record. He has taken nine wickets against them at an average of 43.88.

In tests against Australia that have been played in England, Root has played 11 matches with 884 runs scored. His highest score is 180 and the runs have been scored at an average of 46.52. Seven wickets at an average of 31.28 have been taken. The first test saw him score 57 and 28 and his bowling analysis was 0-50.

Jonny Bairstow

The Yorkshireman has played 65 tests scoring 3820 runs at an average of 35.7. His best test score is 167 not out with 20 fifties and six test centuries.

He has played 15 matches against Australia, but his batting average is only 26.53, well below his overall average. Bairstow has scored 690 runs with a highest score of 119.  On home soil, he has played eight matches hitting 335 runs at an average of 25.76 with a highest score of 74.

Bairstow has only scored one century in his last 13 test matches with three fifties. He’s vulnerable early on in his innings with five ducks in the last nine. He scored 8 and 6 in the first test and has only scored 16 runs in his last five test innings.

Stuart Broad

Broad has played 128 tests for England taking 450 wickets at an average of 28.78. His best bowling figures are the pre-lunch demolition 8/15 against Australia. He has taken five wickets in an innings on 17 occasions and 10 wickets in a match twice. Broad has scored 3117 test runs at an average of 19.24 with a highest score of 169. He has scored 12 fifties and one century.


Against Australia, Broad has played 28 test matches. He’s scored 867 runs (average 20.64 with highest score 65) and taken 100 wickets (av 29,98). He reached that milestone of 100 test wickets against Australia at Edgbaston.  Broad has played 16 tests against Australia in England, scoring 576 runs (av 24 and highest score 65) and taken 67 wickets at an average of 26.32 but that does include that 8/15, it’s just under 30 if you exclude that performance.

The first test saw him take six wickets including 5/86 in the first innings. With the bat he scored 29 in the first innings but was out for a duck in the second.

Rory Burns

The Surrey batsman has played eight tests for England. He has scored 456 runs in 16 innings with a highest score of 133. His batting average is 28.5 and he’s scored two test fifties.

Of his 16 test innings, nine have seen him dismissed for 14 or less. Of his 456 test runs, 217 of them have come in two innings. The other 14 have produced only 239 runs at an average of 17. Hopefully we will see more innings like that in the first innings of the first test when he scored 133. He was out for 11 in the second innings in his first test match against Australia.

Jos Buttler

Buttler has played 32 tests for England scoring 1728 runs. He has an average of 34.56 with a highest score of 106. He’s scored one test century and made 14 fifties.


He has played six tests against Australia but only scored 128 runs at an average of 12.8.  Buttler has been dismissed for a single figure score in four of his last seven innings. His last three test innings in England have seen him score just six runs. The first test saw him score 5 and 1 making it 184 runs in his last eight test innings. 123 of those came in the final test against the West Indies so it's 61 in the other six innings.

Sam Curran

The Northampton born all-rounder has played 10 tests for England. He’s scored 509 runs and taken 18 test wickets. He has scored three test fifties with a highest score of 78 and averages 31.81 with the bat. His best bowling figures in test cricket are 4-74 with an average of 30.05.

Curran has only taken five wickets in his last five test matches at an average of 47.8. In four county championship games for Surrey this season, he scored 251 runs with two fifties and an average of 31.38, while taking 18 wickets.

Joe Denly

Denly has played four tests for England and has scored 174 runs in eight innings. His highest score is 69 and his batting average is 21.75. Without his highest score, that average slumps to 15. Six of his test innings have seen him score 20 or less and seven of his eight innings have seen him score 23 or under. The first test saw him score 18 and 11 with a bowling analysis of 0-79.

Jason Roy

The one-day specialist has only played two tests for England. He has scored 115 runs with a highest score of 72 against Ireland. Take away his top score and Roy has made 43 runs in three innings. The first test saw him score 10 and 28.


Ben Stokes

The all-rounder has played 53 tests for England with 3208 runs scored at an average of 33.76. His highest score is a massive 258 with 18 fifties and six centuries. Stokes has taken 131 test wickets at an average of 3218. He’s taken five wickets in an innings on four occasions with best figures of 6/22.

