Statistical highlights: Day 5, India Vs Australia



Statistical highlights: Day 5, India Vs AustraliaAdelaide: Statistical highlights on the final day of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia on Saturday.

India have lost eight overseas Tests in succession - their worst sequence in a single season - four to England followed by four to Australia.

The aforesaid sequence is their second worst away from home. Between 1959 and 1968, they had lost 17 Tests in a row. Of the 17 successive overseas defeats, India lost 7 Tests by an innings margin.

Australia defeated India by 4-0 - their third clean-sweep over India - the first two were 4-0 in 1967-68 and 3-0 in 1999-2000 - all three in Australia.

Australia have recorded six clean sweeps - minimum four Tests.

Australia have won four Tests in a series against India four times - 4-0 in 1947-48; 4-0 in 1967-68, 4-0 in 1991-92 and 4-0 in 2011-12.

Having lost the previous two Test series to India - 2-0 in 2008-09 and 2-0 in 2010-11, Australia have regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia have maintained their excellent record of not losing a Test series to India in Australia. They have won seven and drawn the remaining three series out of ten played against India in Australia.

Adelaide Test was the only Test in the series which India could take to the fifth day due to Michael Clarke`s late declaration.

With 27 wickets at an average of 17.22, Ben Hilfenhaus is the leading wicket-taker in the series - the most by an Australian bowler in a four-Test series against India in Australia.

Under Virender Sehwag`s leadership, India lost their first ever Test. India had registered one victory each against Sri Lanka (Ahmedabad in 2005-06) and Bangladesh (Chittagong in 2009-10). The 2008-09 Napier Test against New Zealand could not produce a result.

Australia have won seven Tests, lost three and drawn two out of twelve played under Michael Clarke`s captaincy - success % 58.33.

With a magnificent Adelaide victory, Ricky Pontingbecame the first player to post 30 Test hundreds in a winning cause.

Ponting became the first player to complete 9000 runs in winning cause in the history of Test cricket - 9059 at an average of 60.39 in 106 Tests. His tally includes 30 hundreds and 41 fifties.

Australia have won 38 Tests against India - lost 20 out of 82 contested (Tied 1 and Drawn 23) - success % 46.34.

Australia have won six Tests at Adelaide Oval – lost one and drawn three - out of ten contested against India.

Peter Siddle has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the second time in Tests for taking six wickets for 96 runs. He had received his first MOM award against South Africa for capturing eight for 113 a SCG in January 2009.

Michael Clarke has got his third Player of the series award in Tests. He had received one each MOM award against New Zealand in 2008-09 and England in 2009.

Clarke finished the series, with 626 runs at an average of 125.20 - the most in the rubber.

PTI