England’s series win in India by numbers
11:01 17 December 2012
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England comfortably drew the final Test in Nagpur to seal their first Test series success in India for nearly 28 years.
Here, London24 looks at the series by numbers.
Alastair Cook became the first England batsman to make 23 Test centuries when he reached three figures in the third Test in Kolkata. The England captain struck three hundreds and was the leading run-scorer in the series with 562 at an average of 80.28.
Cheteshwar Pujara began the series with a double hundred in Ahmedabad and followed that up with a century in the first innings in Mumbai. He only went on to score another 56 runs in the next four innings but still finished as India’s leading scorer.
Graeme Swann and Pragyan Ojha finished as the joint highest wicket-takers. While the England off-spinner’s scalps came at an average of 24.75, Ojha’s was 30.75.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was hyped up by the Indians heading into this series but his 14 wickets came at an expensive average. He may be retained by his country after showing some mettle with the bat.
Ian Bell has been criticised for his lack of runs on the sub-continent and while this average is flattered by two not-out innings, the right-hander finally scored his first century (116no) in India in the final Test in Nagpur today.
Despite struggling initially, Anderson came into his own in the last two Tests and his 12 wickets across the four matches pushed his career total close to 300 scalps.