Against Australia, he’s played ten games scoring 536 runs and taking 30 wickets. His highest score has been 120 and best bowling figures 6/36. He’s played six tests against Australia in England with 257 runs and 15 wickets. His highest score Is 87 and best bowling figures 6/36. His averages are below his overall performances. Stokes scored 50 and 6 in the first test with a bowling analysis of 4/162..

Olly Stone

Olly made his test debut against Ireland in July. He scored 19 runs in two innings and that’s also his highest score Stone took three wickets for 29 in the game. Earlier this season he was playing in the Warwickshire second XI.  He’s played two county championship games this season taking seven wickets and scoring 22 runs, though 21 of those came in one innings.

Chris Woakes

The all-rounder has played 28 tests for England. He’s scored 1099 runs and taken  82. His highest test score is 137 not out, his only test century but he’s hit four fifties with a batting average of 30.52. His bowling average is 30.81 with best figures of 6/17. He’s taken five wickets in an innings three times and ten in a match on one occasion.

Against Australia, Woakes has played six matches scoring 230 runs at an average of 25.55 and taking 15 wickets at a disappointing 46.33 apiece. In the first test he scored 37 not out and 37 taking 4/104. That's the fifth test in a row he has taken at least four wickets in a match.

Jack Leach

He has played five tests for England but none against Australia. He has scored 148 runs with his highest score being 92 as a late night watchman against Ireland this summer. Leach averages 21.14 with the bat. He has taken 20 test wickets at an average of 26.2.

Jofra Archer

The West Indian born bowler only qualified to play for England this year. He was the World Cup hero bowling that legendary super over against New Zealand.

Australia

Tim Paine (capt)

The Australian captain has played 22 test matches. He has scored 1023 test runs but is still looking for his first test century. He reached 1000 test runs in the first test. His highest score is 92 and he averages 34.1 having scored five fifties. He has played six tests against England, all but one played in Australia. Paine has scored 231 runs against England at an average of 38.5 with a highest score of 57. Paine scored 5 and 34 in the first test. He has now gone eight tests without a half century.

Cameron Bancroft

One of the three players banned as a result of the sandpaper scandal. Bancroft has played nine test matches scoring 417 runs with a highest score of 82 not out. He averages 27.8 and has made three half centuries in test cricket. This summer has seen him playing for Durham in the second division of the county championship scoring 726 runs in 17 innings at an average of 45.38.  He scored two centuries and three fifties with a highest score of 158. That form wasn't shown in the first test with scores of only 8 and 7 in his first game played against England.

Pat Cummins

He has played 21 tests for Australia; it’d have been a much higher figure but for injuries. He has scored 559 runs and taken 101 wickets reaching three figures in the first test. His highest test score is 63, one of two half centuries and he averages 20.7. Cummins has a test bowling average of 21.64 with best figures of 6/23. He’s taken five wickets in an innings four times and ten in a match once.


Against England, he has only played six test matches. 197 runs have been scored with 30 wickets taken. His highest score against England is 44 and he averages 39.4 with the bat. His bowling average is 22.76 with a best of 4/32 achieved in the first test. This is his first Ashes series in England. The first test saw him score 5 and 26 not out and he took 7/116 in the match. He has taken 30 wickets in his last five test matches.

Marcus Harris

He has only played six tests for Australia making his debut against India last year. Harris has scored 327 runs at an average of 32.7 with a highest score of 79, one of two half centuries scored. He recently hit a century for Australia A v Sussex. He is the youngest Australian to score a first class 150 and did so in only his third first class match.

Josh Hazlewood

Hazlewood has played 44 tests for Australia scoring 388 runs and taking 164 wickets. His best bowling performance is 6/67 and he’s taken five wickets in an innings six times with an average of 27.14. His best batting performance is 39 with an average of 12.51.
Against England, he’s played nine matches with 55 runs scored and 37 wickets taken. His highest score is 14 not out with an average of 11. His best bowling performance against England is 5/48. Four of those tests were played in England scoring 45 runs (HS 14 not out) and taking 16 wickets at 25.75 with best figures of 3/68. Hazlewood has taken 13 wickets in his last four tests but been dismissed for a duck three times in those games.

