England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

A prolific debut at No. 8, and Anderson levels with Trueman

Stats highlights from the Trent Bridge Test, a match in which all kinds of lower-order batting feats were eclipsed

S Rajesh

July 13, 2014

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Picture perfect: Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays an inside-out cover drive, England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, July 10, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the second No. 9 batsman to score fifties in each innings of a Test, and the fourth Indian to score two fifties and take a five-for in Tests © Getty Images
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1 - The number of draws at Trent Bridge in the last 11 Tests here. The last time a Test was drawn here was also when India played, in 2002.

46.34 - The average runs per wicket in the Test, which is only the third time the average has gone past 40 in 17 Tests here since 1996. All three of those matches have involved India: the average was 49.92 in 2002, and 46.28 in 1996. In the ten Tests between 2003 and 2013 - each of which ended in a decisive result - the average runs per wicket here was 28.95.

325 - The number of runs scored by Nos. 9 to 11 in the match, which is the second-highest in Test history. The only instance of more runs was at The Oval in 1966, in a Test between West Indies and England, when 329 runs were scored by the last three batsmen. England's last three contributed 234 of those, with John Murray scoring 112, Ken Higgs 63, and John Snow 59.

1 - The number of times, in the last two years, that a Test has been drawn with only three innings being played, and with no interruption from the weather. That happened in Nagpur in 2012, between the same two teams: Twenty-three wickets fell in that Test, with England batting 145.5 and 154 overs in their two innings, and India batting 143 in theirs.

78 - Stuart Binny's score in the second innings, the second-highest by any Indian batting at No. 8 or lower on debut. Only Deepak Shodhan, who made 110 in his first Test, against Pakistan in Kolkata in 1952, has scored more.

2 - The number of fifties for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Test, making him only the second player - after Peter Siddle - to score fifties in each innings when batting at No. 9 or lower in a Test. Siddle scored 51 and 50 against India in Delhi in 2013.

4 - The number of Indian players who've made two 50-plus scores and taken a five-for in a Test, like Bhuvneshwar did at Trent Bridge. The other Indians who did so before him also achieved it in overseas Tests: Rusi Surti (in 1967 in Adelaide), Polly Umrigar (in 1962 at Port of Spain), and Vinoo Mankad (at Lord's in 1952). Overall, this feat has been achieved 14 times in Tests.

229 - The number of Test wickets for James Anderson in England, which equals Fred Trueman's record. Trueman took his wickets in 47 Tests, at an average of 20.04, while Anderson has played 54, and averages 27.30 in England.

4 - The number of Man-of-the-Match awards for Anderson at Trent Bridge, out of the six he has won in his entire Test career. He was also MoM here last year, with match figures of 10 for 158 against Australia. The next best at Trent Bridge is Graham Thorpe, with two at this venue.

3 - The number of times, before this Test, that India didn't lose the first Test of a series in England - in 1971, 1986 and 2007. On each of those occasions, they went on to win the series.

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Posted by JaranNirsi on (July 16, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Jimmy Anderson is a great swing bowler, but to compare him, even if only on the purely coincidental equalling of Fred Trueman's record of wickets in England sounds slightly like heresy. Trueman was one of the great modern fast bowlers, master of pace and swing, and of cutters when age robbed him of the desire to bowl consistently fast for more than the shortest of opening spells. Together with Statham and Tyson, he formed the greatest English fast bowling combination after the war. Anderson can hardly match him in overall versatility and potency. He may, though, more than match him, in bullying an opponent off the field. Sir Fred allowed his bowling to do all the talking. He didn't need anything else.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (July 14, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Series is sealed, India winning easily. @last stat is wonderful. After series Dhoni will be best captain in world, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane will be best middle order batsman in world and Cook will be dismissed from England cricket team.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

It is not justified for Bhuvneshwar Kumar not get the Man of the Match after scoring two fifties and take a five-for in Tests.

Posted by TheScot on (July 14, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

The last stat is very interesting.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (July 14, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

@Kingman75: In all fairness, Trueman helped himself to a lot of wickets against sides like India, Pakistan or New Zealand which were fairly new to test cricket back in the 50s.

Posted by regofpicton on (July 14, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

No one (except apparently the England selectors of the period) has ever doubted Trueman's greatness. But much of the difference between his average and Anderson's can probably be attributed to Trueman's performance on uncovered pitches. Anderson might not be absolutely "great" but he's miles better than "mediocre"!

Posted by godshand on (July 14, 2014, 0:38 GMT)

Bhuvi was more deserving than anderson.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 13, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

Despite these records, as a fan I feel a more competitive test series is possible and hope that results will not be doctored as they were done in this test.

Posted by Kingman75 on (July 13, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

The stat between Trueman and Anderson outlined the difference between true greatness and mediocrity. To average 27 over a long period of time in some of the most favourable conditions for swing bowling which also happens to be his home conditions really says it all

Posted by tinkertinker on (July 13, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

We have seen the bets test cricket has to offer this year with the epic Australia vs SA dogfight but india vs england tends to be test cricket at it's most dour.

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