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THE WEEK IN NUMBERS: PHILANDER'S BEST AND SHORT GOES SUPERSONIC

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122*

Hobart Hurricanes batsman D’Arcy Short smashed the Big Bash’s highest ever score against Brisbane Heat. Short’s unbeaten 122 – including eight fours and eight sixes – bettered Luke Wright’s 117.

The Western Australia batsman is the first to register three 90+ scores in a single BBL season. With 406 runs already under his belt he is well on his way to passing Shaun Marsh’s record (412) for most runs in a Big Bash campaign.

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Sticking with the same BBL match, there was a competition first this week when Brisbane’s Alex Ross became the first man in the competition’s history to be given out for obstructing the field. It’s fair to say his skipper Brendon McCullum wasn’t amused...

Ross was given his marching orders

6-42

Vernon Philander claimed career-best Test innings figures in South Africa’s Cape Town victory over India.

Since 2016, 19 bowlers have taken 50 or more Test wickets with only James Anderson (20.6) having a better average than Philander (20.8) in that period.

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Pat Cummins (23), Josh Hazlewood (21), Nathan Lyon (21) and Mitchell Starc (22) made Australia the first side ever to complete a five-match Test series with just four wicket-takers.

Philander has taken 107 wickets at 18.00 in South Africa

2019

England coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed his intention to stand down following the next Ashes series. Bayliss's contract is due to expire in September 2019 and when it does the Australian will stand aside after what will have been four years in charge of the national team.

47.3

As England’s bowlers wilted at the SCG on day four, Sydney was dealt its hottest day in the city since 1939 with temperatures hitting 47.3C.

Subsequently the MCC’s World Cricket committee have suggested a policy to be put in place in cases of extreme heat. The committee said: "There will be times where there are dangerous weather conditions, it would be silly to disregard that.”

106.80

Jonny Bairstow comes into England’s ODI series against Australia having put up some serious numbers in 2017. The Wicketkeeper-batsman averaged 106.80 in 10 ODIs last year.

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