TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: The most boundaries EVER in a Test match, Zak Crawley flops again… and a Jonny Bairstow ton that wasn’t quite quick enough for the record books!
- England beat New Zealand by five wickets on an epic final day at Trent Bridge
- Jonny Bairstow was the star, hitting 136 from just 92 balls to spearhead victory
- Zak Crawley struggled again but there was another James Anderson landmark
It was a glorious day for England’s cricketers as Jonny Bairstow’s magnificent century sealed a victory over New Zealand that will go down in the history books.
But it wasn’t just Bairstow’s heroic century that will live long in the memory.
Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH has a statistical look at a dramatic fifth day at Trent Bridge.
Jonny Bairstow’s sensational century guided England to a gripping win over New Zealand
Jonny Bairstow’s hundred from 77 balls was the second-fastest for England in history. The only faster ton was by Gilbert Jessop, who took one ball fewer (76) to reach three figures against Australia at the Oval in 1902.
This was the highest-scoring of the 65 Tests held at Trent Bridge, with 1,675 runs. The previous record was 1,496 back in 1938, when Australia replied to England’s 658 for eight with 411 and, following on, 427 for six — though that match was played over four days.
The game also saw the most boundaries in a single Test — 249, made up of 225 fours and 24 sixes. According to Sky Sports statistician Benedict Bermange, it beat the 242 (238 fours and four sixes) between Australia and India at Sydney in 2003-04.
Bairstow’s dynamic century contributed to a record number of boundaries in a single Test
Only three teams have lost a Test after scoring more than New Zealand’s 553 in the first innings of the game: Bangladesh lost after making 595 for eight against New Zealand at Wellington in 2016-17, Australia after making 586 against England at Sydney in 1894-95, and Australia again after making 556 against India at Adelaide in 2003-04.
This was the highest successful run-chase in the fourth innings at Trent Bridge, beating England’s own 284 for six against New Zealand in 2004.
Ollie Pope equalled the Test record for the most innings from the start of a career without a duck — this was his 44th, level with Australia’s Jim Burke.
Zak Crawley’s second-innings duck means he has now been dismissed in single figures in 21 of his 42 Test innings. On another seven occasions, he has failed to reach 20.
Zak Crawley has now been dismissed in single figures in 21 of his 42 Test innings
James Anderson has taken as many Test wickets since turning 30 as Ian Botham’s Test career
Trent Boult’s 17 runs helped him pull clear of Muttiah Muralitharan to become the highest-scoring No 11 in Test history. He now has 640 runs from that position at an average of 16.
James Anderson has now taken as many Test wickets since turning 30 (383) as Ian Botham managed during his entire Test career.
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