Ashes 2010: 100 Day Countdown starting with Ashes Centuries

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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:

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
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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