The week in numbers: w/e 19/2/12

Hoy won two events at the Track World Cup meeting in London (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4 – Gold medals won by the British cycling team at the Track World Cup event at London’s Olympic velodrome. Sir Chris Hoy won in the individual sprint and keirin, while Joanna Rowsell won the women’s individual pursuit and the women’s team won the team pursuit. Britain also won a silver and two bronze medals.

45 – Balls required by South Africa’s Richard Levi to hit the fastest-ever Twenty20 international century. He finished with an unbeaten 117 from 51 balls, including a record 13 sixes, as South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton.

10 – Points deducted from Rangers after the club was put into administration last week owing up to £75m to HM Revenue & Customs. Despite the deduction, they remain six points clear of third-placed Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

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The week in numbers: w/e 9/10/11

Vettel confirmed his second F1 title, the youngest driver ever to do so (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

0.009 – In seconds, the gap by which Sebastian Vettel beat Jenson Button to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, equivalent to an estimated 69 centimetres.

24 – Despite finishing third behind Button, at the age of 24 years 99 days Vettel nonetheless became Formula 1‘s youngest double world champion, breaking Fernando Alonso’s record from 2006 (when he was 25).

3 – Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored all three goals in the England under-21 team’s 3-0 win in Iceland.

13Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt all failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. They have won 13 of the previous 27 tournaments between them.

2Andy Murray won a tournament for the second straight week as he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the Japan Open 3-6 6-2 6-0.

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The week in numbers: w/e 12/6/11

A quick half-century for Finn

50 – At 23 years and 63 days, Steven Finn became the youngest England bowler to take 50 Test wickets in the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

4Amit Mishra took 4/31 as India beat the West Indies by seven wickets in the second one-day international at Port of Spain.

9 – English golfer Robert Rock won his first European Tour title after nine years, winning the Italian Open by one stroke. He led after each of the four rounds.

216 – Singles ranking of British tennis player James Ward, who defeated Stan Wawrinka (world number 14) and defending champion Sam Querry (number 26) to reach the semi-finals of the Aegon Championship at Queen’s Club.

11,716 – In pounds, prize money won by Ward in 2011 prior to the Aegon Championships. He earned £22,500 at Queen’s Club.

Wiggins became only the third British rider to win the Dauphiné

3Bradley Wiggins became only the third British cyclist to win the Critérium du Dauphiné, after Brian Robinson in 1961 and Robert Millar in 1990.

5 – Time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara won the opening prologue at the Tour de Suisse for the fifth time.

15.159 – Winning margin in seconds of Casey Stoner, who took victory in the British Moto GP at Silverstone to move ahead of Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the championship standings.

6McLaren‘s Jenson Button won the rain-hit Canadian Grand Prix despite visiting the pit-lane six times during the race (five pit-stops, one drive-through penalty).

92 – Despite losing the lead to Button on the final lap, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel nonetheless has 161 out of a possible 175 points after seven races – 92% of the maximum possible. Button is now second, 60 points behind.

5 – There were five safety car periods during the Canadian GP.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports and @InfostradaLive.)

The week in numbers: w/e 30/1/11

15Barcelona‘s 3-0 win over Hércules was their 15th consecutive victory in La Liga, tying the Spanish league record held by Real Madrid.

1 – This was the first time in the Open era that both the number one (Caroline Wozniacki) and two (Vera Zvonareva) seeds were knocked out in the Australian Open semi-finals.

Clijsters won her fourth Grand Slam singles title

4Kim Clijsters defeated Li Na to win her fourth Grand Slam singles title – her first outside the US Open.

7Andy Murray became the sixth British male finalist since Fred Perry‘s US Open win in 1936 to reach a Grand Slam final and lose: Henry ‘Bunny’ Austin (French 1937, Wimbledon 1938), John Lloyd (Australia 1977), Greg Rusedski (US 1997) and Murray himself (US 2008, Australia 2010, Australia 2011).

3 – Murray becomes the first male player ever to lose his first three Grand Slam finals in straight sets, as he succumbed to Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-2 6-3.

2Alberto Contador stands to be the second Tour de France winner in the last five years to be stripped of his title, after the Spanish cycling federation proposed a 12-month ban for a positive drugs test at July’s Tour.

102Jonathan Trott scored 102 off 126 balls as England won the fourth one-day international against Australia by 21 runs.

