Test Match Career
Over Boycott's 18 year career he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches for England. He was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs and, as of 2012, is fourth on England's all-time run scoring list (behind Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart and David Gower). His average of 47.72 runs over 193 innings is the highest completed career average among England players since 1970. His Test career included 22 centuries (an England record held jointly with Wally Hammond and Colin Cowdrey). England did not lose a Test match in which he scored a century and only 20 of his 108 Tests ended in defeat. John Arlott wrote in 1979 that "any expectation of an English win, except in freak bowling conditions, is based on a major innings from Boycott."
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... but in first-class matches leading up to the Tests he was less successful ... He did not play in the first two Test matches, both of which were lost by England, but was selected for the third when the selectors altered the bowling attack ... During the match, a series of injuries to colleagues left Kilner with a heavy workload ...
... overs) The psychological battles before the match included many Australian statements to the press about how the pitch "played into hands", that England had been "spending too ... would choose to bowl first and would win, as had happened in 12 of the 13 Tests at Edgbaston since 1991 ... back strongly, becoming the first team to hit 400 runs in a first day of Test cricket against Australia since 1938 ...
... England, having been on top in the last two Tests, were unchanged ... Overnight, the match was evenly poised with England 229 for 4 ... to 177 before Flintoff was lbw to Tait for 102, his first Test century against Australia ...
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