TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Jos Buttler’s ‘hit wicket’ dismissal after resistance against Australia in the Ashes was the first by an England player in 13 YEARS – while only one team has EVER come from 2-0 down to win a Test series
Jos Buttler was the 32nd different England player to fall hit wicket in a Test – and the first since Andrew Strauss nudged South Africa’s Andre Nel to midwicket at Edgbaston in 2008, and stepped on his stumps.
The only two other England batsmen to have fallen hit wicket in a Test this century are Kevin Pietersen, against West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007, and Mark Butcher, against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2001-02.
But no one can hold a candle to Denis Compton, who hit his own wicket an astonishing five times in his Test career. Among England players, Frank Woolley, who did it twice, is the only other player to have fallen that way more than once.
Jos Buttler stepped on his own stumps, removing a bail, to be dismissed in rare circumstances
The England batsman had fought valiantly before the tourists slumped to another defeat
Compton also holds the world record, two clear of India’s Mohinder Amarnath. Brian Lara is among several players to have hit their own wicket twice in Tests.
Only two England batsmen have fallen hit wicket in ODIs – Jonny Bairstow and Owais Shah. Bairstow is also their only player to have gone that way in T20 internationals.
Buttler’s 207-ball innings was the second-longest of his Test career. He faced 311 against Pakistan at Southampton in 2020, when he made a career-best 152.
Buttler’s 207-ball innings in Adelaide was the second-longest of his England Test career
When Nathan Lyon had Ollie Robinson caught at slip shortly before the end of the second session, he drew level with Shane Warne on 56 Test wickets at Adelaide Oval – more than anyone else.
Lyon has both a better average (26 to Warne’s 30) and strike-rate (60 to Warne’s 72).
Ben Stokes’s second-innings 12 off 77 balls came at a strike-rate of 15 – his lowest for any Test innings in which he has reached double figures.
Only one team has come from 2-0 down to win a Test series – Australia against England in 1936-37, when Don Bradman scored 270, 212 and 169 in successive Tests at Melbourne, Adelaide and Melbourne again.
Ben Stokes’s second-innings 12 off 77 balls came at a strike-rate of 15 – his lowest for any Test innings in which he has reached double figures