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The unchangeables

Steven Lynch
January 18, 2014
Darren Pattinson was a shock inclusion for England's second Test against South Africa at Headingley in 2008 © Getty Images
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Australia were unchanged during the Ashes series. What is the record for successive Tests with exactly the same team? asked Anthony Rogers from England

Australia provided the tenth instance of a team fielding the same side in five successive Tests, although it was only the fourth time that had happened in one five-match series.

The record, though, stands at six successive Tests with the same XI - by England during 2008. Starting with the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington in March, England finished that three-match series with the same side, then fielded the same one throughout the return series against New Zealand at home in May-June, and in the first Test against South Africa at Lord's in July.

After winning four and drawing two of those six games, England then made two changes for the second Test, at Headingley - including the shock selection of the Australian-raised Darren Pattinson - and lost by ten wickets.

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