Travis Head

Travis has made nine test appearances and made his debut last year against Pakistan. He has totalled 749 runs in 16 innings with a highest score of 161. He averages 49.33 in test match cricket with one century and six fifties. His last five test innings have seen him score 390 runs at an average of 97.5.

The batsman has hit three centuries in England this summer with the most recent being 109 not out against Worcestershire at the weekend. He scored 35 and 51 in the first test, his debut against England.

Usman Khawaja

Aged 32 years old, Khawaja has played 42 test matches. He’s scored 2818 runs with eight centuries and 14 fifties. His highest score is 174 and he averages 42.05. Khawaja played in the recent World Cup scoring three fifties.

He has played in ten test matches against England scoring 558 runs at 32.82. His highest score against England is 171. He doesn't have a great record in England though with his four tests seeing him score just 167 runs at an average of 20.87 with a highest score of 54. The first test saw him score 13 and 40. He has only hit one century in his last eight matches.

Marnus Labuschagne

Born in South Africa, Marnus has played five tests for Australia. He has totalled 210 runs and taken nine wickets. His highest test score is 81 (his only test fifty) and he averages 26.95. The best bowling figures he has achieved are 3/45 and he averages 27.11 with the ball. His last test was against Sri Lanka scoring 6 and 4.

Earlier this summer he played for Glamorgan in the second division of the county championship.  He was in top form too scoring 1114 runs in 18 innings averaging 65.23 (currently fourth best in that division). Labuschagne scored five centuries and five fifties with a top score of 182.

Nathan Lyon

Lyon has played 87 test matches for Australia since debuting eight years ago. He has taken 352 test wickets at an average of 31.87. His best figures are 8/50 and he’s taken five wickets in an innings 15 times and ten in a match twice. He has scored 935 runs at an average of 12.14. His highest score is 47. His last seven tests have seen him score just 34 runs. He’s taken 26 wickets in his last six test matches.

He has played 19 tests against England scoring 168 runs (average 16.8 with a highest score of 18 not out) and taken 74 wickets at 28.21 apiece with best figures of 6/49. Nine of those games have been in England with 71 runs scored at 11.83 and 34 wickets at 26.94 with best figures of 6/49. Those best bowling figures were achieved in the first test. Lyon scored 12 not out and had bowling figures of 9/161.

Mitchell Marsh

Since 2014 he has played 31 tests for Australia hitting 1219 runs and taking 35 wickets. His highest test score is 181 and he’s hit two test tons and three fifties averaging 25.39. 4/61 is his best test bowling analysis but he averages 43.91 with the ball.

Marsh has played six tests against England. He has scored 368 runs with that highest score of 181. His average is 52.57. With the ball he has taken eight wickets at 35.12 with best bowling figures of 3/30.  Three of those games have been played in England scoring just 48 runs and taking eight wickets at 18.62.

Current form isn’t great with 123 runs scored in his last 12 innings with a highest score of 45. He has taken just five wickets in those games averaging 59.

Michael Neser

Another of the squad who was born in South Africa but moved to Australia when ten years old. He has yet to play a test match for Australia. On tour in England this summer, he has taken 13 wickets in six matches (BB 4/18) and scored 49 runs in three innings.

James Pattinson

He made his test debut in 2011 but due to injuries has only played 18 test matches. He’s scored 379 runs at an average of 29.15 with a highest score of 47 not out achieved in the first test of this series.  Pattinson has 72 test wickets at 26.97 with a best bowling figure of 5/27.

The game at Edgbaston was his first test match since February 2016. In the first test, he scored 0 and 47 not out and took 2/82. 

Peter Siddle

Has played 65 tests for Australia in the past 11 years. He has taken 216 test wickets and scored 1124 runs. Siddle’s best test bowling performance has been 6/54 and he’s taken five wickets in an innings on eight occasions with an average of 30.37. His highest test score is 51, one of two test fifties with an average of 14.59.

