100 Days to Go
Believe it or not but today marks the 100 day countdown to the start of the first Ashes test at Brisbane on 25th November. We’re quite excited by that, so today also sees the launch of our new Ashes 100-1 feature.
Every day between now and the eve of the Gabba test, there will be an Ashes related post that provides a statistic, observation, memory or maybe even a witticism on the greatest contest in cricket.
As today is day number 100, it seems appropriate that this post is dedicated to the list of batsmen who have scored the most hundreds in Ashes contests. 31 batsmen have scored at least five centuries in tests between Australia and England and not surprisingly, several illustrious cricketers are included within their number. The list is headed of course, by one D.G.Bradman:
|DG Bradman (Aus)||37||63||7||5028||334||89.78||19||12|
|JB Hobbs (Eng)||41||71||4||3636||187||54.26||12||15|
|SR Waugh (Aus)||45||72||18||3173||177*||58.75||10||14|
|DI Gower (Eng)||38||69||3||3037||215||46.01||9||11|
|WR Hammond (Eng)||33||58||3||2852||251||51.85||9||7|
|GS Chappell (Aus)||30||55||6||2154||144||43.95||8||10|
|AR Morris (Aus)||24||43||2||2080||206||50.73||8||8|
|RT Ponting (Aus)||31||50||1||2363||196||48.22||8||8|
|H Sutcliffe (Eng)||27||46||5||2741||194||66.85||8||16|
|AR Border (Aus)||42||73||15||3222||200*||55.55||7||19|
|JH Edrich (Eng)||32||57||3||2644||175||48.96||7||13|
|WM Lawry (Aus)||29||51||5||2233||166||48.54||7||13|
|M Leyland (Eng)||20||34||4||1705||187||56.83||7||3|
|MJ Slater (Aus)||20||37||0||1669||176||45.10||7||4|
|DC Boon (Aus)||30||55||7||2041||164*||42.52||6||8|
|G Boycott (Eng)||34||63||7||2579||191||46.05||6||12|
|RN Harvey (Aus)||37||68||5||2416||167||38.34||6||12|
|MA Taylor (Aus)||33||61||2||2496||219||42.30||6||15|
|VT Trumper (Aus)||40||74||5||2263||185*||32.79||6||9|
|ME Waugh (Aus)||29||51||7||2204||140||50.09||6||11|
|WM Woodfull (Aus)||25||41||3||1675||155||44.07||6||8|
|KF Barrington (Eng)||23||39||6||2111||256||63.96||5||13|
|DCS Compton (Eng)||28||51||8||1842||184||42.83||5||9|
|MC Cowdrey (Eng)||43||75||4||2433||113||34.26||5||11|
|ML Hayden (Aus)||20||35||3||1461||197||45.65||5||2|
|L Hutton (Eng)||27||49||6||2428||364||56.46||5||14|
|Hon.FS Jackson (Eng)||20||33||4||1415||144*||48.79||5||6|
|JL Langer (Aus)||21||38||5||1658||250||50.24||5||5|
|CG Macartney (Aus)||26||42||4||1640||170||43.15||5||7|
|AC MacLaren (Eng)||35||61||4||1931||140||33.87||5||8|
|WH Ponsford (Aus)||20||35||2||1558||266||47.21||5||5|
If Ricky Ponting scores at least one hundred in the series, he will join a truly historic group of six players who have scored nine or more Ashes centuries: the greatest batsmen ever, England’s two best batsmen of all-time and arguably their most stylish plus one of the most competitive cricketers there has ever been. That’s quite a group – a bit like Lennon, Strummer, Hendrix, Moon and Morrison taking to the main stage at Heaven’s equivalent of Glastonbury.
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