53Steven Finn and Jimmy Anderson set a record England tenth wicket partnership in one-day matches of 53, but England still lost the fifth ODI yesterday, giving Australia an unassailable 4-1 series lead.

7 – Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was beaten over 100 metres for the first time in seven years at the IPC athletics world championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. He finished 0.03s behind the USA’s Jerome Singleton.

The FA Cup 4th round in numbers

4Aston Villa have now beaten Blackburn in four domestic cup ties in the past two seasons. Their 3-1 win meant they have knocked Rovers out of the Carling Cup and the FA Cup both this and last season.

6Crawley Town, who won 1-0 at Torquay United, became only the sixth non-league club since World War II to reach the fifth round, and the first since Kidderminster Harriers in 1994.

1Wolves‘ 1-0 defeat marked the first time (in seven attempts) they have ever been knocked out of the Cup by Stoke.

0 – After their 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, Southampton have now won none of their eight home FA Cup matches against United (four draws, four defeats).

8Hereford United‘s 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday means they have reached the fourth round eight times in their history, and lost on each occasion.

30Arsenal‘s 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town meant they became only the second club ever to go 30 home matches unbeaten in the FA Cup. Sheffield Wednesday were the first (1923-1947).

24 – Arsenal have lost none of their 24 FA Cup ties against lower division opposition under Arsène Wenger.

1 – Their 4-0 defeat at Fulham means that 2011 is the first time since 1951 that Tottenham Hotspur have failed to reach at least the 5th round of the FA Cup in a year ending in ‘1’.

0 – Total cost (in transfer fees) of Notts County‘s starting XI in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City – nine free transfers and two loanees.

138,000,000 – Total cost in pounds of Manchester City’s starting XI in the same game.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times@InfostradaLive@StatManJon and

The Ashes in numbers

Despite a brief rain delay, England duly completed a dominant win in Sydney in the early hours of this morning – the exclamation point on a 3-1 series victory – having already ensured they would retain the Ashes in Melbourne.

Each of England’s three wins have been by an innings margin, but that only begins to tell the tale of a series which the tourists – despite a major wobble in Perth which allowed Australia to level the scores – have largely dominated ever since recovering from a hesitant start in Brisbane.

All the hand-wringing over the decline of an Australian side which has dominated world cricket for nearly two decades should take nothing away from a talented and resilient England team which is now very much in the ascendancy. Here is the story of how England broke their 24-year wait for a series victory in Australia – in numbers.

The series in numbers

First Test, Brisbane (November 25th-29th): England 260 (Siddle 6/54) & 517/1 dec (Cook 235*, Trott 135*, Strauss 110) drew with Australia 481 (Hussey 195, Haddin 136, Finn 6/125) & 107/1. Series level 0-0.

Second Test, Adelaide (December 3rd-7th): England 620/5 dec (Pietersen 227, Cook 148) beat Australia 245 & 304 (Swann 5/91) by an innings and 71 runs. England lead 1-0.

Third Test, Perth (December 16th-19th): Australia 268 & 309 (Hussey 116, Tremlett 5/87) beat England 187 (Johnson 6/38) & 123 (Harris 6/47) by 267 runs. Series level 1-1.

Fourth Test, Melbourne (December 26-30): England 513 (Trott 168*, Siddle 6/75) beat Australia 98 & 258 by an innings and 157 runs. England lead 2-1 and retain the Ashes.

Fifth Test, Sydney (January 3-7): England 644 (Cook 189, Prior 118, Bell 115) beat Australia 280 & 281 by an innings and 83 runs. England win the series 3-1.

The teams in numbers

4 – England posted the four highest innings totals in the series.

4 – England passed 500 in four of their seven innings.

1 – Conversely, Australia scored over 400 only once – 481 in the opening innings of the first Test – and failed to pass 300 in six of their nine completed innings.

644 – Highest innings total, by England in the 5th Test in Sydney.

98 – Lowest innings total, by Australia in the 4th Test in Melbourne.

90 – England claimed 90 wickets during the series, versus just 56 for Australia.

17 – Number of players used by Australia during the series. England employed just 13.

Data courtesy of Cricinfo

Batting in numbers

6 – Despite batting three times fewer (seven innings versus ten), England had six of the top ten run-scorers in the series.

Alastair Cook was the leading run-scorer in the series (image courtesy of WIkipedia)

766Alastair Cook was the leading run-scorer in the series, with 766 runs at an average of 127.66.

