2009-01-01 00:00

SYDNEY — South Africa’s famous victory against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday gave rise to a number of fascinating stats, including the fact that SA has become the first nation to defeat every other Test team in a series both home and away.

Listed below are a number of statistics supplied by Andrew Samson, CSA’s official statistician:

• South Africa were still 253 runs in arrears when the sixth wicket fell in their first innings. Only six teams have been further behind at the fall of their sixth wicket in the first innings and gone on to win the match.

• South Africa have become the first team to win a Test series both at home and away against all nine opponents. This excludes one-off Tests. Australia have won home series against all nine opponents and away series against all opponents except Zimbabwe, whom they have not played in a series there.

• SA became the third team to win 11 Tests in a calendar year, after the 1984 Windies and 2004 England teams.

• For the first time in their history, South Africa have now won more Tests (119) than they have lost (118). Prior to 1970 South Africa won 38 and lost 77 of their 172 tests with 57 draws. Since 1992 they have won 81 and lost 41 of their 168 tests with 46 draws. They now have an overall winning percentage of 35.00, which has put them in second place of all time, passing England who had a better record prior to their series in India.

• Dale Steyn’s 76 is the joint ninth highest by a number 10 batsman in a test match and the second highest by a South African.

• Steyn provided the 22nd instance of a player scoring a fifty and taking 10 wickets in the same Test. The only other South African to do this was Fanie de Villiers (66*, 6-81 and 4-27) v Pakistan in Johannesburg in 1997/98.

• Steyn took his 150th wicket in his 29th Test. He is joint fourth-fastest to this milestone and joint fastest South African with Hugh Tayfield.

• Graeme Smith’s 1 656 runs in the calendar year is the third most in Test cricket.

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