Statistical highlights on Day 1 of the first Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne [ Images ] Cricket Ground, on Monday.
# The 113-run stand between Ricky Ponting [ Images ] and Ed Cowan is Australia's [ Images ] second highest for the third wicket against India [ Images ] at the MCG. The best is 169 between Don Bradman and Lindsay Hassett in 1947-48.
# Hussey has registered 12 ducks in Tests -- his second against India.
# Hussey has recorded three ducks this year. In 2008, he registered four, the most by him in a calendar year.
# Peter Siddle [ Images ] (34 not out off 80 balls) registered his best knock against India.
# Siddle's aggregate of 179, at an average of 17.90 in seven Tests this year, is his highest in a calendar year in Tests.
# Brad Haddin [ Images ] and Siddle have shared a stand of 63 (unbroken) for the seventh wicket, Australia's second highest against India at MCG behind the 66 between Greg Matthews and Ray Bright in 1985-86.
# Ed Cowan is the 427th player to appear for Australia in Tests.
# Cowan (68) became the second Australian player to score a half-century on Test debut against India at the MCG. Sam Loxton had played an excellent knock of 80 in 1947-48.
# Cowan's magnificent innings is the fourth highest by an Australian opener on Test debut in the last 30 years the best innings being 162 by Kepler Wessels against England [ Images ] at Brisbane [ Images ] in November 1982.
# Ricky Ponting (62 off 94 balls) scored his 10th fifty against India, his 59th in Tests.
# Ponting is the first Australian player to register 10 fifties against India. Three other batsmen have recorded 10 fifties or more in India-Australia Tests -- Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ] (13), Rahul Dravid [ Images ] (12) and VVS Laxman [ Images ] (11).
# Ponting and Dravid now jointly share the second place with 98 fifty-plus innings in Tests. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record, having registered 114 innings of fifty or more -- 51 centuries plus 63 fifties.
# Ponting has aggregated 445 runs at an average of 89.00, including one double century and two half-centuries at the MCG -- the highest by an Australian batsman against India at the venue.
# Ponting took his runs' tally to 1278 (ave.58.09) in 15 Tests at Melbourne Cricket Ground -- the third highest aggregate at the MCG, next only to Don Bradmman -- 1671 (ave.128.53) in 11 Tests and Steve Waugh [ Images ] -- 1284 (ave. 53.50) in 17 Tests.