235 – Cook also had the highest individual score of the series, 235 not out in the second innings in Adelaide.

570Michael Hussey was Australia’s top batsman with 570 runs, but his otherwise impressive average of 63.33 was less than half that of Cook.

5 – Number of England batsmen who scored at least 300 runs in the series (Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Andrew Strauss) – versus just three for Australia (Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin).

4 – Number of batsmen who averaged 60 or more in the series. Three were English (Cook, Trott, Bell).

329 – The unbeaten stand of 329 between Cook and Trott in the first Test was the highest partnership of the series.

15 – There were 15 century partnerships during the series, 11 of them by English batsmen.

Ponting endured a miserable series as both captain and batsman

16.14 – Batting average of Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who scored just 113 runs in four Tests. Bowlers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson both scored more runs and had a higher batting average than Ponting.

51.14 – England’s average runs per wicket during the series, getting on for double Australia’s average of 29.23.

3 – Number of centuries scored by Australian batsmen during the series (two for Hussey, one for Haddin).

3 – Number of centuries scored by Alastair Cook during the series. (As a team, England had nine courtesy of six different batsmen.)

6 – In total, there were six innings of 150 or more, but only one by an Australian (Hussey’s 195 in Brisbane).

21 – Number of sixes in the entire series. Haddin contributed five on his own, Hussey three.

81 – Unsurprisingly, no batsmen hit more fours in the series than Cook’s 81.

3 – Of the 30 men who batted in the series, only three (Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Michael Beer) failed to score a boundary.

Data courtesy of Cricinfo

Bowling in numbers

Anderson led all bowlers with 24 wickets

24 – Number of wickets taken by Jimmy Anderson, the most on either side, and nine more than the leading Australian Mitchell Johnson.

8 – Number of bowlers who took 10 or more wickets in the series. Five were English, including the top two wicket-takers, Anderson and Chris Tremlett.

7 – Number of times a bowler took at least five wickets in an innings. Only three of these five-fors were by an English bowler (Swann, Tremlett, Finn), indicating a much more even distribution of wickets by the tourists.

5 – Bowlers captured six wickets in a single innings on five occasions, four by Australians: Peter Siddle (twice), Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris.

Johnson's destructive bowling in Perth was a rare high spot for the Aussies

9 – Johnson had the best individual match performance, taking 9/82 in Australia’s sole victory in Perth. In the same match, Harris claimed 9/106.

43.2 – Chris Tremlett took a wicket every 43.2 balls, the best strike rate among regular bowlers in the series.

6 – Six regular bowlers had a strike rate of better than a wicket every ten overs (60 balls) over the course of the series. Four were English (Anderson, Tremlett, Finn, Tim Bresnan).

3 – Three of England’s bowlers (Bresnan, Tremlett, Anderson) averaged fewer than 30 runs per wicket. Only one Australian (Harris) did.

Data courtesy of Cricinfo

Fielding in numbers

Prior took 23 catches and added a hundred with the bat

23 – England wicketkeeper Matt Prior claimed 23 dismissals in the series, all catches. Six of these came in Australia’s first innings in Melbourne, the most by any fielder in the series.

10 – All ten Australian first innings wickets in Melbourne fell to catches behind square.

9 – Despite a poor series with the bat, Paul Collingwood had nine catches – one more than Australian wicketkeeper Haddin.

3 – Collingwood (in Perth) and Kevin Pietersen (in Melbourne) were the only non-wicketkeepers to take three catches in a single match.

And finally, a few random numbers

0 – Stuart Broad’s first-ball duck in his only innings in Brisbane meant he was the only player not to score a run in the entire series.

Siddle gave himself his own birthday present with an opening day hat-trick

26 – Peter Siddle celebrated his 26th birthday by recording a hat-trick on the opening day of the first Test. He was the fifth Australian to register a hat-trick against England.

1 – England’s first innings in Sydney was the first time ever in a Test Match innings that the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets all produced century partnerships (154, 107 and 102 runs, respectively).

9 – England batsmen have scored nine centuries in the series, the most ever by any visiting team in Australia. Other than England, no touring side in Australia has ever scored more than six hundreds in a series.

6 – During the third Test, Michael Hussey recorded his sixth straight score of over fifty in Ashes matches, the only man ever to achieve this feat.

3 – Australia lost by an innings three times during the series – the first time they have done so against any opponent.

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