Statistical highlights of day four of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the SCG.
# Australia have registered run-rate of 6.27 while batting in their second innings – the second highest when 240 balls or more have been faced – the highest is 6.80 by South Africa during their total of 340 for three wickets declared against Zimbabwe at Cape Town in March 2005.
# Umesh Yadav has recorded a run-rate of 4.66 in the series – the worst by an Indian bowler (minimum 600 balls). The said run-rate is the third worst in a Test series behind West Indian, Fidel Edwards’ 4.81 vs South Africa in 2003-04 and Australia’s Brett Lee’s 4.72 vs India in 2003-04.
# Brad Haddin has become the fourth Australian wicketkeeper and the eighth in Tests to complete 250 catches or more.
# Joe Burns (66) has posted his highest Test score, bettering the 58 in the first innings of the Sydney Test. These two innings are his only half-centuries in Tests.
# Burns’ outstanding strike rate of 169.23 is the highest by an Australian player in a Test innings against India and the second highest behind Adam Gilchrist’s 172.88 during his unbeaten innings of 102 off 59 balls vs England at Perth in 2006-07. (minimum 50).
# For the first time in a Test series, eight totals of 400 or more have been posted and also for the first time, both teams have registered 400 runs or more in their first innings in each of the game in a four-Test rubber.
# Ravichandran Ashwin’s excellent figures of 4 for 105 are his best in a Test innings in Australia, surpassing the 3 for 81 at Melbourne in December 2011.
# Ravichandran Ashwin has completed his 50 wickets (ave. of 34.64) in ten Tests vs Australia. He became the eighth Indian bowler to complete 50 wickets or more against Australia. Anil Kumble, with 111 wickets at 30.32 runs apiece in 20 Tests, heads the charts.
# Ashwin became the ninth Indian Test all-rounder to complete the double of 1000 runs or more and 100 wickets or more in Tests – his stats being 1006 (ave.37.25) runs and 119 (ave.30.67) wickets in 24 Tests.
# Ashwin’s fantastic performance of reaching the all-round feat in 24 Tests is the third quickest in the history of Test cricket behind Ian Botham (21) and Vinoo Mankad (23).
# During the last 23 years, Ashwin is the second Indian spinner after Anil Kumble to claim four wickets in an innings in Australia.
# Ashwin has recorded four half-centuries in Tests – two each vs Australia and England.
# Chris Rogers has posted six consecutive innings of 50 or more in Tests – 55 & 55 at Brisbane, 57 & 69 at Melbourne and 95 & 56 at Sydney, emulating an Australian record for most successive half-centuries in Tests, held by Jack Ryder, Doug Walters, Greg Chappell, Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Michael Hussey, Phil Jaques and David Warner.
# Steven Smith has amassed 769 runs at an average of 128.16 – the highest by a player in a four-Test series – the third highest by any player in four Tests in a series behind Vivian Richards (829 at an average of 118.42 in four Tests vs England in 1976. He had not played in the Lord’s Test) and Sunil Gavaskar (774 runs at an average of 154.80 in four Tests vs West Indies in 1970-71, having made his Test debut in the second Test at Port of Spain)
# Smith’s aggregate is now the highest by any batsman in a Test series between India and Australia, outstripping Don Bradman’s 715 (ave.178.75) in five Tests in 1947-48.
# In the current rubber, the bowlers have conceded 100 runs or more 24 times – the most instances of this unwanted feat in a Test series, bettering the 23 in Australia-England series of 1924-25.