STATS BOMB: The Ashes of Australia

The 2015 Ashes has been one of the most bewildering test series ever played. All four tests so far have been one-sided, and there has perhaps, never been a series where so little cricket has been played to produce such rapid results. 

However, Cook’s England has regained the Ashes with the Oval test yet to go. This has been a journey of redemption for England, after being destroyed in Australia in 2013. 
 
Let’s take a look at some factual and some not-so-factual numbers from this series.
 
4: Number of Ashes series Australia has lost in England, consecutively
4: Number of Australian fans who still remember that they’re the new World Champions
3: Number of seconds it will take for Shane Warne to blame this mauling on age, fitness, wives, girlfriends, mistresses, baked beans and Marlon Samuels 
 
 
3: Total number of tests won by Australia in England since 2005
2: Number of Ashes series won by Cook as Captain 
13: Number of Ashes tests won by Australia since 2005 (5 in 2007, 5 in 2013)
12: Number of Ashes tests won by England since 2005, including 3 in Australia
 
8: Number of Aussie test careers expected to end after this series
8: Number of hairs left on Steve Smith’s face after failing in four consecutive innings and watching Root take over the no. 1 test batsman ranking
9: Number of beers David Warner must have had after Root became the best batsman in the world 
10: Number of hairs left on coach Darren Lehmann’s head after watching 10 Aussie wickets fall in 111 balls at Nottingham 
 
5: Number of Ashes series England has won since 2005
5: Total number of cricketing days it took for England to win the third and fourth tests 
5: Number of Aussie test wins predicted by McGrath and Warne before the series 
5: Number of humble pies to be had by them and Piers Morgan, who had said he would run for Pope if England won the Ashes without KP under Cook
 
34: The age at which Michael Clarke will end his international career
32: The age at which Misbah-ul-Haq and Michael Hussey started their international careers
50: The age at which the Sri Lankan board wanted Sangakkara to retire 
 
1: Number of tears seen escaping Clarke’s eyes at the presentation ceremony
2: Number of tears seen escaping Cook’s eyes at the same ceremony
0: Number of sober faces seen in the English dressing room an hour later
 
 
 
20: Number of times the word ‘soul-searching’ is being used by Lehmann and the selectors after four tests
21: Number of Australian fans who thought Clarke deserved a full farewell series
23: Number of tests BCCI wanted Clarke to play as part of his two-year long farewell tour
 
80: Probability that Clarke will become a commentator later this year
80: Probability that Afridi will retire for the 20th time in 2015 
70: Probability that BCCI will schedule an abrupt tour to Australia to take advantage of their team in ‘transition’
10: Number of Indian fans who believe that their team could win a test Down Under despite Clarke’s retirement 
 
4: Number of English bowlers to take six-fours in the last four innings
5: Number of heart attacks suffered by test legends like Dravid and Kallis after watching the batting run rates and collapses in this series

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