Highest total and most sixes Stats at MCG. 8 for 624 declared The highest total at the MCG in Test cricket. Australia beat their own record of 604 runs that was scored in the 1936-37 Ashes. This is also Australia’s highest total against Pakistan surpassing the 617 in Faisalabad in 1979-80.
5.64 Australia’s run rate in the first session on fifth day of this Test; they made 159 runs in 28.1 overs. Steven Smith added 65 to his overnight tally in only 78 balls, while Starc smashed 84 off 91 balls.
369* Runs scored by Smith in his last three innings at the MCG without being dismissed. He scored 134* and 70* in last year’s Boxing Day Test against West Indies and has followed it with 165* in this Test. Smith averages 127.60 in five matches at the MCG, the second highest by any player with five or more innings, behind Don Bradman’s 128.53.
154 Runs added by Smith and Mitchell Starc – the third highest for the seventh wicket at the MCG. Greg Matthews and Graham Yallop had added 185 against Pakistan in 1983-84, which is the highest. This was Australia’s second 150-plus stand of the innings and both came at run rate of more than five – David Warner and Usman Khawaja had shared 198 at 5.55 per over and Smith and Starc at 5.37.
7 Sixes hit by Starc in his 91-ball 84 – the most in an individual innings at the MCG. He bettered Andrew Symonds’ six sixes against South Africa in 2005 Boxing Day Test. This was Starc’s eight fifty of his Test career. For Australia only Mitchell Johnson (12) and Shane Warne (11) have made more fifty-plus scores batting at No. 8 or lower. 14 sixes have been hit in the first two innings of this Test, already the joint most in any MCG Test.
60.63 Smith’s average in Tests after his 165 not out – the highest in his career so far. This is the second time his average has passed 60, at the end of a match. The first was in his 41st Test in Christchurch earlier in this year after he made 138 and 53 not out. His average is now the fifth highest among all batsmen who made 2000-plus runs.
207 Runs conceded by Yasir Shah from his 41 overs – the second most by any bowler in an innings in Australia. His economy rate of 5.04 is the worst by any bowler to have bowled 25 or more overs at the MCG.
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