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West Indies end six-year drought

2009 The last time West Indies won a Test against England, an innings and 23-run victory in Jamaica. This was West Indies’ first win against England in 12 Tests. Since 2000, this was only the third win for West Indies against England in 30 Tests. England won 18 of those games.

5 Number of times West Indies have drawn a series with a win in the last Test. The last time this happened was also at home, against Sri Lanka, when West Indies won the second match of the two-Test series.

2003 The last time West Indies won a Test after making a sub-200 total in the first innings, against Sri Lanka at Sabina Park. Including this win against England, there have been only 13 such instances for West Indies.

2012 The last time England were dismissed for a lower total than their second-innings score of 123. Pakistan had bowled them out for 72 in Abu Dhabi. England’s total in this match was also the eighth lowest by a visiting team and their second lowest at this venue. They were dismissed for 122 in their first innings in a Test in 1981.

18 Wickets lost on the second day of the Test – the most in a day’s play in the West Indies. It wasn’t the most wickets lost in a day between West Indies and England though: 21 wickets had fallen on the second day of the Lord’s Test in 2000.

17 Five-wicket hauls by James Anderson in Tests, including the 6 for 42 he took in the first innings. He has now taken as many five-fors as Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood and Graeme Swann took in their careers. Ian Botham’s 27 hauls are the highest by an England bowler, followed by Sydney Barnes’ 24. Anderson is now joint third on this list.

397 Wickets taken by Anderson in Tests – he went past Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn during this match. Anderson needs nine more to overtake Curtly Ambrose, who is the next highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers. Anderson is now the leading wicket-taker among active fast bowlers. Steyn has 396.

2013 The last time Alastair Cook made a century in Tests before this one. He had gone 19 Tests – 35 innings – without a hundred after the one against New Zealand in May 2013 at Headingly. Cook scored 268 runs in this series at an average of 53.60 – the best he has averaged in his last five series. Cook’s hundred was the 13th by an England captain in a defeat. The last such century was also by Cook, against India in Ahmedabad in 2012.

311 Runs scored by Jermaine Blackwood – the second-highest aggregate by a West Indies No. 6 batsman from three matches or fewer in a Test series. Blackwood was just one run short of Basil Butcher, who made 312 runs at an average of 62.40 in a three-Test series in India in 1958-59.

1998 The last time an England opener made three ducks in a Test series, before Jonathan Trott in this one. Mike Atherton made three ducks in the 1998-99 Ashes in Australia, but he played eight innings to Trott’s six. There have been two other instances of England’s openers getting three ducks in a series: Percy Holmes got three in ten innings in South Africa in 1927-28 and Dennis Amiss got three in the 1974-75 Ashes. Trott’s 72 runs in six innings are the fewest he has scored in any series in which he has played two or more Tests.

15.33 Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s average in this series – his lowest in a home Test series and his lowest since 2006, when he averaged 14.80 from five innings in New Zealand. There have been only three series in Chanderpaul’s career in which he has averaged lower than this.

11 Number of ducks by England batsmen – the most they have made in any series of three Tests or fewer. There were ten ducks in a Test series against New Zealand in 2001-02, the previous highest.

103.80 Average partnership by England’s fourth wicket in this series; they have averaged higher in only three other series that had at least three Tests. The highest they have averaged was also against West Indies, at home in 2004 – 132.16, including five century stands and one fifty stand.

2005 The last time Ian Bell got a pair – at the Oval in the Ashes – in a Test before this one. There have been only five pairs by England’s No. 4 in Tests.

Taken from ESPN Cricinfo

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