What a cracking day of Test cricket one has got to witness on the Day 3 at The Gabba. You would be a really happier fan at the end of the day if you are a supporter of Australian team in this Ashes series!
England made early inroads when Shaun Marsh hit Broad straight to Anderson at mid-off which was followed by 2 quick wickets when the visitors opted for the second new ball. Later, Steve Smith combined with Pat Cummins, shared a 66-run stand, to take them close to England’s first innings total.
Later, Cummins fell to a beauty from Woakes who was not so effective with the ball in the first innings until that delivery! However, Steve Smith batted through to score his 21st Test hundred which also helped Australia to take 26-run lead!
England lost Cook and Vince, both wickets to Hazlewood, before taking the smallest lead of 7 runs by stumps on Day 3. I have compiled some of the stats from the play on Day 3 at The Gabba.
72.46 – Steve Smith’s batting average (after 27 Tests) as captain is the second best for any Test captain who has played atleast 5 Tests as captain. Don Bradman’s 101.51 (in 24 Tests) is the first best in this category.
61.23 – Steve Smith has the second best batting average in Tests who has played atleast 50 Tests after Don Bradman’s 99.94 in 52 Tests.
141* – Steven Smith has faced 326 deliveries for his unbeaten 141* in the first innings at The Gabba. This is the fifth time Smith has faced over 300 deliveries in a Test innings and the least he scored in those five innings!
21 – Steve Smith has scored his 21st century in Tests today, most for an Australian player in this format among the non-retired players. David Warner (20) has the second most number of centuries for Australia in this category.
42 – Pat Cummins scored his best score in the longer format of the game. His previous best was unbeaten 33* against Bangladesh.
2/50 – Anderson bowling figures in the first innings at The Gabba, these are his best bowling figures at this venue. This is the 3rd time he picked up 2 wickets in an innings at The Gabba. But he has never picked up more than 2 wickets in a single innings!
9 – Alastair Cook has aggregated just 9 runs in The Gabba Test with the scores of 2 & 7 in the two innings of this Test. This is his 2nd least runs scored in a Test match in Australia. His 4 runs (3 & 1) at the Adelaide Oval in 2013 are his lease in a Test match in Australia.
Steve Smith as captain in Tests
10 half-centuries (scores of 50 – 99)
— Cric Stat (@Cric_Stat) November 25, 2017