215 Innings, One Century: The Cricket Stat That Defies Belief
But not incredible in a good way. The Australian century drought is incredible in a very, very bad way -- and wait'll you see the numbers.
Because we are cricket nerds here at 10 daily, we just trawled through the list of Australian Test innings over the last 12 months. It's here. Be nerdy like us.
So basically we're talking about every Test since the end of the 2017/18 Ashes -- four in South Africa, two in the UAE, four here against India and now this match against Sri Lanka.
You probably already know how few centuries our batsmen have scored in that time. Just the one in fact, by Usman Khawaja in the UAE.
But we counted the actual number of times a batsman has walked to the crease in that 12 months of Test cricket. It's 208. Yes, 208 individual innings for just one century.
And with the departure of both Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head for scores in the 80s today, plus five other batsmen for lesser scores, the tally is currently 215 as we publish this update to our live coverage.
Wait. It's 216. Pat Cummins just got out as Australia slip to 8/287.
Why we can't score centuries anymore is a discussion for another day. For now, we just leave you with the cold, hard miserable facts -- which are at least countered somewhat by the fact Australia is building a handy lead of well over 100 runs.
Scroll down for all the action as it has unfolded today on day two of the Australia vs Sri Lanka test at the Gabba.
Sri Lanka are 1/17 in their second innings, still 162 behind the Aussies.
- Patty Cummins, you beauty!
- Australia all out
- Another duck!
- Head goes for 84
- Labuschagne out for 81
- At last, a partnership!
- Australia lead at lunch
- Harris out in the first over
- The dirt on Kurt(is)