Australia v England: Second Ashes Test Factfile
Adelaide: Factfile on the second Ashes Test between Australia and England starting at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Second Test- Adelaide Oval, December 3-7
England may fancy their chances at the picturesque Adelaide Oval, where they have won eight of 29 Ashes Tests (five drawn) with a victory there four tours ago in 1995.
Adelaide, the home ground of the legendary Don Bradman where his influence still looms large, has a reputation as a flat batting wicket and the rock-hard pitch scuffing up the ball can be conducive to reverse swing, which works in the England bowlers’ favour.
Paul Collingwood scored 206 and Kevin Pietersen made 158 in a highest first innings of 551 for six in the corresponding Test on the last 2006-07 tour, but England still lost when Shane Warne spun Australia to victory with 4-49.
Spinners are more likely to take wickets on the drier Adelaide wicket.
Adelaide Oval head-to-head record: Played 29 Australia won 16, England 8, drawn 5.
Highest scores: Australia 582 (1920-21); England 551 for 6 (2006-07)
Lowest completed scores: Australia 100 (1891-92); England 124 (1894-95)
Biggest wins: Australia 382 runs (1894-95); England innings and 230 runs (1891-92), 338 runs (1932-33)
Highest individual score: Bob Simpson (AUS) 225 (1965-66); Paul Collingwood (ENG) 206 (2006-07).
Highest individual score (vs allcomers): Don Bradman (AUS) 299no v South Africa 1931-32.
Best bowling (innings): Albert Trott (AUS) 8-43 (1894-95); Jack White (ENG) 8-126 (1928-29)
Highest partnership: Bob Simpson-Bill Lawry (AUS) 244 1st wkt (1965-66); Paul Collingwood-Kevin Pietersen (ENG) 310 4th wkt (2006-07)