In Numbers: England's miraculous turnaround and an incredible feat

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ASHES 2019

Ben Stokes scored one of the finest centuries in a win for the ages for England

Ben Stokes scored one of the finest centuries in a win for the ages for England © Getty

England drew level in Ashes 2019 with a breathtaking win in the third Test at Leeds. England did the unthinkable by chasing down 359 after getting bowled out for just 67 in the first innings. Starting the day at 156 for three, England were reduced to 286 for nine before an unbeaten 76-run stand between Ben Stokes (135*) and Jack Leach put England past the finish line.

Stats highlights from England’s heist at Leeds

359 The highest successful fourth innings run chase by England in Test cricket. The previous highest they chased down was 332, also against Australia, at the MCG in Ashes 1928/29.

Highest successful run chases by England

Score Overs Target Against Venue Season
362/9 125.4 359 Aus Leeds 2019
332/7 159.5 332 Aus Melbourne 1928/29
315/4 73.2 315 Aus Leeds 2001
307/6 146.4 305 NZ Christchurch 1996/97
298/4 88.1 297 Aus Melbourne 1894/95
294/4 88 294 NZ Manchester 2008
284/6 71.3 284 NZ Nottingham 2004

76* The unbeaten partnership worth 76 between Stokes and Leach is the second highest 10th-wicket stand in a successful fourth innings run chase in Test cricket history, after 78 between Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando against South Africa in Durban earlier this year.

England exorcised the ghosts of the first innings, and how!

England exorcised the ghosts of the first innings, and how! ©Cricbuzz

4 This was the fourth instance of England winning a Test by a margin of one wicket and the first since beating South Africa in Cape Town in 1922/23. The other two such wins came against Australia at the Oval in 1902 and at the MCG in 1907/08. England’s score of 362 is the highest ever in a fourth innings chase which the batting side won by a wicket.

4 This was the fourth instance of a team successfully chasing down 300-plus in the fourth innings in Tests played at Leeds – the most ever such instances at a single venue. The next most at a single venue is three in Kingsmead, Durban.

300+ run chases at Leeds

Team Score Overs Target Against Season
Australia 404/3 114.1 404 England 1948
England 362/9 125.4 359 Australia 2019
West Indies 322/5 91.2 322 England 2017
England 315/4 73.2 315 Australia 2001

2 Stokes became the fourth England player to score two or more fourth innings hundreds in Ashes Tests. Stokes emulated Herbert Sutcliffe (three), Jack Hobbs and Graham Gooch during the feat.

8 Sixes hit by Stokes in his innings of 135* – the most ever by a player in the history of Ashes Tests. The previous most was seven by Kevin Pietersen at the Oval in 2005.

67by England in their first innings is the fourth lowest total for which a team has been dismissed before going on to win the Test. All the previous three instances came in the 19th century and were between England and Australia.

The incredible stand had a contribution of just one run from Leach

The incredible stand had a contribution of just one run from Leach ©Cricbuzz

5.40 Ratio of England’s second and first innings scores in the Test match – the highest ever for a team that successfully chased down the fourth innings target. The previous highest such ratio was Australia’s 4.48 when they chased down 336 against South Africa in Durban in 1949/50, after getting bowled out for just 75 in their first innings.

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