The sporting week in numbers

England's Rickie Lambert, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during an international friendly soccer match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo / AP
England's Rickie Lambert, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during an international friendly soccer match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo / AP

The sporting week in numbers, compiled by APNZ's Daniel Richardson and Kris Shannon.

10 - With only 10 minutes of test experience to his name, Auckland's Steven Luatua will start at blindside flanker for the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Sydney. Luatua was a late replacement for Liam Messam who suffered a hamstring strain at training yesterday.

20 - During this week's fourth Ashes test, English batsman Ian Bell brought up his 20th test century when he made 113 in England's second innings. Bell's knock laid the platform for England to win by 74 runs. Bell, 31, has made 6425 runs at an average of 46.89 in 92 tests.

65 - Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson, who has enjoyed a great year on the second-tier Web.com Tour in the USA, fired a six-under 65 in round one of the News Sentinel Open in Nashville, Tennessee today. Wilkinson's round was good enough to see him hold a share of the lead after the first round.

31 - Journeyman striker Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch in international football as he helped England defeat Scotland 3-2 in a friendly at Wembley yesterday. Lambert, a 31-year-old former beetroot factory worker, spared England's blushes with a 70th-minute header after coming on as a substitute.

8 - Eight different Wellington Lions crossed the tryline during their 55-16 rout of Counties Manukau in the opening match of the ITM Cup in Pukekohe last night. Wings, front-rowers and midfield backs all got in on the try-scoring action as Wellington started their season in style.

28 - While 28 is relatively old in the world of women's tennis, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli's retirement announcement still shocked the sport. The reigning Wimbledon champion unexpectedly declared she would hang up her racket after losing in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters yesterday.

100 - If the All Blacks can draw first blood in the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday night, it will mark New Zealand's 100th test victory over the Wallabies from 146 matches. The clash at Sydney's Olympic stadium will be the sides' 13th at the venue, with the ledger currently level at six victories apiece.

22 - Lauren Jackson, widely regarded as one of the greatest women's basketball players of all time, showed New Zealand what all the fuss was about in her first game on these shores. Jackson led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Opals ran out easy victors over the Tall Ferns.

13 - New York Yankees slugger Alfonso Soriano enjoyed an historic 48 hours this week, becoming the third man since 1920 to drive in at least six runs in back-to-back games. Soriano managed 13 runs batted in, as well as four homers, over the course of two big wins over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

4 - With her fourth consecutive athletics world championship, Valerie Adams joined an elite band of athletes to dominate their respective disciplines. Sprinter Michael Johnson, middle distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj and long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie are others with four straight titles.

- APNZ

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