Siddle has played 22 tests against England. He’s taken 75 wickets (BB 6/54 and av 28.93) and scored 412 runs (HS 43, and av 14.2). Of those, 12 have been played in England with 45 wickets taken and 220 runs scored. His best bowling performance in England has been 5/21 and highest score 44. That came in the first test where he also took 2/80.

Steven Smith

This is his first test series since his ban for the sandpaper incident. He has played 65 test matches and averages 62.96 with the bat. Smith has scored 6485 runs with a highest score of 239.

He’s hit 24 fifties and 25 centuries. With the ball, he has taken 17 test wickets with best bowling figures of 3/18 but at an average of 55.41 but that's still below his batting average.

He has played 24 test matches against England scoring 2312 runs at an average of 60,84. Ten test centuries have been scored with a highest score of 239. In England, Smith has played 11 tests scoring 1139 runs at an average of 56.95 (compared to 65.16 in Australia). His highest test innings in England is 215 with three centuries.

Smith scored a century in both innings in the first test scoring 144 and 142. He wasn't so successful with the ball taking 0-9.

Mitchell Starc

Since 2011 he has played 51 test matches taking 211 wickets and scoring 1377 runs. His best bowling performance is 6/50, taking five wickets in an innings 11 times and ten wickets in a match twice. His bowling average is 28.2. In terms of batting, he has scored nine fifties and averages 21.85 with a highest score of 99.

He has made 12 test appearances against England. 305 runs have been scored and 51 wickets taken. His highest score against England is 66 not out with an average of 19.06. The best bowling performance has been 6/111 at an average of 27.92. In England, he has played eight test matches. 29 wickets have been taken and 261 runs scored. His bowling average is 31.24 (BB 6/111) and highest score 66 not out (average 23.72).

Both his best batting and bowling figures against England were achieved in overseas tests. He has scored 205 runs in his last seven tests with 28 wickets in those games, including ten wickets against Sri Lanka.

Matthew Wade

He has played 23 test matches and scored 997 runs. His highest score is 106 with an average of 30.21. Wade has scored three centuries and four fifties. The game at Edgbaston was his first since September 2017 against Bangladesh.

The first test saw him score 1 and 110 and his bowling analysis was 0/7.

David Warner

The third of the players banned after the sandpaper scandal. He has made 75 test appearances scoring 6373 runs at an average of 47.56. His highest score is 253 with 29 fifties and 21 centuries. He has taken four test wickets at an average of 67.25 with a best bowling analysis of 2/45.

He has played 19 tests against England with 1530 runs scored at an average of 46.36, scoring three centuries. Nine have been played in England scoring 566 runs at an average of 33.29. He has never hit a test century in England with a highest score of only 85. In the first test he scored 2 and 8.

Milestones that can be reached in this Ashes Series

Australia

  • Usman Khawaja will reach 3000 test runs if scoring 182 more runs in this series.
  • Travis Head needs a further 251 runs to reach 1000 in test matches.
  • Nathan Lyon needs 65 runs to reach 1000 runs in test match cricket.
  • 4 more wickets for Lyon will take him above Dennis Lillee in terms of test wickets taken and into third in the all-time list for Australian bowler behind Warne and McGrath.
  • Peter Siddle requires 25 wickets to make it to 100 against England.
  • Four catches will take Steven Smith to 100 in test cricket.
  • 3 more runs will take Matthew Wade to 1000 in test matches.
  • 324 runs will take Warner above Sir Don Bradman in terms of test runs scored.

 

England

  • Joe Root needs 197 more runs to reach 7000 in test cricket and 201 to reach 1000 v Australia.
  • Joe Root also needs just four catches to complete 100 in test matches.
  • If Root scores 194 runs, it’ll take him above Sir Don Bradman in the all-time top test runs list.
  • James Anderson is only one appearance away from 150 test appearances for England.
  • Broad also needs 133 more runs to complete 1000 against Australia.
  • Five wickets will take Broad to 100 wickets
  • Jos Buttler is only 272 runs away from 2000 in test cricket.
  • Chris Woakes needs 18 wickets to reach 100 in test cricket.

An interesting clash in this series will be between Pat Cummins and James Anderson. Cummins currently tops the ICC Bowling rankings with Anderson in second place only 25 points behind.

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