James Anderson's eight ducks with the bat and other remarkable Ashes numbers

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Anderson has far too many ducks to his name when it comes to the Ashes.

Less than 48 hours remain for the Ashes series between England and Australia to get underway at Edgbaston with the two old foes set to battle it out once again for the historic urn.

The Ashes have become a permanent fixture in the cricket calendar and developed into the fiercest red-ball rivalry in international cricket.

As England and Australia prepare for the first Test which begins at Edgbaston on August 1, we look at some of the numbers behind the historic series.

33 – It is the number of Ashes series won by Australia compared to the 32 for England. The Aussies inched ahead in the rivalry with their 4-0 triumph Down Under in 2017-18.

5 – Only five of the 70 Ashes series conducted since 1882 have ended in a draw.

2001 – The last time Australia captured an Ashes series on England soil. Steve Waugh and his Aussie side then prevailed by 4-1 over an English side led by Nasser Hussain.

2 – The lowest margin of victory in any Ashes Test so far. It happened in the 2005 series in England where the hosts won the second Test at Edgbaston by just two runs before recapturing the urn with a dramatic 2-1 win.

195 – Is the number of Ashes wickets picked up Australia leg-spin legend Shane Warne. It is the most by any bowler in the history of the series.

5028 – The number of Ashes runs scored by Sir Don Bradman. It is the most by any batsman in Ashes history and came in 37 matches at an astounding average of nearly 90.

19 – Is the highest number of wickets picked up by a bowler in a single Ashes Test. It was achieved by Jim Laker in the 1956 series in England at Old Trafford. Laker picked up nine wickets in the first innings before becoming the first bowler in the world to claim all 10 wickets in the second innings.

8 – The number of Ashes tons scored by Australia’s Steve Smith. It is the most by any active batsman among the two teams and sixth in the all-time list.

Smith simply loves batting against England.

Smith simply loves batting against England.

36 – The lowest innings total in Ashes history. It was achieved by Australia all the way back in 1902 at Birmingham. The match still ended in a draw with rain playing spoilsport for England.

903 – Is the highest total in Ashes history. The score was registered by England in 1938 at the Oval in London.

8 – The number of Ashes ducks registered by England pace veteran James Anderson. It is the most by any player currently active in international cricket.

1972 – The last time an Ashes series ended in a draw. The series finished at 2-2 with England retaining the urn as holders.

3 – The number of times a team has been whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes. England have been on the receiving end on all three occasions with the most recent of them coming in 2013-14.

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