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India tour of England 2014: “Nott” the usual Trent Bridge numbers

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Trent Bridge will host the first Test between India and England © Getty images

India open their 2014 tour of England at the ancient ground of Trent Bridge. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the key numbers from over a century’s cricket at the ground.

Test cricket has been played at Trent Bridge from 1899. It was the fourth English ground to host Test cricket, and is one of the highest scoring grounds in the country — to the extent that Neville Cardus had once called it “a Lotus-land for batsmen, a place where it was always afternoon and 360 for two wickets.”

Trent Bridge is also the headquarter of Nottinghamshire — the county one easily identifies with Robin Hood, that outlaw of Sherwood who became England’s cult hero. The Nottinghamshire logo, hence, is that of an archer.

Let us have a look at the numbers at Trent Bridge, then.

First Test Tests Decided % Decided Balls Runs Wickets Ave SR Econ
The Oval 1880 96 59 61.50% 1,96,321 93,235 2,893 32.23 67.9 2.85
Old Trafford 1884 75 40 53.30% 1,46,372 66,891 2,153 31.07 68 2.74
Lord’s 1884 128 80 62.50% 2,56,592 1,23,073 3,970 31 64.6 2.88
Trent Bridge 1899 59 37 62.70% 1,27,445 57,995 1,801 32.2 70.8 2.73
Headingley 1899 73 55 75.30% 1,46,752 68,599 2,313 29.66 63.4 2.8
Edgbaston 1902 47 32 68.10% 90,900 44,518 1,400 31.8 64.9 2.94
Bramall Lane 1902 1 1 100.00% 1,564 823 40 20.58 39.1 3.16
Riverside 2003 5 5 100.00% 8,083 4,767 152 31.36 53.2 3.54
Sophia Gardens 2009 2 1 50.00% 4,147 2,339 50 46.78 82.9 3.38
Rose Bowl 2011 1 0.00% 1,566 895 23 38.91 68.1 3.43

As one can see, there is not much of a difference between the numbers at Trent Bridge and the other English grounds. Let us, then, look back at some of the best performers at the historic ground.

Top run-scorers at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

  R Ave   R Ave   R Ave
Michael Atherton

1,083

60.16

Viv Richards

567

94.50

Sachin Tendulkar

541

67.62

Denis Compton

955

95.50

Sachin Tendulkar

541

67.62

Sourav Ganguly

432

86.40

Graham Gooch

936

55.05

Don Bradman

526

75.14

Rahul Dravid

391

55.85

Tom Graveney

735

81.66

Frank Worrell

468

234.00

VVS Laxman

148

29.60

Geoff Boycott

663

44.20

Sourav Ganguly

432

86.40

Virender Sehwag

106

53.00

Highest scores at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

Runs Runs Runs
Denis Compton

278

Frank Worrell

261

Sachin Tendulkar

177

Frank Worrell

261

Stan McCabe

232

Sourav Ganguly

136

Tom Graveney

258

Viv Richards

232

Rahul Dravid

117

Stan McCabe

232

Basil Butcher

209*

Rahul Dravid

115

Viv Richards

232

Dave Nourse

208

Virender Sehwag

106

Most wickets at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

W Ave W Ave W Ave
James Anderson

49

17.34

Shane Warne

29

17.72

Zaheer Khan

12

20.33

Alec Bedser

41

20.21

Richard Hadlee

24

27.04

Praveen Kumar

7

24.14

Fred Trueman

32

16.50

Clarrie Grimmett

18

17.83

Anil Kumble

7

33.42

Shane Warne

29

17.72

Terry Alderman

16

14.43

S Sreesanth

6

48.00

Brian Statham

28

22.85

Dennis Lillee

14

11.07

Ishant Sharma

5

39.40

As is easily noticeable, James Anderson may turn out to be a major threat for the Indians.

Best bowling at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas

Indians

Figures Figures Figures
Muttiah Muralitharan

8/70

Muttiah Muralitharan

8/70

Zaheer Khan

5/75

Bernard Bosanquet

8/107

Bill O’Reilly

7/54

Zaheer Khan

4/59

James Anderson

7/43

Frank Laver

7/64

Subhash Gupte

4/102

Alec Bedser

7/44

Shane Warne

6/33

Praveen Kumar

4/124

Bill O’Reilly

7/54

Shaun Pollock

6/39

Anil Kumble

3/32

Highest team scores at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas teams

India

Scores Scores Scores
England

658/8 decl

Australia

602/6 decl

India

521

England

619/6 decl

West Indies

558

India

481

England

617

Australia

539

India

424/8 decl

Australia

602/6 decl

South Africa

533

India

357

England

567/8 decl

India

521

India

288

Lowest team scores at Trent Bridge:

Overall

Overseas teams

India

Scores Scores Scores
Pakistan

80

Pakistan

80

India

157

South Africa

88

South Africa

88

India

158

New Zealand

97

New Zealand

97

India

206

England

112

Pakistan

114

India

211

England

114

New Zealand

120

India

288

Pakistan

114

Biggest partnerships at Trent Bridge:

Overall

India

Wicket Runs

Batsmen

Runs

Batsmen

1st

329

Geoff Marsh Mark Taylor

147

Wasim Jaffer Dinesh Karthik

2nd

266

Tom Graveney Peter Richardson

93

Rahul Dravid VVS Laxman

3rd

319

Alan Melville Dudley Nourse

255

Sourav Ganguly Sachin Tendulkar

4th

283

Everton Weekes Frank Worrell

135

Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly

5th

237

Denis Compton Norman Yardley

128

Rahul Dravid Yuvraj Singh

6th

215

Geoff Boycott Alan Knott

39

Sourav Ganguly Ajit Agarkar

7th

204

Darren Sammy Marlon Samuels

52

Sachin Tendulkar Harbhajan Singh

8th

107

Lindsay Hassett Ray Lindwall

22

Harbhajan Singh Praveen Kumar

9th

103

Craig White Matthew Hoggard

60

Rahul Dravid Venkatesh Prasad

10th

163

Phil Hughes Ashton Agar

15

Ishant Sharma S Sreesanth

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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