In the turn of this century run rate of 3 per over was considered fast-scoring for Test cricket.
Australia started this trend of scoring fast, and interestingly their rate was 4.27 per over during their tour of UK in 2001. It was after an epic battle in India(March 2001 series which Australia lost) that paved the way for this aggression!.
The batting of Michael Slater in the first test(Edgbaston) initiated the pace, and the series concluded with the birth of Hayden-Langer opening partnerships, which became one of the best(best ever for Australia)opening pair in Test history.
In the last few years Australia’s playing XI was established, and it was no surprise that Steve Waugh(arguably best ever Test captain)and the selectors used only 13 players(see below) to play the 5-test series, and only 6 bowled in the entire 5-Test series!.
Here is a look at Australia’s statistical performance.